Runway Condition Assessment and Reporting (USA)


3 hours

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Welcome to the Airports Council International Runway Condition Assessment and Reporting training course.

This course was updated in August 2017 to reflect airport and flight operator experiences and FAA clarifications regarding runway condition reporting that followed initial use of the RCAM during the 2016-2017 winter season.

The course will assist airport personnel to meet the new Runway Condition reporting requirements outlined in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5200-30D Airport Field Condition Assessments and Winter Operations Safety.

The course defines and explains Runway Condition Assessment requirements contained in AC 150/5200-30D and provides a comprehensive overview of the latest Runway Condition Assessment Matrix and how this matrix is used to report runway conditions including the use of Runway Condition Codes.


Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the background to the changing requirements for Runway Condition Assessment and Reporting
  • Define and explain the major elements of the Runway Condition Assessment Matrix (RCAM) including
    • Runway Contaminant Coverage
    • Contaminant Type
    • Contaminant Depth
    • Outside Air Temperature (OAT)
  • Explain under what circumstances Runway Condition Codes can be adjusted via a Downgrade or Upgrade
  • Understand when a Runway Condition Assessment should be conducted
  • Describe the steps required to conduct a Runway Condition Assessment and determine the Runway Condition Codes to be used in the FICON Report
  • Use a Runway Condition Worksheet to record the data generated by a Runway Condition Assessment including the assignment of Runway Condition Codes and the generation of the FICON report


This course is organised into the following sections:

1. Welcome
2. Course Overview
3. Background
4. Runway Condition Assessment Matrix (RCAM)
5. Adjusted Runway Condition Codes
6. When to Conduct a Runway Condition Assessment
7. Conducting a Runway Condition Assessment
8. Runway Condition Worksheet
9. Example Scenarios
10. Assessment