Incident at FORT McPHERSON NT (CZFM) (Incursion - runway - vehicle)


2003-03-06: UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the APM at Fort Mcpherson indicated that the maintainer called for permission to enter the maneuvering area. When there was no reply, the individual broadcast a voice advisory on the MF that a vehicle would be proceeding onto the runway. This is a procedure they follow when the CARS station is unmanned, not when the CARS operator is out conducting weather observations. All airport maintainers have been advised that when the CARS operator is conducting weather observations, they will not provide a voice advisory and proceed onto the runway, but will wait for the return of the CARS operator and obtain permission to proceed on the maneuvering area. AS was also advised by the Airport Manager that when they have to use the hand held radios to go airside, the hand held radios do not work as well as the vehicle radios and transmissions may not be heard by either end. A directive has been issued by the Government of the NWT that when hand held radios are in use, NOTAMs will be issued by the airport manager advising pilots that a low and over should be conducted to ensure that there are no vehicles on the runway. They are also going to contact NAV CANADA to see if the range or signal strength can be increased on the hand held radios.
2003-03-04: The CARS O/C at Fort McPherson broadcast that the station would be unattended for 5 minutes. While outside conducting a weather observation, the CARS O/C noticed that the airport maintainer had driven a truck onto the runway without permission or activating the rotating beacon. There was no operational impact.


CADORS Number 2003C0288
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 2003-03-03 - 15:55
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Aerodrome ID CZFM
Geographic Location Northwest Territories, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Fort McPherson
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number 27951
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Runway incursion - vehicle, aircraft or person
Events Incursion - runway - vehicle

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