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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 Slyfield (9 hours ago)
I’m guessing this is SeaTac airport :)
Carl Seddon (1 day ago)
Interesting information thanks I am learning ground movements as part of my PPL ground navigation
RedArrow73 (1 day 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 (1 day ago)
I gave you a like.
Torrey Jones (2 days ago)
pop filter, for the love of ears everywhere, pop filter.
T Becker (2 days 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 (2 days ago)
Thank you so much. This was very informational.
Iluvsexygirlbums (2 days 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.
Thomas Griffin (4 days ago)
Very interesting stuff
Boesner11 (5 days ago)
I believe that all air traffic markings, measurements and weights are done in the metric system, not imperial. So instead of feet it would be meters. I could be wrong, but it is my understanding that all airports around the world stick with the metric system, keeping it with one type of measurements prevents mistakes from happening for pilot errors when they come to a new airport. All pilots know the metric system, and pilots dont want to be asking questions when landing if the measurement are imperial or metric
Peter Lafayette (8 days ago)
A city block is approximately 1000 feet. To short to land a plane. The 10 must mean 10000 feet. I guess. Anyways , I think I can handle it from here. Where can I pick up license?
Rog5446 (9 days ago)
At time marker 5:36 he said anything to the right of the dashed line etc etc, but he was actually talking about the left side of the dashed line.
mike peters (9 days ago)
horrible voice, could only watch about 1 minute.
Large Yankees Fan (9 days ago)
What addons do you use?
S2Kjeffrey (10 days ago)
I have been surveying airports including placement of pavement markings for over 30 years. He is not entirely correct about the red/white lines at the gate. They designate the equipment staging areas so objects and vehicles don't interfere with the aircraft when moving in or out of the gate. It's not about restricting movement of personnel. PAPI = Precision Approach Path Indicator, normally set for a 3 degree slope, although each unit is slightly different.
justforever96 (12 days ago)
If you can turn either L or R off of Qubec onto Bravo, then why does the sign marking Quebec only show to traffic coming from the Right-hand side? When you go behind, there are no markings showing traffic where Quebec is from that direction. If it's one-way, why does the B sign show arrows going both ways? If that just indicates that that taxiway extends both directions, then how DO you know which way traffic is supposed to flow?
Stephanie Arthur (13 days ago)
Larry Easton (14 days ago)
Check it out, this is the Van Nuys Airport, San Fernando Valley. Doesn't have commercial gates. Just an aviation fact.
REMF (15 days ago)
So why did you go over the grass?
Paul Mathieson (16 days ago)
Chevrons.. overrun, not landing.
Paul Mathieson (16 days ago)
Uncanny ability to land, uh? Nothing to do with radio beacons and computers then?
Paul Mathieson (16 days ago)
It's ICAO not Federal regulations for markings.
Paul Mathieson (16 days ago)
The yellow lines are centreline markings. Ideally, the nosewheel should run along the line. Stops the msinwheels running on the grass.
gabriel pluchino (16 days ago)
anyone notice this is sea tac
No Name (19 days ago)
You are killing me, killing me, Bro. Great video but it's pronounced KEH-bek. Not KWE-bek. It's a letter not a geographical area!
Ron Gardiner (2 days ago)
Thanks Alex Trebek :) I think when using the phonetic alphabet everyone must use exactly the same pronunciation. It was wrong from the beginning and will stay that way.
Piper Alpha (21 days ago)
You had me convinced you knew what you were talking about until you got to the “end of runway distance markings” where you were guessing what the numbers represent. That’s where you lost me.
quarryfield (27 days ago)
Great video, I learned a lot watching this. Thanks for taking the time to explain the markings, it will be fun looking out for them on our next trip. Great graphics too, well done.
James (29 days ago)
Good job there, LogicLounge, learnt quite a bit... thanks!
Lydia Miller (29 days ago)
what sim u using????????TELL ME AND I SUBSCRIBE
Sam Wahba (1 month ago)
Which airport is this??
rpprevost (1 month ago)
Why is yield spelled as "yeld"?
Jim T (1 month ago)
Double yellow line is not edge of taxiway. It is "do not cross" normally because the surface is insufficient to support the weight of an aircraft. It also be an area where you may see above ground electrical conduit leading up to taxiway lighting. However, the idea is still "do not cross" these lines. Particularly, a flight that has no divert and land at an alternative airport due to mechanical or destination airport has landing delays (WX-weather, or other event) or departure ATC delays where aircraft must pull away from the terminal due to other aircraft needing to take the gate space but due to delays at the destination the ATC is not granting take off clearance at the present time. The area with the red/white line is an area required to be clear of all equipment prior to aircraft operation. So personnel tugs, baggage carts, cones, etc all have to be outside the area when the aircraft is pulling into or pushing out of the gate area. It also is why the red/white lines extend back with little or no area in between. This is the area where airplane marshalls will walk in as the aircraft is pushed back to bring attention and radio the tug about any aircraft crossing behind the plane. So if you notice the line at the right goes much further back than the one at the left. Those are the points where the marshalls walk to while walking an aircraft back. One may be much shorter because they are giving information about the other taxiway you can see a bit off to the left and the one at the right walks out to the edge of the taxiway to advise of any aircraft coming to the pushback tug. The number at the entrance of the gate is how far the aircraft needs to push back to before they are free to maneuver. If some cases they can't start either engine until they have pushed back to this point.
