$400M to be spent on runways in Canada

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  1. sobore
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    Canada's airport operators are howling after federal aviation officials Friday revealed it will cost them at least $400 million to bring runways up to international safety standards with longer overrun zones.

    The move comes six years after an Air France airliner barrelled off a rain-slick Toronto runway and caught fire - and one year after the Transportation Safety Board of Canada warned that runway "excursions" and other landing safety issues pose one of the country's greatest transportation risks.

    Transport Canada civil aviation officials informed industry executives meeting in Ottawa on Friday the department is committed to a draft regulation requiring mandatory 150-metre, unobstructed emergency stopping zones at each end of many of the country's runways. The move is expected to receive final approval next year.

    Canada is one of the few countries that still does not formally comply with the 1999 International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) minimum 150-metre runway "air bag" standard, much less the ICAO's recommended practice of 300-metre "runway end safety areas" or RESAs.

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    Interesting that they cite the Air France accident, but I am not sure it was the length of the runway that was the main problem. There were heavy winds that day, with a lot of diversions to other airports. The AF plane has also at fault having touched ground almost halfway into the runway and at speeds higher than normal. Had the plane landed closer to the start of the runway (and a little slower), this may not have been the disaster it was!

    But then again, the Air Transport Rating Agency rated AF one of the 10 safest airlines in the world! :rolleyes:

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