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IFALPA issues position on friction measurement

“Using an aircraft as a friction-measuring l That such equipment must be safe flight crew (post-landing readout) so
device can be a safety enhancement and suitable for normal line operations. they can detect clearly false values.
provided the flight crew fully l Measurements should be reliable for l Measuring information received by
understands what the system is various aircraft types, weights and other aircraft should be displayed to
designed to do, how it will do it, how it runway contaminations – for example, the flight crew in a usable, universal
affects operations, and, lastly, how the friction measured/reported by an format in good time before landing,
data generated will be used.” That’s the aircraft should be comparable to so that the performance calculation
conclusion of a recent IFALPA Position another aircraft type and harmonized can be made.
Paper on “Aircraft as friction measuring with the measuring aircraft “Such a system may be part of the
device” developed by the Aircraft Design performance data. solution to the non-standardized friction-
& Operation (ADO) Committee. l Reverse thrust effects should be taken measuring devices currently operating,
Industry research and scientific into account in the measurements and improve the relation between
projects are assessing the feasibility of returned. measured braking action and actual
using braking efficiency data from l Ground-based braking action measuring deceleration of aircraft, but its
landing aircraft to provide runway status devices should remain in use. implementation should ensure that
information to other aircraft – for l Measuring should be possible with it does not create an additional level
example, during runway icing conditions. normal braking. of complexity,” states the IFALPA
IFALPA recommends that such friction l Information sent out by an aircraft Paper, which is available on the
measurement should consider: should be available to its operating Federation’s website.

SEC discusses hot security topics

IFALPA’s Security (SEC) Committee The Committee also welcomed observers
discussed operator security programs, from the International Civil Aviation
cargo security, screening, security Organization (ICAO), the International Air
scanners, Crew Member Certificates Transport Association (IATA), and the
(CMCs), chemical, biological, radiological, aviation security division of the Royal Current/former chairmen of the SEC Committee
and nuclear (CBRN) threats, MANPADs, Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). (l-r): Fred Deveaux, Canada (1987-95); Peter
in-flight security officers (IFSOs), unruly Laser attacks on aircraft continue to be Reiss, USA (1995-99); Jo Puff, Germany (1999-
09); Nico Voorbach, Netherlands (2009-11);
passengers, revision of the Tokyo of great concern to the Committee, and a
Craig Hall, Canada (2011-present, acting).
Convention (in view of the forthcoming joint IFALPA/IATA paper will be prepared
Diplomatic Conference in 2014), and other for the next ICAO AVSEC Panel meeting The SEC meeting also finalized a
subjects at an SEC meeting in Montreal, (March 17-21, 2014), urging ICAO to add Position Paper on Security Management
Canada, held September 10-12. laser attacks to the list of acts of unlawful Systems (SeMS) and a briefing leaflet on
There were 34 delegates in attendance, interference and to encourage ICAO recommended crew actions in case of
including new representatives from contracting states to develop suitable hijack. The next SEC Committee meeting
Canada, France, Morocco, and the US. legislation against them. will be held November 6-8 in Bangkok.
AEA’s Khan wants more runways in Europe

The only sustainable solution to the Athar Husain Khan, acting secretary million flights a year would have nowhere
looming ‘capacity crunch’ is the provision general of the Association of European to land or take off. The traffic which is
of more flights at major hub airports, Airlines (AEA), cited the Eurocontrol still moving would experience a five-fold
according to the “Challenges of Growth report’s finding that airport capacity will increase in congestion-related delay,”
2013” report issued by the European be a limiting factor in growth. “In the most- he noted.
Organization for the Safety of Air likely scenario, 12% of demand would be “The only sustainable solution is the
Navigation (Eurocontrol). unaccommodated in 2035. Almost two provision of more capacity.”
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