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Quiz: Do You Know These 6 Common Airport Markings And Lights?

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How much do you really know about your airport? It's time to find out...


  1. 1) You're taxiing out to the runway at night. What color are the taxiway edge lights?
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    The taxiway edge lights are blue.

    The taxiway edge lights are blue.

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  2. 2) What is this marking (blue arrow), and what can you use it for?
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    This is a displaced threshold. It's limited to takeoff and taxiing.

    This is a displaced threshold. It's limited to takeoff and taxiing.

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  3. 3) What is this yellow and black marking?
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    This is a runway boundary sign. It signifies the entrance of a runway when you're on a taxiway.

    This is a runway boundary sign. It signifies the entrance of a runway when you're on a taxiway.

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  4. 4) You're flying at night, and you see an airport beacon in the distance. The sequence is "Green, White, White." What kind of airport is it?
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    A beacon that flashes "Green, White, White" denotes a military airport.

    A beacon that flashes "Green, White, White" denotes a military airport.

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  5. 5) You've just landed, and you see this sign next to the runway. What is it?
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    This is a runway distance remaining sign and lists the amount of runway remaining in thousands of feet.

    This is a runway distance remaining sign and lists the amount of runway remaining in thousands of feet.

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  6. 6) What are these lights, and where would you expect to find them?
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    These are runway guard lights (also called "wig-wag" lights). You'll see them as you're entering a runway, and they help prevent you from inadvertently taxiing on to a runway before you're cleared.

    These are runway guard lights (also called "wig-wag" lights). You'll see them as you're entering a runway, and they help prevent you from inadvertently taxiing on to a runway before you're cleared.

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Well, that was a tough quiz...

You scored %. But think about how much you learned in the last few minutes!

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Nice work.

You scored %. You definitely know a thing or two about airport signs and markings.

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You pretty much aced that quiz.

You scored %. When in comes to airport signs and markings, it looks like you pretty much know it all. Well done!

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Corey Komarec

Corey is an Embraer 175 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota, and he's been flying since he was 16. You can reach him at corey@boldmethod.com.

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