FAA Sets Parameters

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In a general notice (GENOT) sent out to air traffic facilities, the FAA says that air traffic managers must review the impact that airport configuration and local conditions may have on TIPH operations, and prepare a facility directive that prescribes local procedures. The GENOT (click through for the pdf file) also stipulates what staffing must be in place and how workloads can be distributed. The action followed a high-profile runway incursion that took place at Los Angeles International Airport last month. A departing Skywest turboprop was told to taxi onto the same runway on which a Southwest Airlines 737 had been cleared to land. At the same time, a taxiing Air Canada jet was told that it could cross the other end of the runway on its way to the terminals. The Skywest pilot saw the 737 on final and stopped short of the runway. The 737 landed without incident, but passed less than 300 feet from the Skywest airplane. The FAA also had issued a GENOT last August asking all ATC towers to review their use of the procedure.