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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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John W (3 days ago)
Interesting video. Thanks for the education
Steve Hillman (7 days 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 (7 days ago)
Wow I just learned a lot in 18 minutes.
thomasabramson100 (8 days 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 (12 days 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 (17 days ago)
Extremely helpful for a newbee at X-plane 11. Thanks! RMA
Matt Hicks (18 days 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 (19 days ago)
Great video mate. Thanks for taking the time to put it together.
Pat Haskell (21 days ago)
I feel like he is spraying spittle on me every time he pronounces "p"!
Pat Haskell (21 days ago)
Great video, thanks for the education.
Swaroop R (25 days ago)
interesting video
Handyguy223 (25 days 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 (27 days 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 (27 days 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 (29 days 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 (1 month ago)
Great vieeo. The black and white stripes are the sipper road
Dennis Fraser (1 month ago)
Yeld ?
Course090 (1 month ago)
Excellent primer with superb graphics. Thank you for posting!
Spencer Field (1 month ago)
Good video. Enjoyed it. YELD?
Alexeid V. (1 month ago)
What is that red white blocks?
George Savard (1 month ago)
The red line is named a SOZ Safety Operation Zone, it indicates the limit boundary of vehicles before an aircraft arrival.
joseph gilbert (1 month ago)
Orlando Vieira Filho (1 month ago)
Congrats for your job! Thank you.
JOHN MARSHALL (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
damn now i have a big brown donut ´hanging out of my ass again.
Para Dux (1 month 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.
Thank you. Very good educational information.
Ronald Asedoeba (1 month 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
RobFlanger (1 month ago)
Well done
Joe Mccallum (1 month 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) (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
The number placards on the side of the runway are in thousands of feet or runway remaining.
Ron Danino (1 month ago)
Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah go find another job instead I Of preaching
Joe Devine (1 month ago)
The black border on some taxiway centerlines identity that taxiway as part of a SMGCS route. Also, the ILS critical area is only active when the weather is below : 800 ft ceiling and 2 miles visibility. Good video.
Sylvia isgod (1 month ago)
Where are the lights that tell you how many hookers are currently staffed in the airport hotel?
Sylvia isgod (1 month ago)
+BariumCobaltNitrog3n No, so I know how many I can fuck
BariumCobaltNitrog3n (1 month ago)
So you can see your competition?
Brett Dawson (1 month ago)
At 3:00... "Yield" is spelled wrong.
Randolph Cooper (1 month ago)
Aviation is not about guessing .10 is 10,00 feet not 1, 000
Tom Fitzpatrick (1 month ago)
Very interesting. It's nice to know what all the markings mean.
ottavva (1 month ago)
i hink .... I think ... I thnk do you actually KNOW ?
ottavva (1 month ago)
02.58 YIELD not YELD
Christopher Escott (1 month ago)
Well done sir.
One Bad Apple (2 months ago)
That's it, god dammit. I'm never flying again...... Where are my car keys......??
UrbanRacer (2 months ago)
The red and white line around the fiest Delta aircraft is for the ground workers driving the Tugs ans Belt loaders.... for them the slow TF down!!! Overall thank you for taking the time out to make this video!!
Muhammad Arekat (2 months ago)
Thank you! Really appreciated. But, what are the other runway markings?
Anthony Williams (2 months ago)
Great vid, really refreshed my memory from my USAF (84-90) Flight line days.
Clean Slate (2 months ago)
Thank you! I appreciate your videos. 😊
John Andrews (2 months ago)
*2 Red 2 white means you are on the correct glide path. More Red and less white you are too high. More white and less red you are too low. Thank you !*
Tom Ruggenberg (1 month ago)
you are incorrect sir!! if you see all red, you are dead and more white means you are too high
M RC (2 months ago)
Excellent. I have made nearly 400 commercial flights and have always wanted to know what the markings mean. Thanks!
V E (2 months ago)
Thanks for the info, very informative and a general knowledge of the airport. I did not know that the runway number corresponded to the degrees north, that's cool. The ILS also aides the pilots with the glide slope correct? Thanks for the video and I am looking forward to more.
rockingh0rse (2 months ago)
The ILS helps the pilot follow the glide when looking at his instruments on the inside, the PAPI lights help when he or she looks outside
cherfieldm (2 months ago)
Thanks, nice sharing of airport signs information.
Adam Baits (2 months ago)
Learned something new, thanks
MURAT CAN AKDEMIR (2 months ago)
Thanks for great video
John Taylor (2 months ago)
You be cool! Tanks. Me likie alot. Tanks again.
haydar abdelsaheb (3 months ago)
very well done
Jonathan Wells (3 months ago)
Enjoyable and informative. I like your introductory approach and video graphic taxi from gate to takeoff position, with a chuckle when you first correctly mentioned the "10" is for 'ten thousand feet', then you said, 'ten hundred feet'. Do a little more revision, I hope you do more videos, thank you.
