How is your airport coping with the GRF? 

The Global Reporting Format (GRF) for Runway Condition Reporting (RCR) is a vital part of runway safety and keeping airports open and operational. Every significant change in runway condition subject to weather, must be reported on.  Airports must first carry out an assessment of their runway then report in a globally standardised format for dissemination to aircrews.

In 2021, ICAO introduced the GRF, with the aim of reducing the number of runway excursions globally – and all airports must comply. Runway excursions may lead to few fatalities, but do involve significant damage to aircraft, extended runway closures and dented reputations. required to complete reports can be hazardous and costly, with delays and diversions due to runway closures.

Our Runway Condition Reporting Tool (RCR-Tool©) is an advanced automated tool that turns a labour-intensive and non real-time manual assessment into an automated and reliable process, offering a real-time response to changing runway conditions, seamless compliance with ICAO regulations and improved operational efficiency.

Benefits of NACO's RCR-Tool© 

  • Delivery and seamless integration into your systems in two weeks
  • Lower cost and higher revenues
  • No need for runway closures
  • GRF compliant
  • Easy installation & maintenance
  • Improved safety

The RCR-Tool©: Innovative and proven approach to Runway Condition Assessment and reporting

A tailored and modular solution backed by over 70 years’ experience in the aviation sector, NACO’s RCR-Tool© is an advanced high-performance runway condition reporting tool, specifically designed to meet the new expectations and regulations in the aviation industry.

Using software simulations of runway conditions, based on a 3D model of the runway and real-time weather data, our RCR-Tool© digitises and optimises the reporting process, ensuring that airports comply with the GRF.

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  • Fully automated process

    Eliminating or reducing the need for labour-intensive manual inspections and runway closures.

  • Modular and flexible

    With delivery in two weeks and scalability built in, the tool can be tailored for airports of all sizes.

  • Interoperable via APIs

    Seamless integration within your airport’s data infrastructure and other data sources to improve cost and operational efficiencies.

  • Accurate real-time insights

    Accessible through multiple devices, our RCR solution delivers real-time insights, ensuring reliable data to help pilots make informed decisions.

  • Monitoring & reporting

    Dashboards allow for easy monitoring, while visualisation and accurate data storage allow for easy reporting.

  • Full compliance

    The automated reports produced are fully GRF compliant.

Why automate runway condition reporting?

Generating an RCR can be done manually, however airports struggle with the following challenges:

  • Operational disruption – Every time there’s a significant change in runway condition, a runway assessment must be carried out outside and an RCR must be issued. Done manually, this can lead to runway closures of up to half an hour – preventing flights from landing or departing.
  • Slow to complete – Especially with rain, conditions can change quickly. With manual assessment and reporting, by the time the RCR is issued it may be outdated.
  • Labour intensive: runway assessment and reporting requires a team of skilled runway inspectors. Apart from the cost of labour involved, availability of skilled personnel is an issue in many regions.
  • Personnel safety: adverse weather may pose a risk to runway inspectors having to do their work outside.
  • Climate resilience – As climate disruptions increase in frequency and intensity around the world, the potential for changing and hazardous weather conditions is likely to increase too. This has the double-edged impact of increasing the need for runway reports, while generating those reports becomes more and more difficult.
The NACO approach – a proven track record with measurable impact

At NACO we enable airports to leverage the benefits of automation, technology and data to provide insights and improve operational efficiencies and safety at airports. Our RCR-Tool© has been developed through our in-depth knowledge of runway pavements and contaminants, wider airport operations and our in-depth experience in leading digital airport transformations.

We work together with clients to ensure a seamless integration of the RCR-Tool© - delivering a proven solution that reduces runway downtime, improves accuracy, cost and operational efficiencies – and all while preparing airports for a digital and resilient future.

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