How does it work?
RunwaySense is a web-based platform where airspace users share runway condition reports in real-time to better understand how the runway condition is trending, and to allow the airport to anticipate and mitigate slippery conditions.
RunwaySense uses data generated by the Braking Action Computation Function (“BACF+”) to determine how the runway condition is trending. The principal of BACF+ is to use the data measured by the aircraft during its deceleration roll to identify the braking action level from DRY to POOR at different points of the runway. BACF+ integration is certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in June 2018, and available on A320 family aircraft. BACF is certified on A330. A Controlled Entry Into Service will be performed in 2020
Runway condition reports can be obtained via 3 channels:
- MCDU page – A few seconds after the aircraft speed has decreased below 30kts, details about the runway state become available to the pilot on a dedicated MCDU page.
- RunwaySense web-service platform – NAVBLUE will collect and display the results on a web-service platform.
- RunwaySense on-demand – RunwaySense can also be integrated into your own airport and flight following tools using an API.