Pilot braking reports and runway condition assessment

RunwaySense meets the 2021 ICAO Global Report Format

How does it work?

RunwaySense is a collaborative web-based platform where airspace users share runway condition reports in real-time to enhance the runway condition awareness, and to allow the airport to anticipate and mitigate slippery conditions.

RunwaySense uses data generated by the Braking Action Computation Function (“BACF”) as a sensor to determine how the runway condition is trending.
The principle 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), and available on A320 and A330 aircraft families.
Reports from BACF are compliant with the ICAO Global Reporting Format (“GRF”)

Runway condition reports can be obtained via two channels:

  • 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.


  1. Enhance runway safety

    Runway Excursions (RE) are a major cause of accidents at airports. IATA data show that 25% of them occur on contaminated runways. Measuring the runway condition is therefore a key element in preventing RE events.

  2. ICAO Global Reporting Format

    RunwaySense meets the ICAO Global Reporting Format requirements by using TALPA compliant runway condition reports.

  3. Specially Prepared Winter Runways

    RunwaySense generates real aircraft data that can support airports to meet SPWR requirements.

  4. Unique data source

    Only NAVBLUE can identify the braking action level based on Airbus aircraft performance models.

  5. Real-time reports

    Access real-time data to better understand how the runway condition is trending to anticipate and mitigate slippery conditions.

  6. Multi-channel deliveries

    Choose the method of receiving RunwaySense reports that best meets your operational requirements.

facts & figures

NAVBLUE is partnering with SARSYS ASFT

1,400+ aircraft are committed to be equipped with BACF all over the world, in Europe, India, Indonesia, Russia, North America and Latin America.


Capt. Karl Wilhelmson
Fleet Chief Pilot A320, Scandinavian Airlines

“SAS has installed the BACF system in our Airbus fleet to use RunwaySense as a means to increase pilot awareness of actual vs. predicted runway conditions and thus, to enhance operational safety. Furthermore, the system offers possibilities to, on a strategic scale, increase cooperation between manufacturers, operators and airports, especially with the introduction of the Global Reporting Format and standardized use of Runway Condition Codes. We at SAS are looking forward to a full use of both these aspects of the BACF and RunwaySense systems and so far we are happy with the results. I hope that we will see more of this kind of effective and efficient use of data and systems to increase safety in airline operations.”

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