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Like road signs, airport signs let you
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know where you are, where to turn to get
to where you want to go, and a whole lot
more. At first glance, the sign ecosystem
seems as overwhelming as the Minotaur's
Maze they occupy-but here's a secret:
Despite the incredible range and variety of
signs populating airports, there are actually
only six kinds. They are mandatory
instruction signs, location signs, direction
signs, destination signs, information signs,
and runway distance remaining signs.
And like road signs, they are color-coded
to help you know at a glance
what kind of sign they are.
Not an option
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3
4
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1 Runway approach area holding position / 2 ILS critical area holding position /
3 No entry / 4 Runway location / 5 Taxiway ending / 6 Runway holding position
collocated with taxiway location
We all know that red means stop in the
world of wingless machines. The same is
true of mandatory instruction signs. These
red backgrounded signs with white letters,
numbers, or symbols-called inscriptions
by the Aeronautical Information Manual
(AIM)-indicate areas where airplanes
must stop, such as the entrance to runway,
along with areas where aircraft are prohibited
altogether. There are four subspecies
of mandatory signs:
Runway holding position sign:
Located at taxiway entrances to runways,
these signs function like stop signs at
nontowered airports, and more like traffic
lights at towered airports. At nontowered
airports upon reaching the sign, stop, look,
and listen before taking the active runway.
At towered airports, this sign marks the
location where airplanes must hold short
of the runway for clearance to enter or
cross. Shown as a pair of runway numbers
separated by a dash, the sign is oriented
for cockpit perspective: 8/26 tells the pilot
that the threshold of Runway 8 is to her
left while the threshold of Runway 26 is
to her right. If there were a taxiway in
exactly the same position on the opposite
side of the same runway, the sign there
would read 26/8. When the taxiway intersects
the beginning of the runway, a single
runway number may be shown instead.
In cases where a taxiway connects to a
runway intersection, both runways will be
shown with pointer arrows indicating the
directions of the thresholds.
Runway approach area holding
position sign: In some cases, taxiways
may cross under the approach paths of
runways, necessitating a band of pavement
that requires clearance to proceed across.
These signs will show the runway number
along with the letters APCH.
ILS critical area holding position
sign: White " ILS " on a red field, this
sign denotes the start of an ILS critical
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FLIGHT TRAINING AUGUST 2021
CHARLES FLOYD

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