Diesel Miro (3 months ago)
9:25 Just one thing, that stopping bar is solid from this side and dashed from the other side for a reason, it's simply that when you are stopping from the double yellow side (actual POV in the video) you CANNOT cross it without ATC permission. But coming from the other side you CAN cross it with no ATC permission. In other words, let's say if you are just crossing a runway, you will cross double yellows then double dashes from this side of runway (Meaning u need ATC permission), then you will be on the runway, and then from the runway to the taxiway you will be on a double dashes and then double yellow (which means no ATC permission) otherwise if u stopped your aircraft on the runway asking for a permission to continue to the taxiway it's gonna be a disaster !! PS: I loved your work :) !
Bhargov bor Gohain (3 months ago)
A ANTICASTROS (3 months ago)
Iwould like in spanish
Paul Babinski (3 months ago)
Max Harddrive (3 months ago)
Great job. Does anyone know what sim software he is using? I am looking for a newer and better one than the Microsoft Flight Sim X that I am currently using.
Judy Alcatraz (3 months ago)
Brennan Penland (3 months ago)
What computer program are you using?
dopeydad1221 (3 months ago)
Ronnie Harris (3 months ago)
That was very informative. Thank you very much. I will subscribe and I look forward to more. Thanks again.
Dennis Clark (3 months ago)
great video, very informative..... did not know all of this ...thanks
David Howell (3 months ago)
The runway designator: 34R-16L means that the runway is aligned with 340 degrees in one direction and has a right hand circuit, and is aligned with 160 degrees in the other direction and has a left hand circuit. A circuit is a path taken in the air when approaching the runway. Left or Right indicates the direction of all turns in the circuit.
Denai 94 (3 months ago)
Actually the R & L are used with parallel runways. If there was only one runway it would be 34-16 with no letters. In this example, SeaTac has two runways side-by-side 34R-16L and 34L-16R, being right and left as seen from the approach side. Flights will depart on 34R and land on 34L or whatever is local convention. Has nothing to do with "circuits" and everything to do with getting a plane on the correct runway to avoid other aircraft. At uncontrolled airports the circuit as you call it is generally left handed, at controlled facilities it is whatever the ATC tell you it is.
Dion Maile (3 months ago)
Wow.. awesome! Very informative. Thanks a bunch.
Shivam Suri (3 months ago)
which simulation software do you use?
Doug67 feet (4 months ago)
I just learned something.
Nasir Usman (4 months ago)
Very informative,
TheOtherBBCmusic (4 months ago)
How is it possible, knowing this, that an Air Canada A320 nearly landed on a taxiway with 4 airliners on it, at night at SFO and at the last second was barely able to pull up and go around?? Or Harrison Ford, who actually landed on a taxiway at John Wayne, narrowly missing a 737? The runways are very clearly marked, very clearly not taxiways and the length of time a pilot spends lining up to land should make it a no-brainer to not land on a taxiway. Thoughts?
Sylvia isgod (1 month ago)
The Libtards are changing the name of John Wayne airport due to the fact that he was racist/homophobic/sexist/xenophobic/transphobic.
Denai 94 (3 months ago)
I think that is when they use the term "pilot error". All the markings and signs in the world are wonderful until you throw in the human element. Hang a wet paint sign up on a wall and watch how many people will touch it to see if it really is.
Pedro Lane (4 months ago)
Nice tutorial.
Terry Brown (4 months ago)
Well done my man. Makes a window seat much more interesting.
BariumCobaltNitrog3n (4 months ago)
I could only watch for a minute, even though the content was quite fascinating. You talk too fast, say um too many times (write a script!) and sit too close to the mic. The popping of every p and b is impossible to listen to. Listen to Tony Darnell or Wendover or MindSmash for a professional speaking style. Good luck.
BariumCobaltNitrog3n (1 month ago)
+Sylvia isgod That makes NO sense at all, SYLVIA. I offered a lot of very constructive criticism to someone who can take the advice or ignore it. I didn't insult him or make fun of him, and yet somehow YOU get all butt-hurt. You think only people that do the things better than the people they are reviewing are allowed an opinion? Your comment is pure ad hominem and offers nothing to the conversation. According to you, someone going to the ballet cannot voice a dissenting opinion on the dance unless she is a BETTER dancer than the performers. Try a little civility next time.
Sylvia isgod (1 month ago)
Well, until YOU make a better video, why don't you just STFU?
