An upcoming NBAA safety resource offers guidance on preventing runway excursions on takeoff and landing, which remain a significant safety concern throughout business aviation. “Runway excursion avoidance begins well before the flight,” advises Mike Thomas, a captain and aviation safety manager for a Fortune 500 flight operation. “From the day that you get that trip on the schedule, take a look at the airports that you plan to use for both favorable and unfavorable weather well ahead of time, and check the performance numbers for dry, wet and contaminated [conditions].”
In this episode of NBAA’s “Flight Plan,” host Rob Finfrock speaks with two NBAA Safety Committee members:
Marty Plumleigh, SMS manager and aviation safety technical lead, Boeing Digital Solutions and Analytics
Mike Thomas, captain and aviation safety manager for a Fortune 500 flight operation
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