peter olsen (1 month ago)
The mowing crew should lift their game!
cagun7 (1 month ago)
You forgot a important thing the blue light on the taxi way indicate they are the closest (up to and end out) to the runway . The runway itself has clear lights on the sides .So we may call it "entering the danger zone" and the danger zine were all things happen`s in fast speed.
matthew walker (1 month ago)
A red and white marking is not defined as a runway marking it is defined as a mandatory sign. The term is a white inscription with a red back ground. The purpose of these signs "mean you must have permission to cross". Usually there will be a line on the ground next to the sign to show the boundary. It is used at runways as ATC don't want planes entering a runway without permission. The mandatory sign is also shown on no entry signs. BTW the dash between the numbers represent that the reciprocal ends to the runway and the direction of the turn left or right will take you to the runway threshold.
Sushi Lover (1 month ago)
Thank you for making this video, I often wondered how to make sense of the signs while taxing on a plane.
martin theiss (1 month ago)
Hey Logic, here is a brilliant safety idea. If 34 R is being used at the current landing command why not execute a takeoff with a large plane for the airport at 16 L. Is that reasonable?
Vadim Martynyuk (1 month ago)
What’s wrong with your mic ?
Jim Bartosch Sr. (1 month ago)
I agree Makaveli I am a user of Microsoft Sim X I have been flying the simulator since I got my Commodore 64. I have been a virtual Pilot with Eastern virtual Airlines and have over 3,000 flight hours and it was nice to know what those lines and numbers meant. So instead of bashing him you need to thank him for taking time out of his daily life to teach us.
Rizwan Noor (1 month ago)
much appreciated, keep it up
Farooq Khan (1 month ago)
Thank you very much for explaining, i refresh my knowledge of Airport Operations after a break of many years.
Jonel Umbal (1 month ago)
I think it is called "jet bridge", not sky bridge.
Toudji Boubakar (1 month ago)
Hi sir I want to say that those two yellow line and yellow dashed as you said do not cross without ATC permission that area called (holding point)
Toudji Boubakar (1 month ago)
+matthew walker yeah thank you sir I've said that because while you were explaining that point you were out of the runaway just before penetrating so you have to hold unless you got the ATC Clarence . by the way I'm an ATC from Algeria and your video was so fruitful and useful regardless of that point.
matthew walker (1 month ago)
Very good point and correct name. Just remember you don't have to hold when coming off the runway. The hold is always done on the side of the solid lines until you receive a clearance.
Peter Downing (1 month ago)
Nice! Cleared up a lot of questions I had. Thanks
Wissal B (1 month ago)
That;s a great video 👍👍👍
signman Bob (1 month ago)
What airport are you using for the instruction here? Nevermind, I see that it is LatinVFR's KSEA. Looks good. Very informative video.
Drblake Cock (1 month ago)
Your not a pliot are you? Sad....
Bruce Richall (1 month ago)
The video was excellent and informative thank you for producing and sharing this. Just one small point. I believe that you said the ISL runway marker stood for Automatic Landing System when in fact it means Instrument Landing System.
Robert Jennings (1 month ago)
FOD is why parking area is big. Flying objects and debris off-times shoots up when a jet engine starts..
Kenneth Thomas (1 month ago)
It's actually Foreign Object Damage FOD.
Euro 73 (1 month ago)
Very interesting, I am no pilot but I really appreciate aircraft and flying in general. Many thanks, truly enjoyed and informative.
Charles Laurie-Magyar (1 month ago)
Excellent info.
BlinkPhaseVideos (1 month ago)
At 15:41 Cpt. Jean-Luc Picard was triggered and beat the shit out of a Cardassian!
JJ K (1 month ago)
Visually well illustrated on PAPI lights. Nice.
Nick Hiles (1 month ago)
hey that was great:) being a new pilot i like watching these kinds of videos just to reinforce the information that ive gathered because its kinda hard to remember every detail with all the actual flying going on. good job buddy
GAURAV SANKAR (1 month ago)
Holy shit this stuff is complicated 😟
Bogart Escobar (1 month ago)
Your audio is annoying. Most of all words with P and B
Tim Curtis (1 month ago)
Mark E (1 month ago)
very informative video. thanks
Ron D'Eau Claire (1 month ago)
@ 3:22, YELD means Yield?
jeanco lapierre armande (1 month ago)
Quite informative, and although I am an experienced flightsim pilot, I learned one or two things here. Flightsim pilots (myself included) pay a lot of attention to the aircraft, but airport behaviour is, mostly, far less important to us. Most common mistake: taxiing far to fast; get up in the air as soon as possible!
Dave Fisher (1 month ago)
Never knew that about runway numbers. Thanks for the info.
Hugh Vellos (1 month ago)
Excellent overview. Just the right length of time and level of detail. Thanks
qlemens (1 month ago)
Even as a student commercial pilot i learned a few things from this video. Thank you!
kanehi (1 month ago)
Interesting. Now I'll be on the lookout for markings. Those Left and Right were confusing me when I watch movies and now I understand more of what it means.
