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Quiz: 6 Questions To See How Much You Know About Precision Runway Markings

Live from the Flight Deck

There's a lot of information packed into these runways...


  1. 1) Touchdown zone markings indicate the portion of the runway that should be used for normal landings. What distance are these markings separated by?

    They are marked in 500' increments.

    They are marked in 500' increments.

    ans1
    1. 1-1
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    2. 1-2
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    1. 1-3
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    2. 1-4
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  2. 2) You're on final and see the runway has a total of 12 stripes on the threshold. You know that the runway is _____ wide.

    4 stripes = 60' wide, 6 stripes = 75' wide, 8 stripes = 100' wide, 12 stripes = 150' wide, 16 stripes = 200' wide

    4 stripes = 60' wide, 6 stripes = 75' wide, 8 stripes = 100' wide, 12 stripes = 150' wide, 16 stripes = 200' wide

    ans2
    1. 2-1
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    2. 2-2
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    1. 2-3
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    2. 2-4
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  3. 3) Side stripes on a precision runway indicate what?

    They separate the runway from the adjacent terrain.

    They separate the runway from the adjacent terrain.

    ans3
    1. 3-1
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    2. 3-2
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    1. 3-3
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    2. 3-4
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  4. 4) This marking is usually adjacent to the PAPI/VASI and is _______ down the runway.

    Runway aiming point marking, commonly known as the 1,000' marking, indicates where the aircraft is aimed when on glideslope.

    Runway aiming point marking, commonly known as the 1,000' marking, indicates where the aircraft is aimed when on glideslope.

    ans4
    1. 4-1
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    2. 4-2
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    1. 4-3
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    2. 4-4
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  5. 5) Runway centerline line markings consist of stripes and spaces. What is the length of each of these?

    The stripe is 120' and the gap is 80'.

    The stripe is 120' and the gap is 80'.

    ans5
    1. 5-1
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    2. 5-2
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    1. 5-3
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    2. 5-4
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  6. 6) What is the maximum amount of stripes that are indicated by each runway touchdown zone marking?

    They come in pairs of 1, 2 and 3 each side of the runway centerline.

    They come in pairs of 1, 2 and 3 each side of the runway centerline.

    ans6
    1. 6-1
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    2. 6-2
      Unchecked Checked
    1. 6-3
      Unchecked Checked
    2. 6-4
      Unchecked Checked

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Corey Komarec

Corey is a commercial aviation student, CFII and commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings at the University of North Dakota. Corey has been flying since he was 16, and he's pursuing a career in the airlines. You can reach him at corey@boldmethod.com.

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