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Airport Markings And Signs - Aviation Facts

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Every single thing painted on the ground at an airport means something. Here's a breif overview on the major markings and signs you will see. Keep in mind this will vary from airport to airport and country to country. === SOCIAL
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KLINDA SHAMA (3 days ago)
Would you tell me what software you use?
Shahzad Naqvi (10 days ago)
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Thomas Tim (16 days ago)
Thanks for this great valuable video! I will make sure to have a window seat on my next flight.
Kevin Singkham (16 days ago)
robert shaw (19 days ago)
Yellow line "Stretched". How about OUTLINED Interesting presentation for the uninformed or novice but there were some omissions and bumbles. It seemed as though you were laying the voice track as you watch a playback of the video. Likely it would have been better had you scripted it.. But thanks for the effort. I am certain a lot of people learned from it.
Shawn Smith (19 days ago)
I really enjoyed this video. Thank You for being creative to put this walk-thru together. I thoroughly appreciate the time and effort to make this.
sdan yee (21 days ago)
Working at an airport I'd have to give this 2 star rate. Not the worst, but, not to be used as an instructional video. Ok for people who are flying and wanted some fun facts, but, you should have spent the time to present correct terminology and facts straight. For anyone looking to take the ASO Test there are more FAA instructional videos to be found on youtube created by FAA certified instructors.
John Stover (26 days ago)
Nicely done, and added to my trivia database. The only minor thing i'll add is about the "34-16" runway numbers. 34 means 340 degrees, as stated, but the 16 means 160 which is 180 degrees from 340. In other words, the "opposite direction"
Omar Mahfouz (26 days ago)
Logic "the bread and butter" lounge
Doc DuMont (27 days ago)
Very informative. A little slower narration would work. Oh by the way, a preposition is the wrong thing to end a sentence with.
Charles Smith (27 days ago)
At night, being a jetliner pilot can be dangerous in VLIFR conditions, especially when you are about to approach the runway. Even with ATC clearance, very low visibilities or fog can keep pilots from seeing runway lights or markers, which can lead to runway excursions, near misses - or even disaster. How can the pilot deal with these as the jet leaves the gate and goes along the tarmac to the appropriate takeoff runway in these visibility challenges? Does he have to still have to look at the cockpit window or look at his instruments?
Tom Leadbitter (1 month ago)
Great vid, thanks a lot. Where did the graphics come from, please?
Manjunath CV (20 days ago)
Flight Simulation Software for sure!
Ed Kummel (1 month ago)
@3:13...anybody else bothered by "YELD"?
Michael Culpepper (1 month ago)
I wish every flight sim’r would watch this video. Thanks for the great vid 👍🏻🤘🏻
William Degnan (1 month ago)
@14:14 Runway End Identification Lights (REIL)
David dkoppyus (1 month ago)
very nicely done, on my next flight, it will give me something to look for during the most boring part of taxiing, thank you
tabuilder (1 month ago)
I got everything until you said "What's up guys?". Could you repeat everything after that, please?
FELIX DATCHE (1 month ago)
The Yellow lines on this airport are outlined with black to emphasize them visually since this looks to be a concrete pavement hence whitish...white doesn't show yellow out well unlike if it was black tarmac that would automatically contrast. Good efforts man.
MR ENGINEER (1 month ago)
Thanks for the great video, man. The next time I visit an airport I will pay more attention. I'm already interested in airport structures and runways as a Civil engineer since we are responsible for bringing these facilities to LIFE and MAINTAIN them.
bentwing100 (1 month ago)
where did this guy get his information? online? youtube?. I worked at several airports never seen a lot of the road markings that he claims. really????
Erwin Ling (1 month ago)
thank you for your video.
Duurt van Dingen (1 month ago)
Too bad, I'm colordeaf.
Robert Payne (1 month ago)
When paving at a airport we had a paving foreman to disappear one day. We were in close proximity to an Air National facility he stepped across a redline and was detained several hours by the Military Police...
Robert Jones (1 month ago)
Very helpful video. Thanks for providing the info!
Trevor Ross (1 month ago)
Great video,very informative.Can u do some more with like a different airport.And like go a little more in depth with more signs.
