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Quiz: Can You Identify These 6 Uncommon Airport Lighting Systems?

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  1. 1) You're coming in to land on a runway that has a 3-bar VASI, and you see this. Where are you currently on the glide path?

    Two rows of red bars means you are on the lower glide path.

    Two rows of red bars means you are on the lower glide path.

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  2. 2) What are these red lights called on an ALSF-1 approach lighting system?

    These are the red terminating bars, found on an ALSF-1 approach lighting system.

    These are the red terminating bars, found on an ALSF-1 approach lighting system.

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  3. 3) You're flying at night, and you see a rotating beacon that is alternating white and yellow. What kind of airport is located near the beacon?

    Alternating yellow and white means its a water airport. We'd recommend that you don't land your fixed gear airplane here...

    Alternating yellow and white means its a water airport. We'd recommend that you don't land your fixed gear airplane here...

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  4. 4) What is this approach lighting system called?

    This is an ODALS approach lighting system.

    This is an ODALS approach lighting system.

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  5. 5) You're coming in to land on a runway that has a pulsating VASI. What color would you see if you were slightly below glide path?

    You'll see steady red if you're slightly below glide path.

    You'll see steady red if you're slightly below glide path.

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  6. 6) You're landing on a runway with centerline lighting. At what point do the centerline lights become all red?

    In the last 1,000 feet of a runway with centerline lights, the lights will all be red.

    In the last 1,000 feet of a runway with centerline lights, the lights will all be red.

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Well, you could use a little work in the airport lighting department...

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Nice work, you've got most of these down.

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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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