runway contamination

runway contamination

The presence of dirt, grease, rubber, or other materials on runway surfaces that adversely affect normal aircraft operation or that chemically attack the pavement surface.
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Another recommendation is that the CAA develop a clearer system of measuring snow that provides accurate and timely runway contamination information to enable pilots to determine the landing distance required.
* Runway contamination presents special challenges and not all performance charts may reflect actual conditions.
The message is as important for those of us flying smaller, slower aircraft as it is for the airline crews: Take nothing at face value--and consider any runway contamination issue in a worst-case scenario.