Runway Safety Management


Runway Safety is a significant challenge and top priority for airport operations and ACI is proud to present this new online training program dealing with Runway Safety Management designed for airport operators.

The content of this course has been distilled from a wide range of guidance material from Civil Aviation Authorities, operational safety procedures from ACI member airports, guidance from the International Civil Aviation Organization and publications from other international aviation organizations dealing with runway safety.

Please note – this course is also available in French.

Learning Objectives

On completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Recognize industry best practices with regards to runway planning, design, maintenance and operation.
  • Understand how to develop an effective runway safety program, including the establishment of a Local Runway Safety Team.
  • Understand how to tailor, improve and expand on their existing runway safety programs.
  • Take action to prevent runway incursions and excursions.

Who Should Enrol?

  • All new employees that require initial safety training as part of their induction process.
  • Existing employees that require initial or recurrent safety training.
  • World Business Partners that wish to obtain an increased understanding of airside operations.
  • Personnel from airport stakeholders and service providers that operate at the airport.
  • Airport managers, supervisors or personnel with operations, safety or compliance responsibilities.
  • Personnel responsible for training and facilitating airside operational staff.
  • Anyone interested in a career in airport operations and/or safety.

Course Content

The Runway Safety Management course covers the following topics:

Runway Safety

  • The importance of runway safety.
  • Runway Safety Teams.
  • Identifying ‘hot spots’ and runway hazards.
  • The role of training and safety awareness programs.

Planning and Design

  • The importance of the Airport Master Plan in runway planning and design.
  • Key design elements that improve operational efficiency and maximize runway safety.
  • Eliminating runway incursion risks.
  • Visual aids – including markings, signs and lighting.

Runway Inspections & Reporting

  • Major elements of a runway inspection program.
  • Requirements for reporting runway surface conditions.
  • Measuring runway surface friction.

Low Visibility Procedures & NAVAIDs

  • Procedures required to ensure the safe operation of aircraft during low visibility conditions.
  • Protecting the operation of Navigational Aids (NAVAIDs).


  • Key runway hazards – including wildlife and Foreign Object Debris (FOD) – and how to prevent and manage these.
  • Obstacle Limitation Surfaces (OLS).
  • Communication procedures.
  • Vehicle driver training requirements.
  • Incident reporting and investigation.
  • Disseminating Aeronautical Information.

Runway Maintenance

  • The importance of maintaining the runway surface condition.
  • Preventative maintenance programs for visual and non-visual aids.
  • Common runway contaminants and removal procedures.

Temporary Restrictions

  • Declared Distances and Displaced Thresholds.
  • Disseminating information regarding temporary changes to the manoeuvring area.
  • The impact of reduced Rescue and Fire Fighting, temporary obstacles and runway closures on airside operations.

Construction Safety

  • Key risks associated with airside construction and how to manage these
  • Construction Safety Plans.
  • Closing construction and re-opening runways.


This course includes an integrated online assessment.

Candidates must successfully complete the assessment to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Course info

  • Language: English
  • Duration: 4 Hours
  • Level: Short Course
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$195.00 CAD