"The primary thing for us is that the person who controls (runway) clearance is not distracted by other duties," Breslin said. "The pilot can look out the window and say, 'I can't taxi on the runway, there's another aircraft there.'
"Disasters have been averted because pilots looked out their windows on approach."
The FAA's new TIPH requirements include prohibiting controllers from being responsible for more than one runway or for runways on other parts of the airport. They also prohibit the tower controller from working other positions combined with his or her primary runway responsibility.
"We applaud the FAA's action to improve safety on our runways," said Mike Leone, chairman of the Allied Pilots Association's safety committee. "The risk factors the FAA found in its review are real, and the changes mandated in this notice will significantly mitigate those risks."
But Fralick, the safety director with the controllers association, said it will be difficult for controllers to avoid multiple duties since the FAA's authorized work force is short 1,450 controllers today and is projected to lose more controllers in the future.
As with the TIPH issues, the impending controller work force shortage requires a well-thought-out solution, not a Band-Aid, pilots and controllers said.
"Let's fix the problem," Fralick said.
Federal regulators are restricting use of an air traffic clearance procedure that expedites traffic by allowing aircraft to taxi onto a runway behind another plane that has started its roll to...
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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) An airliner that had just landed at Los Angeles International Airport nearly taxied across a parallel runway on which another jetliner was taking off this week, officials said...
Most airlines and pilots appear to support FAA in its recent and much belated efforts to improve the safety of controllers' use of 'taxi into position and hold'(TIPH).