Aviation safety issues and actions

Standards for installation of runway centreline lighting on wider runways

Issue number: AO-2016-166-SI-01
Who it affects: Operators using runways wider than 50 m without centreline lighting
Issue owner: International Civil Aviation Organization
Transport function: Aviation: Airports
Background: Investigation Report AO-2016-166
Issue release date: 15 May 2019
Current issue status: Safety action pending

Safety issue description

Category I runways that are wider than 50 m and without centreline lighting are over-represented in veer-off occurrences involving transport category aircraft landing in low visibility conditions. The installation of centreline lighting on wider category I runways is recommended but not mandated by the International Civil Aviation Organization Annex 14.

Recommendation

Action number: AO-2016-166-SR-013
Action organisation: International Civil Aviation Organization
Date: 15 May 2019
Action status: Released

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the International Civil Aviation Organization review the effectiveness of Annex 14, recommendation 5.3.12.2 (for the installation of runway centreline lighting on Category I runways that are wider than 50 m), given that Category I runways that are wider than 50 m and without centreline lighting are over-represented in veer-off occurrences involving transport category aircraft landing in low visibility conditions.

Additional correspondence

Response date: 22 July 2019
Response from: ICAO
Action status: Monitor
Response text:

On 19 July 2019, ICAO stated:

...the proposal to review Annex 14 - Aerodromes, Volume I - Aerodrome Design and Operations, Recommendation 5.3.12.2 will be given due consideration and will be referred to the Aerodrome Design and Operations Panel (ADOP) for further study. The ADOP, and other Panels such as the Flight Operations Panel (FLTOPSP), will review the recommendation for appropriate action. The next ADOP meeting is scheduled for November 2019.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB will monitor the progress of the ICAO review and assess the safety issue on completion.

Last update 15 May 2019