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Effective Oct. 1, 2016, FAA implemented significant changes to the reporting of runway conditions and contamination. The new system, referred to as Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA), incorporates the Runway Condition Matrix (RCAM) that airport operators use to assign runway condition codes (RwyCC) of between zero and six for each third of the runway. Higher numbers represent more favorable conditions, based on objective measurements of the type and amount of surface contamination. Field conditions are disseminated via the NOTAM system. Aircraft operators use the pilot version of the RCAM to determine how their aircraft will perform.

The NBAA Access Committee has developed these comprehensive educational resources to assist aircraft operators in becoming familiar with all aspects of TALPA.

NBAA TALPA Educational Videos

Introduction and Overview

Introduction and overview of the TALPA educational materials developed by the NBAA Access Committee. This course consists of five modules. (11:29)

TALPA Level 1 – Runway Conditions and Contaminants

This briefing covers the types of conditions and definitions of contaminants reportable through field condition NOTAMs. (8:27)

TALPA Level 2 – Runway Condition Assessment Reporting and Monitoring

This briefing covers how airport operators assess and monitor runway conditions and apply the Runway Condition Assessment Matrix (RCAM). (35:05)

TALPA Level 3 – Field Condition Reporting and Braking Action Advisories

This briefing discusses changes to Field Condition (FICON) reporting, introduces Runway Condition Codes (RwyCC) and provides insight into pilot braking action reports. (22:58)

TALPA Level 4 – Airplane Performance and TALPA

This briefing discusses the relationship between TALPA and aircraft performance. (30:32)

TALPA Level 5 – Applying TALPA

This briefing discusses how pilots apply Field Condition NOTAMs and Runway Condition Codes (RwyCC) to assess takeoff and landing performance on contaminated runways and how to use the Runway Condition Matrix (RCAM) and Pilot Braking Reports as decision-making tools. (26:20)