As the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) undertakes its latest safety initiative—reducing the number of aircraft runway excursions—the United Nations affiliate will be supported by a dozen aviation organizations.

“I feel strongly that the partnership demonstrated by all organizations is unprecedented,” said Nancy Graham, director of ICAO’s Air Navigation Bureau, who hosted a three-day seminar on the problems of runway-related accidents last week in Montreal. She said such strong support from aviation groups in the effort represented “the wave of the future for addressing global safety challenges.”

The initial focus will fall on runway operations, which are linked to one third of all accidents over the past five years. The approach will broaden to reducing causes of all types of runway-related accidents, including bird strikes, loss of aircraft control and others, as ICAO and industry partners convene seminars across the globe.

Initial sessions are being scheduled at Miami, New Delhi, Amsterdam and Cape Town. The plan is aimed at developing regional action plans and forming collaborative runway safety teams comprising representatives of airlines, airports and air navigation service providers.

Regional sessions will focus on best practices and sharing of information, common definitions, metrics and methods of analysis. Information will be shared, and ICAO is calling for improved reporting of hazards. Guidance materials will be developed along with training workshops. As a start, a Runway Excursion Risk Reduction Toolkit, produced by key industry partners, was distributed at the Montreal meeting.

More than 400 representatives of 75 nations attended the seminar.

Partner organizations include: Airports Council International, Civil Air Navigation Services Organization, European Aviation Safety Agency, European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol), Federal Aviation Administration, Flight Safety Foundation, International Air Transport Association, International Business Aviation Council, International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations, International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Organizations, International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations, and the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations.