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Aviation Safety: Opportunities Exist for FAA to Improve Airport Terminal Area Safety Efforts

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The Runway Safety Manager should establish a plan to assess the effectiveness of all of FAA's terminal area-safety efforts, including Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X) and the Runway Safety Program. (Recommendation 3)
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In November 2020 FAA noted that it would identify actions to assess the effectiveness of all of its terminal-area safety efforts in a Runway Safety Evolution Plan, which the agency expects to complete in fiscal year 2022. Once the Runway Safety Group implements the Runway Safety Evolution Plan, the Group will execute steps to baseline, assess and monitor the effectiveness of terminal area-safety efforts. We will continue to monitor FAA's related efforts and will review the Runway Safety Evolution Plan and these steps when they are available.

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