- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - Officials are working to reduce the number of incidents that occur on the runways of Honolulu Airport, which has had the nation’s highest number of runway mishaps for the past three years.

Last year, the Federal Aviation Administration reported 36 incidents at the airport, ranging from minor runway violations to a near-collision between a helicopter and a twin-engine plane. There were 42 incidents in 2014 and 13 the previous year.

Dozens of pilots attended a forum at the airport Wednesday, where officials discussed ways to improve airport regulations and prevent runway mishaps, Hawaii News Now reported (https://bit.ly/1XyK18c).

“My understanding is that if the FAA doesn’t like the numbers they put pressure on the airport,” said Hawaii aviation expert Peter Forman. “So they then consider alternatives such as reducing the light plane and helicopter activity at the airport.”

Some say the Honolulu Airport has had more runway issues because it is one of the few airports where large commercial carriers share the tarmac with smaller tour companies, helicopters and solo pilots.

Forman attributed the high numbers to recently installed sensors at the airport that detect whether a plane is where it is supposed to be.

“Before, if a pilot … stops one foot over the hold-short line, that wouldn’t be detected,” Forman said. “Nowadays that would be detected as an error.”


Information from: KGMB-TV, https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/

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