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Airport Sign Systems Standards

Vincent D. Reynolds, MBA, PE

There are over 10,000 airports in the United States that serve a variety of aircraft for the purposes of commercial, business, industrial and private uses. With thousands of flights occurring each day, air travel has to conform to certain criteria to ensure the safe operation of aircraft and its passengers. The federal aviation administration (FAA) was formed in 1958 to regulate and oversee all forms of civil aviation in the United States. On its website the FAA mission reads as follows; “our continuing mission is to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.” Part of this mission is to provide the safest and most efficient airports that serve the aviation community in our country.

A properly designed and standardized taxiway guidance sign system is essential for the safe and efficient operation of an airport’s ground vehicles. This course Airport Sign Systems Standards will cover several topics including route identification, identifying boundaries for approach areas, and Instrument Landing Systems (ILS), identifying routes for various destinations and much more. Several examples of various runway and taxiway layouts are shown to aid the student in learning the material and solving problems that may present themselves to the airport designer.

This course material is based on the document “Standards For Airport Sign Systems,” as published on the website of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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