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Runway Safety

Aviation safety – in the air or on the ground – is a responsibility NAV CANADA shares with all aviation stakeholders. That’s why we work with our partners to achieve continuous improvement in runway safety by applying international best practices.


Local Runway Safety Team
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Establishing a local Runway Safety Team is one of the most important steps to managing the safety hazards at or around an airport. On this page you will find information to help you start your local Runway Safety Team. The information was compiled from existing resources and organizations, such as ICAO, who have gathered extensive information on best practices. We hope this site will be helpful.

If you would like additional support, or have questions or comments, please contact service@navcanada.ca


Runway Safety Action Team (RSAT)


In 2006, NAV CANADA joined with other aviation stakeholders to create the Runway Safety and Incursion Prevention Panel (RSIPP), which serves as a national forum for exchanging information on runway safety and runway incursions. The panel’s mandate was broadened in 2011 to include runway excursions. In 2018 the name was changed to Runway Safety Action Team (RSAT) with an updated Terms of Reference to emphasize the focus on recommending actions to Transport Canada (TC) on ways to reduce the number of incidents.​

NAV CANADA chairs the RSAT, which meets at least twice per year. Individual team members bring their organization’s concerns and recommendations to the RSAT for discussion, and the RSAT makes recommendations to improve runway safety. Many of the team’s recommendations have resulted in safety improvements.

To raise runway-safety issues with the RSAT, write to: service@navcanada.ca.


Members of RSAT