As of Oct. 1, U.S. commercial service airports began using a code—a number from 0 to 6—to alert pilots to the state of runways contaminated by snow, slush, ice or water.  The creation of the so-called runway condition code (RCC), which replaces “Mu” friction levels that many airports measure with special vehicles, was the direct result of recommendations following the December 2005 runway overrun of a Southwest Boeing 737-700 at Chicago’s Midway ...

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