Jonathan Moore (1 month ago)
Great video thank you.
Unknown Freak (1 month ago)
“This is like the bread and butter as in don’t cross this unless you definitely, DEFINITELY have permission.” The thing is, you’re not taking in to account untowered airspace
Robert Davis (1 month ago)
Very well done Sir. Thanks for taking the time to help us. Cheers.
Tina Renton (1 month ago)
Great video, have always wondered what the markings mean, thanks for your time and effort 👍
Curtis Muller (1 month ago)
Great video, many thanks.
iammdeepak1 (1 month ago)
What software do you use? Excellent presentation
Jeff P (1 month ago)
Interesting; always wanted to know what some of the markings were. Is the airport depicted here Sea-Tac? I know their runways are numbered 34 and 16. Thanks for posting.
HL (1 month ago)
FAA and CAA across europe obviously use the same light systems, but markings on the ground can be drastically different while pretty much meaning almost the same same thing. except double yellows and of course the cheveron stop lines in europe have a single solid yellow line and dashed yellow line incased in a black outline for visibility. FAA and CAA of european airports have different government systems at the airports, depending on country specific systems. For a simple explanation. The us FAA has a transition of 18000ft where as in the UK and most european airports the transistion is just 6000ft this is a critical difference. This transition height determines where your changing from feet to flight level. you couldnt fly at transition level and have adequate aircraft separation at the same time. -there are also different flight zones around individual airports too in most built up areas. airports can be so complex and amazing places.
cherfieldm (1 month ago)
Thank you for sharing very informative.
Ryan Dunbar (1 month ago)
Thank you for this. Excellent explanations and graphics!
Parimal , (1 month ago)
Nice vid. Which is the flight sim used in this vid ?
benben g (1 month ago)
tnx man.. i love it
tushar janardan (1 month ago)
10 is 10,000 feet rwy left form the present position
yindyamarra (1 month ago)
I’m going to look for the # marks now, thanks
shaleemn (1 month ago)
Great video but couldn’t listen for long as your audio is very harsh-sounding when you pronounce sounds such as p, d, t, b. I’m no audio expert but perhaps some adjustments could be made to improve the video. Otherwise, a fairly informative video :)
Mrs. Phyllis Stephens (1 month ago)
Just fucking shut up and get with it
Kwaku Addo-Danquah (2 months ago)
Wow, learnt a lot... Thanks for the video
mundl kalli (2 months ago)
geeez some of you people are ridiculous....I believe he said......"I THIIINKKK its a thousand feet....." great video.....thank you.....I am gonna go and brag now....
pete jones (2 months ago)
Good effort mate. Others will point out the little mistakes but I’m going to say good on you for having a crack at explaining something that maybe someone is wondering about.
Alexandre Miranda de Lacerda (2 months ago)
Nice video
Gabriel Ribas (2 months ago)
What simulator are you using?
Cozy Zuki (2 months ago)
2000  thumbs up  to your  video & explanations. As of  16 October  2018. I hope it reaches  1 billion likes.   Plus  a billion  thanks to you.
Nick Chinn (2 months ago)
nice attempt but WRONG on alot of stuff. I work at the airport so yea....
Emanuel Cabral (2 months ago)
At 4:39 that's not a stop bar, it's a taxiway intersection marking.
Xxswag_dawgxX (2 months ago)
For the double dashed/double solid lines are called holding markers (they probably have a different name) but if you're on the side with the double solid lines then you need ATC clearance to cross but if you're on the side with the double dashed lines then you do not need ATC clearance to cross. Oh and the aircraft is an A321 not A320
Tmanaz480 (3 months ago)
catboy721 (3 months ago)
You didn't touch on RAMP signs, which I frequently see. What are those?
Becky's Balcony (3 months ago)
The word Yield is misspelled on the tarmac, it should be spelled YIELD not YELD.
Y Malveaux (3 months ago)
Wow! Very informative. Not that I am into aerospace or aviation technology, I appreciate the lesson given here. It captured my interest throughout the entire video. I will certainly be looking at airport markings on my next flight. Thanks for the lesson.
Curch37 (4 months ago)
Do somebody know the Name of this Flightsimulator ?
Don Thomas (4 months ago)
How do pilots know what route to take from the runway to the stand
Pranesh Sawant (2 months ago)
Just as there are names to taxiways, atc directs the aircraft to follow the taxiways by their names and aircraft reaches its desired gate
Jesus Gutierrez (5 months ago)
It’s an A321
David Morgan (5 months ago)
What software is this? Nice detail.
Jeff K (6 months ago)
Awesome presentation! Interesting & informative.
t e r I N E E D L E R (6 months ago)
This guy talks like a pilot. Oh shit he really is one! Just read some other comments and I agree not to bash him. He’s having to adapt his grasp of complex information so it can be dumbed down for us regular folks. It’s the equivalent of explaining quantum physics to a cat!
brickson98moto (6 months ago)
So much misinformation.....
julini (6 months ago)
Nice video, thanks.