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

20,000+ runway condition messages produced per month

Data generated for 450+ airports per month


Ronny Andersen
Project Manager, Avinor

“For Avinor it is very important to get data in real time, in order to monitor the friction levels on the runway. NAVBLUE gives us a tool that does just that, to satisfy the demands from our regulators and the Government.”

Technical Director, Finavia

“We experience heavy seasonal weather variation at all our 20 airports and our highly developed winter maintenance is world-renowned. We are glad to start the upcoming winter season with NAVBLUE’s RunwaySense.”

Latest news about this product

News - 16/12/2021

Avinor selects NAVBLUE’s RunwaySense for 15 airports in Norway

News - 16/12/2021

Avinor selects NAVBLUE’s RunwaySense for 15 airports in Norway

Avinor, the wholly-owned state limited company under the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications, ...

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