FAA Won't Force Airports to Change Takeoff Procedures

The procedures were aimed at reducing the risk of an arriving airplane flying over or landing on top of another plane waiting on a runway to depart.

"You almost must already have the pilot on the runway in position so he is ready to roll when you tell him to," said Doug Fralick, director of safety and technology at the controllers union. "If the plane is still sitting on the taxiway, you lose your predictability because it takes time for the engines to spool up power and the plane to get into position."


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