Franken spielt (1 month ago)
What Simulator is this?
gorpand (1 month ago)
Seriously? I am the only one who was triggered by "There are four lights"?
Homer Rajotte (1 month ago)
Captain Picard!
glyn challinor (1 month ago)
No. A useless commentary, the script needs re-writing and should be read by someone who knows what he is talking about!
Falling Knife Stocks (1 month ago)
Great clip!
10,000 feet. One thing I didn't hear about is the blue taxiway edge lights. They are blue on the edge and if down the middle they are green. Great video...
Alex Recupero (1 month ago)
He mentioned that
isaac Heres (1 month ago)
A crash course at Aviation and flight school's. Pay attention to this video, there will be a pop quiz at the end so take notes
David Gardner (1 month ago)
I use to stripe airports and runways, nice video and yes it’s a lot of walking when laying it out and waiting for the tower to give you permission to move about.
Babur Ejaz (1 month ago)
Thanks for your educational videos
Southern Oregon Cat Mom (1 month ago)
Thanks for the info!
Deacon Blues (1 month ago)
Is this guy a pilot 👨‍✈️? Pilots usually say, or the computers say, APPROACHING MININMALS .
Ruben Villanueva (1 month ago)
ILS= Instrument Landing System. Nothing automatic about it. Great video!
Steven Coffone (1 month ago)
Ruben Villanueva CAT II/III etc.
Travel Food (1 month ago)
A big Thank You!
medisalem salem (1 month ago)
interesting, despite a gargantuan amount of talking not rest in between ...irritating.
Ruben Villanueva (1 month ago)
A tea break perhaps?
William Boone (1 month ago)
Excellent video. You may have discussed this already as I have not checked, but would you discuss or explain the jargon that used between ground control and the pilot?
William Boone (1 month ago)
Ruben Villanueva Thank you.....I will do that.
Ruben Villanueva (1 month ago)
William Boone, Wiiliam, download the FAA handbook 7110.8, or latest edition. It contains all the jargon you would normally hear between pilot and conntrollers. Good educational reading, read it everyday in my 34 years in ATC.
Villa Jallow (1 month ago)
Great information
Thomas tom (2 months ago)
Well done very interesting and well explained 👍
William Janes (2 months ago)
Trainleader21 (2 months ago)
Anyone else notice Yield is spelled "YELD" on the tarmac?
Villa Jallow (1 month ago)
Trainleader21 so?
Chris Kibb (2 months ago)
The red/white line is called the silhouette or aircraft foot print line. This means all ramp equipment and personal must be out of this area before the plane can move or taxi to the gate.
wizbang68 (2 months ago)
I always refer to the runway numbers as landing in the direction of the angle so runway 18 would be a runway with the plane landing or taking off from the North end of the runway and traveling south (to 180*) If they were going to land and take off in the opposite direction then it would be runway 36 (360* - no they don't use 0*)taking off or landing initially on the south end and traveling north. Airports may have 3 runways running parallel with an identifier L (left) C (center) or R (right) if there are more than 3 runways running parallel then the airport will choose a increment higher or lower than the other runway number (IE: 17 and 35 also no decimal numbers in runways). You went past one of the areas that is important for a pilot, as they approach the runway the center line take the plane off to the left before turning to the right, and this is to keep the pilot from turning to quickly and although the front wheel doesn't go off he taxiway the rear wheel may go off into the grass. So the planes will go to the left and then turn right to keep all wheels on the taxiway. The gate number is and line are also the indication where the plane should start their approach to the gate by running the nose wheel over that end of the gate centerline when the tug pushes back they will push the plane back over the same point before turning the plane to the right or left for departure from the ramp area. The 3 landing areas are marked so to indicate where you can touchdown the 2nd is the target for the touchdown. Note more black marks there than the other areas of the runway. Also the 2 corresponds with the glide slope indicator as if you stay with 2 red 2 white you will touchdown at the 2nd white landing line group. A good video overall.
Charles Ramsey (2 months ago)
Great job on the video. Explanation was well read. Thanks for sharing!