Akreezy Gk (4 months ago)
great vid i appreciate it
Dennis Tedder (4 months ago)
Dude, expedite, expedite.
lock n load (4 months ago)
very confusing. why was runway 34R on the LEFT side of the sign and runway 16L on the RIGHT side?????? (maybe when the plan finally gets to the end of the taxiway and turns onto the end of the runway for takeoff it'll be on the right side of runway 16L.......) MAYBE.....donno!
lock n load (1 month ago)
thanks Sylvia
Sylvia isgod (1 month ago)
The Left and Right refer to the runway's position relative to the other (parallel) runways as viewed from the sky on final approach, not the direction as viewed from the ground. Also, since the numbers are compass headings divided by ten, they will always be 180 degrees apart; I.E., 340 - 160 =180
Tom Ruggenberg (1 month ago)
This video using KSEA or Sea-Tac airport which has 3 runways. 16L, 16C and 16R unless you approach from the south it will be 34R, 34C and 34L hope that helps.
Andrew Jones (4 months ago)
reference the solid and dashes - its the other way around. you can cross a dashed without ATC permission (leaving a runway, entering the apron etc) but you MUST have permission to cross the solid lines ie entering the movement area or entering the runway
J Reeves (4 months ago)
Very nice, but the 10 on the runways means 1000 feet i.e. 10,000 feet, 9,000 feet, etc. Great video sir.
Internet Quality Police (4 months ago)
you sound like a manic droid,disliked.
buddha65281 (4 months ago)
So do the PAPI lights work on ILS or just based on visual?? thanks for the video!
Ric Scott (4 months ago)
yes,Thank You very much for your video. Having been a ramper at RNO<SFO< and Lax also TVL I did learn some info from you thanks for your time!
wee stef mcd (4 months ago)
that voice but,shuttitt
Christopher Hadsell (4 months ago)
Stunning 3d work! Thanks! I did learn a lot--I'm really just curious--and airports fascinate me. Great work!
MJ B (4 months ago)
Haywood Jablome (4 months ago)
Precision Approach Path Indicator....PAPI.
MJ B (4 months ago)
Very nice overview! Thank you for sharing. :-D
None Ya (4 months ago)
Looks like KSEA. Great refresher, thanks!
VERNON JURIGA (4 months ago)
ft myers airport in florida has a 12 thousand ft. runway eglin afb has a 12 or 13k ft runway
VERNON JURIGA (4 months ago)
the numbers on each side of the runway indicate abbr. for thousand feet. so the # 10 indicates you have 10K feet to stop your plane
Shree Krishna Sunar (4 months ago)
Which simulator/software you're using for demonstration on video? Well,good videos
Jeff Wolsieffer (4 months ago)
Black Numbers on Runway: they are Seconds @ 300 mph/km ... Feet/Meters are not standardized, seconds Are. a WWII left over. THx.
David Berquist (5 months ago)
Is it true runways have to be 150 feet wide min. Have ils and tower and lights thanks i saw a video of kenya they landed on dirt i never saw that here in us
Livewire (5 months ago)
Did you learn all these off a sim? LOL. The first most important one that you skipped over because you had no idea are the (checkered lines) zipper lines. That means aircraft come and go through these, a live taxi way. So when you're driving a vehicle along the road you should always look to make sure no aircraft are coming through. Giveway.... And the other double white lines are the apron edge. Meaning there is a taxi way adjacent to the double lines.
Gary Allen (5 months ago)
That was freaking awesome.... Can't wait to look out the window when taxiing again....
John Slyfield (5 months ago)
I’m guessing this is SeaTac airport :)
R Diaz (5 months ago)
Carl Seddon (5 months ago)
Interesting information thanks I am learning ground movements as part of my PPL ground navigation
RedArrow73 (5 months ago)
9:13 - Better Wording: ...entering a "Runway Safety Area". An explanation that ONLY ONE AIRCRAFT can occupy the RSA applies. (Unless ATC approves otherwise)
RedArrow73 (5 months ago)
I gave you a like.
Torrey Jones (5 months ago)
pop filter, for the love of ears everywhere, pop filter.
T Becker (5 months ago)
good job. thanks for the upload. PS the touchdown zone markers are always 1000 ft from the arrival end of a runway.
Neeraj Sharma (5 months ago)
Thank you so much. This was very informational.
I love sexy ass girlz (5 months ago)
As a professional commercial pilot, I'd say a very good job. The yellow chevron markings at the end of the runway threshold is for jet blast. It is a area designated to allow the powerful exhaust gasses to reduce. Imagine it was just grass. There would be debris thrown everywhere and it would be a safety issue. There's also cat 1,2and 3 markings on the ils boards, this is what category of aircraft the ils system supports.