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Airside markings and signage found on or near airport runways, taxiways, and ramps.

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When do pilots hold behind ILS Critical area?

I understand the puropse of the ILS critical area. But I have never operated at an airport having an ILS critical area. So I do not know when pilots hold outside the critical area but not at the RWY ...
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What does an “X” at only one end of the runway mean?

I came across aerial imagery of a dirt strip in northern Idaho with a white "X" at one end of the runway, but no markings at the other. Does this mean the runway is only closed in one direction, or ...
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Why is one of Madera Municipal's runways labelled with only “R” on both sides?

I was looking on Google Maps satellite view and noticed Madera Municipal Airport in Madera, CA (ICAO KMAE) has an east-west runway labelled with nothing but the letter "R" on both sides. There is no ...
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What are the slash markings on Gatwick's 08R/26L?

Google Earth @ 51°08'52.24" N 0°11'35.71" W The markings are at 100 m intervals, to one side only of the centerline. They're also lighted as seen below. They are missing from the ICAO aerodrome ...
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Why is there conflicting nomenclature for the 1,000 ft runway markings?

The two thick solid lines on runways at 1,000 ft from the end of the threshold are called "fixed-distance markers" in some documentation, and in others, it is called the "touchdown zone marker". Are ...
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How is The Published Runway Touchdown Zone Elevation Decided?

The touchdown zone of a runway can be up to 3,000 feet long if the information I have is accurate. How is the published Touchdown Zone Elevation determined? Is it the center, an average of the ...
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What are the different vehicle roadways markings?

I was going through the AIM (Aeronautical Information Manual) chapter 2, which talks about airport lights and markings. There are 2 types of lines that designate a vehicle roadway. One is a solid line ...
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Why isn't KTEX's runway designation 10/28 instead of 9/27?

Why is the marking on the runway written as (9/27) Telluride (KTEX), Colorado, USA. whereas the direction is 284 degrees? Shouldn't it be (10/28) instead?
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What does the sign “Caution your blast” mean?

At London City Airport (LCY) there exists a "CAUTION YOUR BLAST" sign. This isn't one I've seen before. What does it mean?
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What do these ramp markings mean at KIFP?

As a pilot, what do I need to know about these ramp markings at KIFP? Are they operationally significant?
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NOTAM - What means “no shoulders along taxiways” in German?

can anyone explain to me what "no shoulders along taxiways" means? I know what shoulder markings are, but I don't know how to translate them. Are there German people? :) Thank you!
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Why aren't runway numbers painted in a higher aspect ratio?

I'm watching a lot of aviation youtube channels and it seems to me that when attempting a landing on a "normal" glide path, it must be quite hard to read the runway numbers until you're on short final,...
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Do seaplane bases ever have marked “runways” or approach lighting?

Some seaplane bases have prescribed areas for landing, but are the landing areas marked by buoys or lights? If so are "runways" outlined in the water or just a general area? Do they have IFR ...
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Are taxiways numbered in a predictable order?

When taxiing at an airport without a full-blown airport diagram (most commonly, a non-towered airport), how does a pilot know whether taxiway A (Alpha) is on one end of a runway, or the other? Or, in ...
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FAA Commercial Pilot Knowledge Test: Sign Question

This image appears in the FAA Test Supplement Commercial Test FAA-CT-8080-1E but I am unable to find it in the AIM or the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge. I looks like a don’t taxi here ...
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Do different planes (category) aim differently in the 'final stages before flaring'?

(youtube.com) Do different planes (categories A through D) aim differently in the final stages before flaring? I'm asking about precision runways. The reasons I ask: An ILS' glide slope is not ...
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Why is the aiming point distance shorter in the US vs. Europe for long runways?

In essence, if you compare EGLL and KJFK (but it works for other airports too) you would see that US airports generally adhere to the rule of 1000 ft in distance between threshold and aiming point ...
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What regulations discuss the red/white marked areas on a tarmac at a terminal?

This is the terminal at KSTS. Someone mentioned to me that your can't overfly this area. (I fly helicopters direct to the ramp adjacent.) What regulations discuss this? I don't see it in the AIM.
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What does RTF mean?

There is a sign in Tempelhof airport in Berlin. What does the abbreviation RTF mean? I tried to google but found nothing.
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Are localizer critical areas and glideslope critical areas depicted separately than ILS critical areas at US airports?

Just wondering if there is a separate type of marking on taxiways for localizer and glideslope critical areas, or if they are both shown using the same ILS critical area markings?
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Can a runway have a displaced threshold and a closed section in the same area?

There is tricky question we weren't able to find a clear answer to. Following roughness tests we decided to close part of the runway to all aircraft movements (1400 ft out of a total 3000 ft runway). ...
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Do runway markings vary from country to country?

I understand that most of the airports should follow FAA/ICAO for runway markings but most of the countries have their own standardization orgs. So, how much do the runway markings vary from USA to ...
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What are the dimensions of the parking apron?

What are the approximate dimensions of the apron aircraft zones, ramp, aircraft stands such as Airbus A380, Boeing B737, F16.
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Is there a regularized width of yellow taxiway ground bands?