Will Blanton (2 months ago)
Something interesting that you didn’t mention is how one runway can have two numbers. For those that don’t know, the numbers correlate with number of degrees relative to North. So runway 9 would be a runway bearing directly to the East (ie 90 degrees). That same way from the opposite side would be 27 (270 degrees). So the runway will have a different number depending on which direction you approach it from.
Dan Mart (2 months ago)
Too much intro.
John Flaherty (2 months ago)
Traveled Lotttts of miles many airports and find interesting... have family that flyes Commercial and was always curious on whats UP.. TY for a Great video
fenathan36 (2 months ago)
A big Thank You for "demystifying" these airfield markings. I always wondered what they meant. I am better informed now.
jay capp (2 months ago)
Thanks. Good video and information.
Andre Newcomb (2 months ago)
Is it 'right or left' always . . . considering that the labeling occurs by viewing North or South?
Asa Myers (2 months ago)
If there are two parallel runways (they have the same heading) then they will be labeled right or left. Since every runway has two heading, they will be labeled as such. For example, JFK airport has two runways that have a magnetic heading of about 40 degrees. Thus, the one to the left is facing 4L and the one to the right is labeled 4R. But since both runways have two ends, if you were to look southwest down the runways, they are labeled 22L and 22R since they have a bearing of about 220 degrees. It’s kind of hard to explain so if you want to look at a diagram, just google “jfk airport diagram” I hope that helps.
Brandon Kepley (2 months ago)
What software do you use to view the airport that you used
TeslaTidbits Know (2 months ago)
Do some pilots just use the tire markings for the touchdown point since they are more visible (in your video) than the lines themselves?
Mduduzi jei (2 months ago)
Information made easy
Harie Elkiess (3 months ago)
thanks really help for my ppl
Bob Smith (3 months ago)
Muhammad thanks you for explaining airports. Dirka dirka dirka
Vincent Bédard (3 months ago)
Very useful !! Thank’s!!!
Alejandro Escoto (3 months ago)
Thanks for posting this helpful video!!
Rick Bear (3 months ago)
Nice try, but check your facts first. As the saying goes, "If you'd kept your mouth shut we might have thought you were clever."
Alex Dzubiy (3 months ago)
Very useful, thanks!
Alan Grant (3 months ago)
Wow really well done man. Tons of info 👍
don meurett (3 months ago)
Platterskill (3 months ago)
what sim is this?
CSX Golf (3 months ago)
Very nice presentation. Thanks for taking the time to put it together. Very Informative.
Nenad Zlatovic (3 months ago)
Awesome!!! Thank you for this great video
Dave Mitchell (3 months ago)
Nice work. What software did you use for this?
M Z (3 months ago)
Nowadays you have to be scared to watch an innocent video like this in public lest another bullshit
Jim Blake (3 months ago)
At 5:38 you say "Anything to the right" while pointing to the left.
John W (4 months ago)
Interesting video. Thanks for the education
Steve Hillman (4 months ago)
Great job! Are you a pilot? You got a ton of comments, dude! I like how everybody is an expert and they air their own personal complaint about what you did wrong in the comment section. It's so funny!
B W (4 months ago)
Wow I just learned a lot in 18 minutes.
thomasabramson100 (4 months ago)
Believe it or not you need to learn airport marking for your private pilot license and rating even bush pilot rating for more info read the FAR/AIM
Fremount st songs Rich (4 months ago)
also to add, on the runway white lights on the sides of thr runway at night to tell you runway white, blue taxie ways
Robert Aiken (4 months ago)
Extremely helpful for a newbee at X-plane 11. Thanks! RMA
Matt Hicks (4 months ago)
that's real funny, aircraft don't have the best of brakes... Have you seen aircraft brakes, they are impressive. Takes a lot to stop a aircraft weighing in a several thousands of pounds in the short distances that it does (yes I know engine thrust reversers do most of the work) but the brakes are way better than what is on your automobile. That being said, the vehicles give right of way to all aircraft because the vehicles are more maneuverable than the aircraft not because aircraft have crappy brakes. Just like in boating, the more maneuverable boat gives way to the less maneuverable one....
