As a result of ongoing landing overruns in the US, the NTSB recommended that the FAA should “Demonstrate the technical and operational feasibility of outfitting transport-category airplanes with equipment and procedures required to routinely calculate, record, and convey the airplane braking ability required and/or available to slow or stop the airplane during the landing roll. If feasible, require operators of transport-category airplanes to incorporate use of such equipment and related procedures into their operations.”

As a response, in 2007, Aviation Safety Technologies (AST) was formed with the purpose of introducing real-time reporting of true aircraft braking and cornering performance into the National Airspace Systems (NAS). AST aims to achieve this through quantitative measuring devices for determining runway conditions. Furthermore AST wants to: calculate true braking and cornering coefficients, making data useable and in real-time and applying trend analysis for predictive modeling.

AST provides the world’s first FAA-validated Runway Condition Code (RCC) service using real-time data from landing aircraft and unique surface-contaminant sensor technology. The SafeLand™ and SafeScan™ information systems from Aviation Safety Technologies, can help transform how airlines and airports measure, report, and act upon runway conditions. Compliant with FAA’s RCAM Requirements of AC 150-5200-30, these solutions improve safety, efficiency and customer satisfaction by providing objective and validated measurements of surface conditions across an entire airport.