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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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Blue Skies (6 days ago)
PAPI lights? Back in the day, the red and white glide path lights were known as VASI lights.
aniket gunjekar (15 days ago)
Which software is this?
Sayed Abas (27 days ago)
Well done, thank you very much bro.
Viraf Mehta (29 days ago)
Very informative. Thank You.
Balaji Srinivasan (1 month ago)
Very interesting! Thanks. Could you do this same video at night with all the confusing array of lights? I’ve always wondered how in earth would a pilot know the difference between a big taxiway vs a runway at night??
General Info (1 month ago)
Even though you can see airports on your sectional I still like to go to Google Earth and zoom in on an airport to see what it really looks like from the air.
John Acord (1 month ago)
White on white. You are out of sight. Red on red you are on your head. I like to think of those lights as the Meat Ball. Keep your eye on the Meat Ball. even though this is not a carrier.
Krishnamoorthi Sridhar (1 month ago)
What is the arrangement for the draining rainwater on the runway and taxiway
FD (1 month ago)
Awesome video!!
Antoine O'Bannon (1 month ago)
That's an Airbus 321 not a 320
Noob Vs Planes (1 month ago)
Bob Dobalina (1 month ago)
The VR software, is it Microsoft X?
Chris Forster (1 month ago)
Very interesting and useful, thank you.
anne hyams (1 month ago)
Happy and healthy new year. Thank you so much for an interesting video. Annie
Jan Gregory Mappatao (1 month ago)
I'm just giggling at that YELD... That's supposed to mean "yield" right?
Nellis Falcon (1 month ago)
Not gonna be a pilot, do not fly, 04:30 am, watching this vid. Thanks for knowledge.
Bob Fitzpatrick (1 month ago)
Nicely done - I enjoyed this. I kept trying to guess which airport this was, but I was stumped. This was a nice review.
Bob Dobalina (1 month ago)
Hint: I saw an Alaskan Air hangar(?) :-)
dixievfd55 (1 month ago)
I wish combat flight simulators like DCS, Falcon, IL-2 would include this kind of information. If you aren't starting on the runway, you need to know how to get your fighter to the right runway.
Get Rekt (1 month ago)
Someone correct me if im wrong but i think that the white lines on the threshold indicate how wide the runway is.
Jean-Marc Pourrier (1 month ago)
Is there a possible way to create a time framed video for airport management. Thank you.
avflyguy (1 month ago)
well, that was a waste of time. Several things absolutely incorrect. Go get a real pilot license.
Get Rekt (1 month ago)
Im not an expert so I just wanna ask what did you hear that is incorrect
tt tt (1 month ago)
Excellent Video. Good job - keep it up
Richard (2 months ago)
Interesting info. Thanks!
Gere Do (2 months ago)
Great video, thank you for sharing. I wish they have something like this 20 yrs ago , when I first learn how to fly. The flying school and the ground school never go deep into airport marking for a private pilots. I never thought about it much, thanks god I didn't crash it.
Steve DeHaven (2 months ago)
Pilot Forever (2 months ago)
Not worth the ads.
jakie wang (2 months ago)
thank you ,very clear introduction
Patrick Martin (2 months ago)
Great video but this background music drove me nuts.
Phil Dalgleish (2 months ago)
One of the most PAINFUL vids on flying.... just stop...
Casey Boyle (2 months ago)
Very informative mate
Atlanta Falcon (2 months ago)
Awesome and informative video! This will make my next trip much more enjoyable. While most of the other passengers are trying to get comfortable, I’ll have my face plastered to the window mumbling terms to myself as I identify markers.
Frank Sierra (2 months ago)
Hello, with which program did you do this video?
Kettil Götestam (2 months ago)
Is this from fls 2020? How did you get it already?
Arman Khanlari (2 months ago)
Thank you sir!
Ronald Pogatchnik (2 months ago)
Excellent. Thank You for taking the time to present this.