What is the width of the yellow stripes that are painted on the ground of the taxiway? Is it the same on the whole taxiway or does it vary from an area to another? Is it mentioned in the aerodrome ...
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What is the runway holding short line on Taxiway B between B2 and B3 at KFAT for RWY29L?

At Fresno Yosemite International Airport (KFAT), I was instructed to taxi to RWY 29L via B11, B from Signature Support. When passing B3 and approaching RWY 29L end, I noticed there is one holding ...
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What is this odd large sign near Aalborg airport/millitary airport?

I have recently moved to Aalborg in denmark and while riding my bike each morning I cycle past these large signs pointing out into the water. I assume they are for aircraft at the nearby millitary/...
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What is this radar-like thing?

A friend of mine sent me this picture, which Is somewhere in Miami. But I don't seem to recognize it
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What is this white rectangle painted on runway 23 at KCRW?

(Related to this question.) Runway 23 at Charleston, WV (KCRW) appears to have a (roughly) 500' x 50' white rectangle painted on the touchdown zone (I've added red arrows pointing at each end of the ...
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Yellow chevron markings at end of runway, what do they mean?

In this YouTube video (link starts video at time of interest), the pilot appears to land in the area marked by the large yellow chevrons, in what appears to me (a layperson) to be a taxi way. What ...
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Can the big “X” sign be used for purposes other than runway closure? [duplicate]

About last Sunday night in the dark I was departing LAX on a redeye. We pulled away from the terminals (maybe 500m?), made a right. Looking back out the window I saw a BIG lighted X (maybe 20? 30? ...
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What are the areas marked in green around the taxiways?

In the photos for this AvHerald article you can see areas marked in green with yellow stripes around the taxiways. The entire maneuvering area appears to be solid concrete. The green painted areas ...
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Why is the font size of runway numbers in Canada small?

I've noticed that on runways at Canadian airports, runway numbers are painted noticeably smaller than runway numbers at airports pretty much anywhere else. For instance, here's the beginning of runway ...
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What are these devices on or adjacent to an airport taxi-way?

Can someone identify and provide some description of the objects marked in this photograph? Especially those marked with yellow and red seem to be placed in the middle of a road and that seems to ...
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What are those markings on runway 25L at Frankfurt Airport?

50°01'59.15" N 8°34'05.10" E What are those markings on runway 25L at Frankfurt Airport? UPDATE: July 2016 imagery shows the runway as closed, top image is c. 2015.
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What is ILS 114 / 162 / 294?

I am searching for airports that have ILS (not sure if there is a "law" that any airport servicing civil flights must have one). So I googled around and found this nice site http://www....
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Why five touchdown zone markings for only one aiming point?

RWY 24 at Paris-Orly is a runway sustaining precision approaches. There is an aiming point and five touchdown zone markings. Orly RWY 24, source: Google Maps Aiming the visual aiming point, or ...
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What are these large yellow circles painted across the runway?

There are not many yellow markings on a runway. This row of six is painted about 400m from the threshold at both ends: Montgomery Airport (Alabama) - Source: Google Maps What does it mean for a ...
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What do the white dumb-bell signals indicate?

From ICAO Annex 2: 4.2.3.1 A horizontal white dumb-bell (Figure A1-4) when displayed in a signal area indicates that aircraft are required to land, take off and taxi on runways and taxiways only. ...
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What are these symbols on the runway?

As just a passenger, not a pilot, this may be a very basic question, but when I am on an airplane leaving the terminal, it goes over a symbol on the tarmac that looks like this: Also I see ...
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What is this runway marking on Kirkwall Airport's runway?

What are these markings on Kirkwall Airport's runway? From where they are on the runway, they seem like the touchdown markers, is that what they are?
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Are there some minimum criteria for a field to be registered with the FAA as an airstrip?

I spend an unacceptable amount of time 'flying' around the country (U.S.) via Google Earth and I'm always zooming in on airplane symbols to have a look at airfields. In the western U.S. there are ...
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What are these markings on the runway at Haneda Airport?

I haven't seen these markings in other airports in the world. Look: They also appear in other Japanese airports. What do they mean?
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How do you calibrate the compass of an aircraft on a compass rose?

A follow-up from this question; one of the answers mentioned that the compass rose in the picture was used to calibrate an aircraft's compass. But how does that actually work? Do you park the ...
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What is this star shaped symbol on the tarmac?

This symbol is on the tarmac at Ramona, CA airport. I've seen it at other small GA airports from Google Earth but I don't know what it is. Can someone please explain?
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What's the point of having ILS on runway signs?

Runway signs show the ILS category next to the runway designation. But if you flew and didn't drive to the airport, you already know (hopefully). Either way, you are taking off, so you don't really ...
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My windsock is erect, what does this mean?

I know that airport windsocks are calibrated to reach full erection at a particular wind velocity. At half that speed, the first half of the windsock should be erect and the second half should droop ...
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What are the curved centerlines at taxiway intersections for?

At all airports where I've looked out the window during taxi, the taxiway intersections have been painted with nice circular arcs connecting (the centerline of) each entry to the intersection with ...