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FAASTeam Notice
Type: General Information
Notice Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Notice Number: NOTC0193
New Animation @ Runway Safety Simulator
This notice expired on
Sunday, August 30, 2020

The FAA is happy to release the newest animation to the Runway Safety Pilot Simulator (  This animation, “The Anatomy of a Wrong Surface Event” is the second in a three part series focusing on causal factors for wrong surface events, such as incorrect runway or taxiway approaches, landings, or departures.  Specifically, this episode highlights the importance of guarding against certain environmental factors that contribute to wrong surface events and other runway incursions.  Stay tuned for the third and final episode in this series coming later this summer!


Use caution when conducting Intersection Takeoffs!  Runway behind you is runway you’ll never get back.  Carefully evaluate the potential risks versus rewards when departing from an intersection.

  • Align heading bugs or course needles (if equipped) with the runway heading before taking the runway.
  • Prior to adding takeoff power, double check your alignment with the magnetic compass and heading bug/course needle to ensure you turned onto the correct runway.  (Make sure you turned in the correct direction for takeoff!)
  • YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to use all available runway.  If you don’t want to accept an intersection departure from ATC, kindly state “UNABLE” and clearly communicate your request(s).
  • Check out AIM 4-3-10 and 5-2-5 for more information on Intersection Takeoffs.

Fly Safe,

Nick DeLotell

FAA Commercial Operations Branch

(609) 485-9500