The skies above America’s airports have been plagued by a terrifying phenomenon – pilots mistakenly landing on taxiways instead of runways. These potentially deadly errors have caused 1,641 “wrong surface events” since 2016, with small planes being responsible for a shocking 83% of these dangerous incidents.
But there is a glimmer of hope amidst this chaos – new technology known as ASDE-X Taxiway Arrival Prediction (ATAP) is being rolled out across the nation to prevent these horrifying accidents.
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How a new visual and auditory ATAP alarm sounds in the air traffic control tower