FAA Reminds Pilots To Communicate Clearly

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Miscommunications are a major cause of runway incursions, the FAA said in a safety notice issued this week. Statistics show that incursions this year are higher than last year, with 139 incursions so far in FY2007, compared to 117 in the same period the year before. The incursions included incidents such as crossing hold-short lines without clearance from ATC, landing or departing without ATC clearance, and departing from the wrong runway. To avoid such incidents, the FAA suggests that pilots review proper radio technique. Also, the FAA reminds pilots that a “Taxi To” clearance authorizes the aircraft to cross all runways and taxiways which the taxi route intersects. But this clearance does not authorize the aircraft to enter or cross the assigned takeoff runway at any point. The FAA now requires that pilots read back all "hold short" instructions. More details are listed in a brief safety reminder posted online by the FAA.