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Quiz: Do You Know These 6 Common Airport Markings?

Think you know these markings?


  1. 1) You're rolling down the runway for takeoff. What color are the runway edge markings on each side of the runway?
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    Runway edge markings consist of continuous white stripes located on each side of the runway.

    Runway edge markings consist of continuous white stripes located on each side of the runway.

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  2. 2) What can the yellow chevron area be used for?

    Chevron markings are used to show pavement areas aligned with the runway that are unusable for landing, takeoff, and taxiing.

    Chevron markings are used to show pavement areas aligned with the runway that are unusable for landing, takeoff, and taxiing.

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  3. 3) You're taxiing to runway 33, and ground control has instructed you to hold short of the runway. What side of the runway hold position markings do you need to hold short of?
    Today is a good day

    You need to hold short of the solid yellow lines (Side B).

    You need to hold short of the solid yellow lines (Side B).

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  4. 4) You're approaching a lit runway for landing. What color are the threshold lights?
    James Morrison

    Those threshold lights are green!

    Nice try, but those threshold lights are green.

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  5. 5) How wide is this runway?
    Frans Zwart

    Since the runway has 4 threshold stripes on either side, it's 100 feet wide. You can find all the stripes and associated runway widths in the AIM.

    Since the runway has 4 threshold stripes on either side, it's 100 feet wide. You can find all the stripes and associated runway widths in the AIM.

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  6. 6) What is this symbol?
    Today is a good day

    This is an ILS critical area.

    This is an ILS critical area.

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Well, that wasn't the easiest quiz...

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Not bad, you have most of these airport markings down...

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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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