incursion is an incident where an unauthorized aircraft, vehicle or person is
on a runway. This adversely affects runway safety, as it creates the risk that
an airplane taking off or landing will collide with the object. The CDA and FAA
take runway incursions very seriously and continuously work to avoid instances.
All occurrences are tracked and reported. The CDA has been technology and
improvements to the airfield to avoid or minimize the likelihood of runway occurrences.
hundreds of thousands of passengers traveling Chicago’s airports each winter
season, the City of Chicago team is prepared to run safe and efficient
operations no matter what Mother Nature throws their way. Teams of more than
600 city workers, and over 300 plows and other pieces of equipment operate to
keep both the runways and the roadways clear and open in any event. They are
responsible for maintaining the safety of 80 miles of pavement at O’Hare and 8
miles at Midway. The CDA’s snow crews train all year long for winter weather
operations. Across O’Hare and Midway, more than 600 city staff are dedicated to
snow operations alone, with hundreds more from the airlines, contractors and
other airport teams working alongside one another to fight snow and ice,
keeping passengers safe.
UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (UAS/Drone)
The FAA has
regulated the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS/Drone) and the Chicago
Department of Aviation as the operator of both Midway International and O’Hare
International Airports has a role to play.
utilizes Rules 14 CFR Part 101 and Part 107 to govern the use of Unmanned
14 CFR Part 101 pertains to UAS/Drones that weigh between .55
to 55 pounds and are operated for hobby or recreational purposes only. Under
this rule the operator of the drone is required to provide the airport operator
and the Air Traffic Control Tower with prior notice if they intend to operate
with in a 5 mile radius of the airport.
14 CFR Part 107: The Small UAS Rule pertains to Commercial
and Other Non-Model Aircraft UAS Operations. The weight considerations are the
same as Part 101 but there are additional regulatory requirements that must be
met by the operator and permissions granted by the FAA Air Traffic Control
Organization if the UAS/Drone is going to operate in a controlled airspace.
pertaining to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS/Drone) should be funneled to the
following CDA representatives for follow up.
Midway Airfield Airport – 773-838-0677
O’Hare Airport / Airfield
You can go
to www.faa.gov/uas for additional
information if you would like to further educate yourself on this topic.
AIRPORT OPERATIONS WORKING
The CDA and
its contractors have active participation with its airline partners and FAA to
identify changes on the airfield and areas where improvement is needed. The CDA
conducts regular meetings with the airfield construction managers to identify
airfield construction projects and their impact on the airfield operations. The
CDA also meets with FAA – Air Traffic to discuss airfield movements and areas
of concern. The CDA has an active Pilot Awareness Campaign that provides
outreach to all airline partners. https://www.flychicago.com/community/pilotawareness/pages/default.aspx
Chicago’s airports are well-equipped to
provide a safe and efficient experience to the traveling public.
The CDA works closely with its partners at
the FAA to ensure every airport employee that drives on the Airport Operations Area
(AOA) receives specialized training as required by FAA Part 139 regulations. Driver
safety training is offered for all airline, vendor and governmental agencies
that drive on the airfield at O’Hare and Midway, and includes rigorous
classroom and field training. Training
is updated regularly to ensure drivers are up to date on current standards.
Depending on their job duties, drivers are retrained each year. In addition to a
robust training program, to increase awareness and remind staff about the
seriousness of the issue, CDA posts frequent signage in buildings and vehicles
to remind people about being mindful on the airfield and communicating with air
traffic control towers. To schedule driver safety training, please contact (NUMBER) for O’Hare; and (NUMBER) for Midway.
Through the FAA’s dedicated runway safety office, the agency works with
CDA and commercial aviation and general aviation partners to ensure safe
conditions for every flight operation. The CDA has taken
action to both elevate airport-wide awareness of airfield safety into daily
operations, and strengthen disciplinary actions within our organization when an
incursion occurs. To prevent an incursion or
surface incident, CDA encourages airfield staff to stay in close communication
with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) partners at all times.
To report any safety violations they see,
employees as well as passengers are encouraged to report them immediately to
the O’Hare Communications Center (OCC) at (773) 894-5000, and the Midway
Communications Center at (NUMBER).