The New Global Reporting Format for Runway Surface Conditions

 

The 5 November 2020 applicability date for the GRF is fast approaching, so in partnership with key international organisations ICAO is working hard to support its Member States and stakeholders as they start their planning. To help, an important awareness action took place during the ICAO Assembly's 40th session, with a GRF-related Skytalk.

 

 

 

 

 

The new ICAO methodology for assessing and reporting runway surface conditions, commonly known as the Global Reporting Format (GRF), enables the harmonized assessment and reporting of runway surface conditions and a correspondingly improved flight crew assessment of take-off and landing performance.


The GRF, applicable on 5 November 2020, is described through amendment 13-B to Annex 14 — Aerodromes, Volume I — Aerodrome Design and Operations; Annex 3 — Meteorological Service for International Air Navigation; Annex 6 — Operation of Aircraft, Part I — International Commercial Air Transport — Aeroplanes and Part IIInternational General Aviation Aeroplanes; Annex 8 — Airworthiness of Aircraft; Annex 15 — Aeronautical Information Services and Procedures for Air Navigation Services (PANS) — Aerodromes (PANS-Aerodromes, Doc 9981), Aeronautical Information Management (PANS-AIM, Doc 10066) and Air Traffic Management (PANS-ATM, Doc 4444).


In addition, supporting material is available in Circular 355, Assessment, Measurement and Reporting of Runway Surface Conditions and in the Doc 10064 Aeroplane Performance Manual (in preparation).


All of the above reference documents are available through the ICAO publications portal.


Various activities are being conducted to raise awareness and support deployment of the GRF such as a global symposium and regional seminars that will take place between June 2019 and November 2020.

 

Activities

 

Location​ Date​Description Website
​2019 ​ ​
Montreal, Canada​26-28 March 2019​ICAO/ACI Symposium on Implementation of the New Global Reporting Format for Runway Surface Condition (GRF2019)
For more information and presentations, click here
Bangkok, Thailand​27 - 28 June 2019​AOP SG3 GRF Seminar
For more information and presentations, click here
Dakar, Senegal​​2-3 July 2019 ICAO Regional Seminar on Implementation of the New GRF for Runway Surface Condition
For more information and presentations, click here
​Paris, France10-11 July 2019​Workshop on Implementation of the New GRF for Runway Surface Conditions
For more information and presentations, click here
Nairobi, Kenya​14-15 August 2019​ICAO Regional workshop on the New GRF for Runway Surface Conditions
For more information and presentations, click here
Lima, Peru​21-22 August 2019​ICAO-ACI LAC Regional Seminar on GRF for Runway Conditions
For more information and presentations, click here
​Accra, Ghana​17-18 October 2019 ICAO/ACI Regional Seminar on the Implementation of the New GRF for Runway Surface Condition​​For more information and presentations, click here
​Johannesburg, South Africa ​28-29 November 2019​Regional Seminar

​For more information and presentations, click here

​Frankfurt, Germany10-11 December 2019​Regional SeminarFor more information and presentations, click here
2020​ ​
​Madrid, Spain​21-22 January 2020​IATA Regional Seminar​For more information, click here to contact the meeting focal point           
​Helsinki, Finland28-29 January 2020​​ICAO Regional Seminar​For more information and presentations, click here           
​COSCAP-SEA Webinar​30 April 2020ICAO/​APAC Regional Webinar

​Recording here.

​Mexico City, Mexico​17-18 March 2020​ICAO Regional SeminarEvent postponed
​Cairo, Egypt​22-23 March 2020ICAO Regional SeminarEvent postponed
​Nara, Japan​​21 April 2020​ACI State Workshop ​Event cancelled
​Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan​28-29 April 2020ICAO Regional SeminarEvent postponed            

 

Training Courses

 

Relevant courses are being developed with ICAO partners, under the Global Aviation Training (GAT) and TRAINAIR PLUS Programme:

 

 

Course TitleTarget AudienceDeliveryWebsite
ICAO-ACI Global Reporting Format (GRF) ​Airport operations staff​Online​For more information, click here
​ICAO-IATA Global Reporting Format (GRF) for Runway Surface Conditions – Introduction​Flight crew and airline operations staff​Online​For more information, click here
​ACI Global Reporting Format (GRF) for Runway Surface Condition Assessment and Reporting​Airport personnel

Classroom

(2-3 Days)

​For more information, click here
​ICAO-IATA-CANSO Introduction to the Global Reporting Format (GRF) for Runway Surface Conditions for ANSPs, Air Traffic Controllers and AIS staff​ANSPs, Air Traffic Controllers and AIS staff​To be confirmed​Coming Soon

 

Download our latest GRF brochure here.

 

Note: Other courses for other stakeholders are under development and will be added in due course.

 

Implementation Checklist

 

 

 

Articles

 

 

 

 ​Mr. Paul Adamson.  (2019, February). Runway Surface Conditions: The Global Reporting Format ICAO Uniting Aviation.com

 

  • Runway safety-related accidents and incidents are aviation’s number one safety-related risk category, with 59 reported accidents in 2016, of which more than half were due to runway excursions, according to  ICAO iSTARS data. A runway… Read More

 

Presentations

 

 

GRF Webinars

 

Links to recent webinars:

 

Information on all ICAO webinars can be found here

 

Additional Guidance Material

 

Implementation experience has shown that some additional guidance may be required, addressing specific aspects of the GRF:

Guidance on the Issuance of SNOWTAM.pdf

 

Implementation Map

 

 For more information, please contact: GRF@icao.int

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