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									                                         CERTALERT

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              ADVISORY * CAUTIONARY * NON-DIRECTIVE

          AIRPORT SAFETY AND OPERATIONS DIVISION AAS-300
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DATE:           08/26/2002                                                       NO. 02-05

TO:             AIRPORT CERTIFICATION SAFETY INSPECTORS

TOPIC:          DRIVER TRAINING SIMULATORS.


Recently the FAA issued Advisory Circular 150/5210-20, Ground Vehicle Operations on
Airports, encouraging airport operators to set up driver training programs on their airports. The
training programs could be very simple, such as requiring drivers authorized to drive on the
airside to read the airport rules and regulations that pertain to driving on ramps and aprons.
These programs could also be more elaborate, with formal training sessions, examinations, and
a requirement for demonstrating driver proficiency. In actuality, most programs will be
somewhere in between.

The purposes of these programs are to help avoid runway incursions and to protect the drivers
of vehicles and their passengers, as well as the flying public. The training programs can benefit
airline and tenant employees, as well as the airport owner’s/operator’s employees.

Because of the seriousness of appropriate driver training, several companies have developed
driver-training simulators. These come in 2 types – mobile and stationary. Both have
advantages and disadvantages. A mobile simulator that was demonstrated to the FAA can be
used not only for driver training, but also for training aircraft rescue and fire fighters in the proper
handling of their vehicles and for airport maintenance personnel to train on snow removal
equipment. The simulator can be modified to simulate ARFF equipment, snow removal
equipment, as well as a variety of other types of vehicles. All in all, it was quite realistic and
challenging.

We would encourage airport owners and operators to consider the use of such a simulator to
help train personnel and, in so doing, to help vehicle operators recognize and avoid conditions
that lead to runway incursions.


___________OSB __________________                                        08/26/2002
  Benedict D. Castellano, Manager                                            Date
Airport Safety and Operations Division

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