Tropical Storm Hermine

Tropical Storm Hermine

ACI-NA is monitoring Tropical Storm (TS) Hermine and any potential impact it may have on airports located along the Florida panhandle and the southeast coast of the United States.

As of this morning, TS Hermine was centered about 195 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida.  As noted in the 1000EDT forecast discussion from the National Hurricane Center, TS Hermine is moving toward the north-northeast at approximately 14mph with maximum sustained winds near 65mph.  Additional strengthening is anticipated and Hermine is expected to become a hurricane by the time landfall occurs on the Florida Gulf Coast early Friday morning. Once ashore, the storm is expected to produce strong winds, storm surge, heavy rain and localized flooding, especially to areas east and southeast of the storm center.  After making landfall, Hermine is forecasted to track through southeast Georgia and over or near the low country of South Carolina and eastern North Carolina.

ACI-NA will post updates as the storm continues its northward track.  At this time, we encourage all airports in the potentially affected areas to review your Irregular Operations and Airport Emergency Plans and ensure that all contact information for major air carriers serving your receptive airport are up to date.

TALPA Update

ACI-NA continues to convey the airport community’s safety concerns about the FAA’s planned introduction of new runway field condition reporting requirements, scheduled to begin on October 1, 2016.  We continue to note that our members have a vested interest in seeing the new guidance implemented successfully and safely and that establishing realistic implementation dates for the new guidance is critical for effective and safe change management; airport operator, flight operator, and air traffic control harmonization; and, ultimately, reliable runway condition assessments. While we continue to express concerns related to the implementation date, the FAA continues to move forward with implementation and ACI-NA is advising all members to continue associated preparation and training work to meet the October 1 implementation date.