Mick Grose (4 months ago)
Great video mate. Thanks for taking the time to put it together.
Pat Haskell (4 months ago)
I feel like he is spraying spittle on me every time he pronounces "p"!
Pat Haskell (4 months ago)
Great video, thanks for the education.
Swaroop R (4 months ago)
interesting video
Handyguy223 (4 months ago)
I wish I was trained on these markings when I did night work at O'hare. Our escort was terrible, he almost ran us right in front of a 777...and we were told follow your escort and dont fall behind or split up...riiiiiight. Literally had no training whatsoever.
Craig Moritz (4 months ago)
I am a Multi-CFII and ATP. I would NOT recommend this video to my students: There is no automatic landing system, I think you meant instrument landing system. Don't make up words. You should add a word about the controlling authority; ramp control for ramp, ground control for taxiways, tower for the runways. It would be a good idea to explain why the letter S is suddenly called Sierra. Poor explanation of the ILS hold line. Don't use it unless you are instructed to. You should add that the Approach Lighting System is part of the ILS. The PAPI lights: Larger aircraft use different pairs of lights to correct for perspective, You might want to add that the standard approach angle (NOT glide ) is 3 degrees. Aimpoints and touchdown markers are at 500 and 1,000 respectively. Runway remaining signs are in thousands of feet remaining. This is why a rating is required to teach flying. Do your homework.
Brett Dugue (4 months ago)
Nice tour of an airport's markings. There are some technical issues with some of the descriptions but overall a nice job! FYI, vehicles are ALSO capable of interfering with ILS signals...not just aircraft.
Steven Frank (5 months ago)
My company does a lot of engineering consulting for airports in Pennsylvania the non movement areas on medium to large airports are not that much fun to drive on even after the training, I have driven movement areas in small airports not as bad.
William TA (5 months ago)
Great vieeo. The black and white stripes are the sipper road
Dennis Fraser (5 months ago)
Yeld ?
Course090 (5 months ago)
Excellent primer with superb graphics. Thank you for posting!
Spencer Field (5 months ago)
Good video. Enjoyed it. YELD?
Alexeid V. (5 months ago)
What is that red white blocks?
George Savard (5 months ago)
The red line is named a SOZ Safety Operation Zone, it indicates the limit boundary of vehicles before an aircraft arrival.
joseph gilbert (5 months ago)
Orlando Vieira Filho (5 months ago)
Congrats for your job! Thank you.
JOHN MARSHALL (5 months ago)
In the near future runways will not be needed, vertical takeoff like some military planes will be used, I wonder what the line designations will be..
Sanhedrin Venus (5 months ago)
damn now i have a big brown donut ´hanging out of my ass again.
Para Dux (5 months ago)
Come on guys, not everyone is a top gun pilot. That was an interesting video for a average joe, wondering what all the lines mean.
Eric Fabre (5 months ago)
Thank you. Very good educational information.
Ronald Asedoeba (5 months ago)
I missed the level up lights. You just showed the lights that turns red when you fly to low but what about the horizontal level lights. where are they
Ruben Villanueva (1 month ago)
Ronald Asedoeba Ronald, the PAPI or the other type VASI lights, give you vertical information. Too high or too low. As you saw in the video, all red, you are extremely low, all white extremely high. You as the pilot must adjust your rate of descent so you will see, 2 red lights nearest the runway and 2 white lights at the other end. This signifies you are on optimum glidepath to touchdown.
RobFlanger (5 months ago)
Well done
Joe Mccallum (5 months ago)
You "think", how are you going to make a video like this and not be sure of the conent to which your speaking of?
Intelligent Lighting Creations (ILC) (5 months ago)
Great Video, Thank you for taking the time to do this !!! David Fuller mentioned in his comments that "The second white marking is the Threshold (as you referenced), but it also tells pilots the width of the Runway by the number of of lines it has".....I didn't read all the comments as there are so many, but in case no one else mentioned it, the number of lines are as follows: 4 (2 left of center, 2 right of center) = 60', 6 = 75', 8 = 100', 12 = 150' & 16 = 200'
Dan Ward (5 months ago)
The number placards on the side of the runway are in thousands of feet or runway remaining.