Airport Signs & Markings

At an airport, signs and markings are everywhere. Below you'll find a list of airport runway and taxiway signs, light gun control tower signals, and VASI/PAPI light indicators with definitions for each. Markings are uniform at all airports and are designed to enhance safety and efficiency for all pilots, including students and cheap flights professionals. If at anytime the markings or signage are confusing it should be reported to airport personnel. Flight safety is always the most important concern for pilots and their passengers. Commerical pilots deliver smooth takeoffs and landings for their Cheapflights Canada passengers every day, and whether passengers take cheap flights or travel first class they always expect that safety is their pilot's top priority.

Runway & Taxiway Signs

Airport ILS Sign
ILS Critical Area Holding Position Sign
When the ILS is in use Air Traffic Control may hold you short of this sign so your aircraft does not interfere with the ILS signal.
Runway Approach Holding Area Position Sign
Runway Approach Holding Area Position Sign
You must hold at this sign until cleared to cross the runway, to avoid interference with runway operations.
Taxiway Location Sign
Taxiway Location Sign
This sign indicates which taxiway you're on. It may be posted next to direction or holding position signs.
Runway Holding Position Sign
Runway Holding Position Sign
Until cleared onto the runway, you must hold at this sign. In this example, the runway 14 threshold is to the left, and the runway 32 threshold is to the right.
Destination Signs & Location Sign
Destination Signs & Location Sign
This sign indicates current position and direction to other taxiways. In this example you are on taxiway Alpha. Taxiway Charlie passes from right to left and Alpha continues ahead to the right.
Outbound Destination Sign
Outbound Destination Sign
This sign indicates directions to common taxi routes. In this example, runway 27 and runway 33 are to the right. The dot in the middle separates destinations identified on the sign.
Inbound Destination Sign
Inbound Destination Sign
This sign directs pilots to destinations on the airport. The example indicates that the military installation is to the right.
Runway Boundry Sign
Runway Boundry Sign
This sign faces the runway and is visible to pilots exiting the runway. Taxi past this sign to be sure you are clear of the runway.
Taxiway Ending Marker
Taxiway Ending Marker
This sign indicates the termination of the taxiway. It is located at the far end of the intersection.
Closed Runway and Taxiway Marking
Closed Runway and Taxiway Marking
Located at both ends of permanently closed runways and at 1,000ft intervals. This marking is also placed at taxiway entrances that are closed.
Runway Exit Direction Sign
Direction Sign for Runway Exit
While on the runway, this sign will indicate the approaching taxiway. In this example, taxiway Bravo is approaching to the left.
ILS Critical Area Boundry Sign
ILS Critical Area Boundry Sign
This sign indicates when you are safely clear of the ILS area. It is located directly beside the ILS holding position markings. While the ILS approaches are in use, taxi past the sign before stopping on the taxiway.
Holding Position and Location Signs
Holding Position and Location Signs
In this example you are on taxiway Alpha; runway 5-23 passes perpendicular to your position, runway 9-27 passes at an angle starting ahead and to the left of your position to behind and right of your position.
Runway Location Sign
Runway Location Sign
This sign identifies the runway on which your aircraft is located.

Control Tower Light Gun Signals

Light Gun Steady Green
Steady Green Signal
Aircraft on ground is cleared for takeoff. Aircraft in flight is cleared to land.
Light Gun Flashing Green
Flashing Green Signal
Aircraft on ground is cleared for taxi. Aircraft in flight should return for landing (followed by steady green).
Light Gun Steady Red
Steady Red Signal
Aircraft on ground must stop. Aircraft in flight should give way to other aircraft and continue circling.
Light Gun Flashing Red
Flashing Red Signal
Aircraft on ground must taxi clear of the runway in use. Aircraft in flight note that the airport is unsafe, do not land.
Light Gun Flashing White
Flashing White Signal
Aircraft on ground must return to starting point on airport. Not applicable for aircraft in flight.
Light Gun Alternating Green & Red
Alternating Green & Red
All aircraft should exercise extreme caution, on the ground or in flight.

Runway Markings

Airport Runway Markings

VASI Lights (Visual Approach Slope Indicatory )

VASI Light Indicator

PAPI Lights (Precision Approach Path Indicator)

PAPI Light Indicator

Airplane Position Lights

Airplane Position Lights