Robert D Moore (2 months ago)
Nice video, the only thing I'd change is your statement that aircraft "don't have the best of brakes" if they had bad brakes they don't fly! These planes get a workaround by the pilot and one of the things he check is the Brakes wear indicators also periodically a maintenance will also perform a workaround inspection, what you should have said was "aircraft takes time/distance to stop".
ISAAC AKE (2 months ago)
Nice video
Harold Brown (2 months ago)
Paul Sale (2 months ago)
What does "YELD" mean?
purge98 (2 months ago)
16:13 You forgot to mention that if you are very low they turn to green, because the light is filtering through the grass.
Preston Holland (2 months ago)
haha, your ass is grass at that point!
Finally it's Ed (3 months ago)
My company designs and oversees construction of airports. My field inspectors have to be trained in all the rules associated with movement within, and outside of the RSA which also includes radio communications with ATC. While the training is thorough, this video is a well thought out and portrayed visual representation that could only enhance this training. Great job! Thanks.
Geez (3 months ago)
Bread and Butter
Steve St Clair (3 months ago)
Good job. Thanks for this one. Fun to know.
Mike squire (3 months ago)
Great video and makes it simple to understand, did anyone else notice the rendering misspelled Yield, it says YELD. Other than that thanks for the video and all the information.
Jerry Gundecker (3 months ago)
Look for vastly different markings when landing in other countries.
Ed smith (3 months ago)
Those approach lights we used to call VASIs for visual approach situation indicators. The white lights were on top of the red lights. If you were high you saw white over White, if you were on the Glide path it was white over red, if you were too low it was red over red. There was a saying, red over red you're dead.
Maximo Lopez SR (3 months ago)
You I’d not tell about the distance o the touch down markers
Maximo Lopez SR (3 months ago)
Double yellow with dash tour the active Runway side meand when you land and take the runway and you approach the dash lane at your side you can continuously but when you are coming from the taxi way and you approach A double solid line you must Sot if you do not have permitió. To enter
CAG Hotshot (3 months ago)
So ground staff “YELD”s? 😆
Scott Johnson (3 months ago)
The guy who made this video must have worked at an airport or something.
Scott Johnson (3 months ago)
They have the aircraft type markers at the gates at MSP.
Gestapo Spies (3 months ago)
Soooo cool. Especially the visual glide path indicators. Thanks. What airport is that?
DaNuke (3 months ago)
What game is it?
Tanny Mize (3 months ago)
Is this fsx or xplane? Also well done mate. Keep it up. I am an aspiring pilot too.
InvestorGuy66 (3 months ago)
This video makes me think of Josh Flowers (Aviation 101 channel here on YouTube).
InvestorGuy66 (3 months ago)
This video makes me think of Josh Flowers (Aviation 101 channel here on YouTube).
Dan Kramer (3 months ago)
Poor Sound..
John (3 months ago)
Next up: The numbers on a football field
rackum44 (4 months ago)
How can you find your gate when you land
rackum44 (4 months ago)
Very informative Thanks
Roland Riviere (4 months ago)
Apart from the great information, the 3D presentation is outstanding, including the change in PAPI lights with a change in altitude angle. Very cool.
Steven Leber (4 months ago)
Hmmmm. Looks like someone spelled "YIELD" wrong (rong) at 2:58 into the vid.
Matthew Myatt (4 months ago)
You forgot to mention that the piano keys denote usable width of the runway in 5 meters. So three left and three right gives a usable runway width of 30 meters.
Thomas Reed (4 months ago)
Maybe you should read the book first.
Dennis Hopkins (4 months ago)
This was great! Thank you
jansb (4 months ago)
Great video.
Jeffery Jenkins (4 months ago)
Just for your info, the checker paint is a zipper line. The painted road is call a drive lane. Also at that airport (SEATAC) they have a non-movement tower call ramp tower.
A. Chin (4 months ago)
That is an Airbus A321, not an Airbus A320.
A. Chin (4 months ago)
The numbers on the side of the runway indicates every 1,000 feet.
