AIRPORT LIGHTING, MARKINGS, AND EQUIPMENT
As an Air Traffic Controller (AC), you must have a thorough knowledge of the airport
layout, airfield markings, and airfield lighting equipment to effectively control aircraft and
vehicular traffic on and in the vicinity of the airport. The information in this chapter will
give you a basic understanding and enable you to make sound decisions based on your
airfield's capabilities. This chapter does not cover everything that may confront you.
Since improvements and new equipment come out all the time, make sure that you
keep current with the equipment and changes at your airfield.
The material in this chapter will enable you to:
Identify standard airport markings
Identify the standards applicable to airfield lightings systems and indicate the
functions of and operating rules for related components
Identify the different types of emergency recovery equipment and their uses
The layout of each airport is unique. It is important that you become familiar with the
layout of your airfield, the better service you can provide.
The Unified Facilities Criteria UFC 2-000-05N (formerly known as P-80) Facility
Planning for Navy & Marine Corps Shore Installations, provides facility planning criteria
for use in computing quantitative facility requirements. It also provides planning criteria
used in the preparation of basic facility requirements, evaluation of existing assets and
the determination of specific facility requirements for shore facilities programs. These
criteria apply equally to proposed and existing facilities. Their application to existing
facilities provides a basis for planning against deficiencies or disposition of excess
property as appropriate.
Runways are prepared surfaces for the landing and takeoff of aircraft. The number of
runways required is determined by the expected traffic density, airfield mission,