Breaking Rules: Estimates Show That More Than 1,000 Commercial Airports Have Yet to Comply with ICAO's Frangibility Rules

This article reports that more than 1,000 commercial airports still have not complied with the ICAO’s frangibility rules. These rules are aimed at eliminating injury should an aircraft collide with any visual or non-visual aids, such as lighting towers, weather equipment or radio navigational aids, located near runways, taxiways and aprons. These structures should be designed to withstand substantial winds, but break apart easily or yield readily in the event that an aircraft collides with them. Proof of compliance with the frangibility rules must be verified and supplied to aviation authorities according to ICAO’s Annex 14 and Aerodrome Manual Part 6 publications. Enforcement date for these regulations was January 1, 2005. Airfields in northern Europe and the United States have the highest rates of compliance.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 22-23
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  • Accession Number: 01095697
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 18 2008 3:53PM