A. Chin (4 months ago)
The threshold marking on the runway indicates the width of the runway. Each bar is about 25 feet. The number of bars indicates how wide the runway is. 2 bars: 25 feet (7.5 meters) 4 bars: 50 feet (15 meters) 6 bars: 75 feet (22.5 meters) 8 bars: 100 feet (30 meters) 10 bars: 125 feet (37.5 meters) 12 bars: 150 feet (45 meters) 14 bars: 175 feet (52.5 meters) 16 bars: 200 feet (60 meters)
Rob mc glue (4 months ago)
The yellow line is the lead line,the hammerhead marks for various sizes of aircraft lead to tug box ,the checkored line is coach or bus lines the red and white lines are the ATC line ye must be in contact with tower
Rob mc glue (4 months ago)
This guy hasn't a clue
Abubakar Usman (4 months ago)
Thanks sir now i know a lot about airport marks line👍
Sid1701D9 The Sims channel (4 months ago)
Please keep in mind, that some airports don't use their names and number, but the latitude and longitude lines, the threshold of the runway also tells what type of planes can land safely on it. The who plane must fit in the yellow threshold and the white bars, other runways if not exactly on the longitude and Latitude lines will be named using GPS numbers 34R is telling pilots its an angled runway from laletute and longitude lines and its 34 meters R of the GPS position. North and South runways in the United States are labeled Old numbers and East West runways are labeled Even numbers the runway numbers tend to follow local vehicle traffic rules for your country. International runways are usually marked with more than one measurement and system, so that pilots can see them. Service roads in the US follow United States Traffic laws unless sighs say otherwise. Also taxi ways in United states flights that are going on to taxi way must stay to the right of other planes and vehicles, in other countries it could be the left. Also all planes that are taxing must have their taxi lights on so that planes from the air can see there positions when coming in for a landing. United States usually planes take off from the right runway and land from the left runway just like a highway.
ballybunion9 (4 months ago)
Thank you. Very interesting stuff.
David Berquist (4 months ago)
Is minimal width of taxi way 75 feet and runway 150 feet world wide or just in 🇺🇸 USA
karima urling (5 months ago)
Thank you for the knowledge
Lifeswitch Coaching (5 months ago)
Thanks, that was really helpful!
Dale Snyder (5 months ago)
I really appreciate the lesson.
DOLRED (5 months ago)
13:09 "These Arrows" ...they are called Chevrons. The area of Chevrons is there maybe for terrain clearance ahead of the runway, or say, allowance for Jet Blast, etc... The chevron pavement itself is unusable and may not be thick enough to support heavy weight aircraft. Meaning if you taxi or land on those chevrons, your landing gear may lock/sink into the surface. The result would likely be a sudden stop the pilot would not care to experience. In aviation, usually it is the sudden stop that hurts. The number of long white bars on the threshold actually have a meaning. They indicate the width of the runway. Because there are 12 painted here, the runway is 150' wide. Thanks for the video. It compelled me to recheck my knowledge and I did not remember what those threshold bars meant although I had once heard of it.
marmaly (5 months ago)
Had to leave due to that voice.
KLINDA SHAMA (5 months ago)
Would you tell me what software you use?
Shahzad Naqvi (5 months ago)
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Thomas Tim (5 months ago)
Thanks for this great valuable video! I will make sure to have a window seat on my next flight.
Kevin Singkham (5 months ago)
robert shaw (5 months 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 (5 months 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.
John Stover (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
Logic "the bread and butter" lounge
Doc DuMont (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
Great vid, thanks a lot. Where did the graphics come from, please?
Manjunath CV (5 months ago)
Flight Simulation Software for sure!
Ed Kummel (6 months ago)
@3:13...anybody else bothered by "YELD"?
Michael Culpepper (6 months ago)
I wish every flight sim’r would watch this video. Thanks for the great vid 👍🏻🤘🏻
William Degnan (6 months ago)
@14:14 Runway End Identification Lights (REIL)
David dkoppyus (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
I got everything until you said "What's up guys?". Could you repeat everything after that, please?
FELIX DATCHE (6 months 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.