Incident at MEDICINE HAT AB (CYXH) (Incursion - runway - vehicle)
2003-01-16: At 1544Z, PLOW 324 was observed entering Runway 03/21 at Medicine Hat airport behind PLOW 345 without contacting FSS for authorization. The driver of PLOW 345 had contacted the FSS for authorization and then stopped PLOW 324 on the runway and advised the driver to contact FSS. There was no impact on airport operations. The airport superintendent was advised.
2003-01-17: UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the Airport Manager reported that the vehicle operator received and completed initial AVOP and radio training in early November 2002. Jan 15/03 was the first time the operator had been required to utilize AVOP and radio training in a normal working environment. The operator did perform a radio call prior to entering the runway, however incorrect operation of the radio ON/OFF switch prevented the transmission from being received by FSS. The vehicle operator misinterpreted the 'permission to proceed' that was intended for the vehicle ahead. The equipment operator was counseled and received additional training. Due to the large gap in time from ab initio equipment operator training to actual operations, the additional (refresher training) is appropriate. As with all motor skilled activities, if 'if you don't use it, you lose it'. The teamwork by the first driver is commendable. Another option would be to call 'on/off' and operate as 'plow truck plus one'. The Airport Manager's actions are adequate and no further action is required.
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