Runway and Taxiway Designation Systems Runway numbers are taken from the compass bearing of approaching A/C rounded to the nearest 10º. There will always be a difference of 180º between opposite ends of a runway. Example: Runway 23 verses Runway 05 –23 is compass heading 230º and 05 is compass heading 050º.
Runway and Taxiway Designation Systems Parallel runways are designated with L for left, R for right, and C for center. Taxiways are usually designated by letters, numbers or a combination. They are not standardized but are determined locally. *Locally they run from the river to the far end as A,B (Tower), C, D, E(Wash rack), F.
Aircraft Landing View
Aircraft Radar View
Lighting and Marking Systems Blue Lights- outline taxiways and are located off the edge 100 apart. White Lights- Outline runways and are 200 apart. Green Lights- identify approach ends of runways and taxiway centerlines. Red Lights- identify hold bars or areas that require tower clearance to cross.
Lighting and Marking Systems Markings are commonly yellow and white, White- is used for runway identifier numbers/letters, landing zone bars, and centerlines. Yellow- Is used for hold bars and taxiways.
Lighting and Marking Systems Hold bars are used like stop signs for vehicles and aircraft. One side is solid and the other is broken. –When approaching from the solid side the vehicle is required to stop until cleared to cross by the tower. –When approaching from the broken side the hold bar does not apply.
Airport Ground Vehicle Control The tower controls ground vehicle traffic of the airfield. Instructions are issued via radio or visual contact using lights. Movement around the airfield should be done with the towers clearance even in emergencies.
Airport Ground Vehicle Control Light signals are given using a light gun. ARFF driver should memorize these signals before allowed to operate on the active airfield. These signals are:
Airport Ground Vehicle Control Flashing GREEN Light- Clear to proceed across or down the runway. Steady RED Light- STOP! Do not proceed. Flashing RED or Flashing Runway Lights- Clear active runway or landing area immediately! Flashing White Light- Return to fire sta. Or starting point. Alternating GREEN/RED Flashing Lights- General Warning Exercise Caution.
Airport Ground Vehicle Control Airport ramps tend to be the most congested areas of the airfield. –Pedestrian Traffic –Fueling Operations –Service Vehicle Movements –High voltage electrical feeds to A\C –A/C Maintenance operations –Hazardous Materials being shipped or moved
Grid Maps Grid maps are marked with either rectangular coordinates or azimuth bearings. Whichever is used, the grid map should cover an area from 5-15 mile radius from the Control Tower. Traffic patterns and zones should be included. Complete Up-to-Date copies should be furnished to tower personnel, Emergency response personnel and all others with legitimate interest.