FAA puts runway details on the Web

The Federal Aviation Administration is making runway information available on the Internet, a move aimed at helping pilots plan flights more quickly and easily.

General and business aviation pilots can view information about runways at destination airports hours before taking off, said James Wetherly, the research and strategic planning lead for traffic flow and enterprise management with the Integrated Product Team at FAA.

Pilots and airline flight operations centers also can view the information, at rvr.fly.faa.gov, to help them decide if flights should land at an airport when visibility is poor.

Information had been available only to selected air carriers, but last year FAA decided to make it accessible to the public.

Pilots can access data at 48 airports from any computer with access to the Internet, Wetherly said.

FAA's Air Traffic System Command Center in Herndon, Va., and the Transportation Department's Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, Mass., developed the site.

The site uses Apache Stronghold Enterprise from Red Hat Inc. of Raleigh, N.C., as the Web server, running Red Hat Linux 7.3. The software is written in JavaScript, C, HTML, Perl and Common Gateway Interface. Pilots can still get information from air traffic controllers by telephone. The agency plans to add information about more airports to the system

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