Is your Airport Ready for the GRF?

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Is your Airport Ready for the GRF?

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With runway contamination a major cause of excursions at airports, the international civil aviation organization (ICAO) has introduced the global reporting format (GRF). This new methodology focuses on the assessment and reporting of runway surface conditions. It not only standardizes the assessment and reporting of runway surface conditions possible, but also improves the flight crew’s assessment of take-off and landing. Ultimately, the new methodology can also reduce the risk of incidents.

But the question is, how ready is your airport to implement GRF?

Here at NACO, we have been proactively working on initiatives to address this question and to support airports as they prepare for the new reporting format which is due to come into effect on 5 November 2020. Our Runway Condition Report Tool (RCR-Tool ©) is one such initiative which is able to provide automated condition reporting and forecasting in real time. Based on rainfall intensities, together with the runway’s 3D model and other surface characteristics, condition code is generated which can help directly in the assessment of take-off and landing conditions.

Combining the power of our in-house expertise in water technologies and airports, the RCR-Tool© provides just one way that you can get ahead of the 2020 deadline and start preparing proactively for the new reporting format. To find out how we can support you in the run-up to November 2020, contact our expert, Pim Meyboom at: