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Do You Know These 7 Common Airport Lights And Markings?

How much do you know airport markings?


  1. 1) Runway numbers are:
    gc232

    Yep, runway numbers are in magnetic north.

    Runway numbers are in magnetic north.

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  2. 2) What color are taxiway centerlines?
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    That's right, taxiway lines are yellow.

    Taxiway lines are yellow.

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  3. 3) You're taxiing and see these lights. What do they mean?
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    That's right, runway guard lights, also known as wig-wag lights, indicate a runway holding position ahead.

    Runway guard lights, also known as wig-wag lights, indicate a runway holding position ahead.

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  4. 4) What do these markings mean?
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    The number of threshold markings indicate the width of the runway. In this example, 6 lines means the runway is 75 feet wide. Check out the AIM table 2-3-2 for more info.

    The number of threshold markings indicate the width of the runway. In this example, 6 lines means the runway is 75 feet wide. Check out the AIM table 2-3-2 for more info.

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  5. 5) You're taxiing and see this painted on the concrete. What does it mean?
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    That's right, this is a VOR receiver checkpoint.

    This is a VOR receiver checkpoint.

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  6. 6) What color are runway edge lights in the first half of the runway?
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    Runway edge lights are white, except on instrument runways yellow replaces white on the last 2,000 feet or half the runway length, whichever is less, to form a caution zone for landings.

    Nice try. Runway edge lights are white, except on instrument runways yellow replaces white on the last 2,000 feet or half the runway length, whichever is less, to form a caution zone for landings.

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  7. 7) What color is the beacon at a civilian lighted land airport?
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    Civilian land airport beacons are alternating white/green.

    Nice try. Civilian land airport beacons are alternating white/green.

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Not bad. Just keep working on your airports and lighting...

You scored %. Better luck next time.

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You've got these airport markings down...for the most part.

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Nailed it!

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Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at colin@boldmethod.com.

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