Changes to FAA Markings and Sign Standards
Are your Airfield Markings Correct? Look Again....

Recent changes to the FAA Markings and Sign Standards could affect your airfield.  Airports should conduct an evaluation of their airfield and/or call in a professional aviation consultant to assist in assessing and managing markings and signs.   Here are a list of the recent modifications the FAA has published in AC 150/5340-1K and 150/5340-18F. Download the FAA Marking and Sign Update PDF here.

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Interruption of Taxiway Centerlines for the Non-movement Area Boundary Marking

 

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  • The gap in the taxiway centerline on both sides of the non-movement area boundary marking is 6-12 inches.
  • The 3-foot gap on the movement side of the marking has been eliminated.
  • The new standard must be implemented the next time the taxiway centerline marking is repainted, but no longer than 2 years from the date of the AC.

 

Runway Holding Position Markings – Pattern A
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  • The taxiway edge marking abuts the black outline for runway holding position markings.
  • The new standard is to be implemented the next time the runway holding position marking are repainted, but no longer than 2 years from the date of the AC.

 

Interrupting Taxiway Edge Markings for Other Hold Markings
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  • Pattern B marking for ILS applications must extend across the entire width of the taxiway, therefore the taxiway edge markings are to be interrupted.
  • The same standard of interrupting the taxiway edge marking for Pattern C and non-movement area boundary markings will also apply.

 

 

Surface Painted Holding Position Signs (SPHPS)
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  • The new standard for 35-foot wide taxiways is to locate the SPHPS centered on the taxiway over the enhanced taxiway centerline with 6-foot tall inscriptions.
  • This new standard is to be implemented within 2 years of the date of the current marking Advisory Circular.

 

Surface Painted Holding Position Signs (SPHPS) Number of Signs Needed
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  • The number of required SPHPS at runway holding positions where the Airplane Design Group (ADG) for the runway is unable to line up perpendicular to the runway holding position marking, requires two SPHPS, one each side of the taxiway centerline marking, where the aircraft design group (ADG) fuselage cannot line up perpendicular to the runway holding position marking, regardless of the width of the taxiway. Examples of this situation include taxiway centerline markings that curve towards the runway holding position marking or intersect the runway holding position marking at an angle other than 90 degrees.
  • This new standard is to be implemented within 2 years of the date of the current marking Advisory Circular.

 

 

Surface Painted Holding Position Signs (SPHPS)
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  • The previous marking AC permitted the use of 9 foot inscriptions at all runway holding positions for a runway, if some of the taxiways were not wide enough for 12 foot tall inscriptions to fit. This standard was to avoid the need for multiple stencils.
  • The new marking AC allows reducing the size of the inscriptions only where necessary and requires all other taxiway entrances to the same runway to maintain the standard 12 foot inscription dimension.
  • Airport operators are expected to implement this change during the next regularly scheduled repainting of SPHPS, but no later than 9/3/2012.

 

 

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REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ENHANCED CONSPICUITY OF SURFACE MARKINGS.

Surface markings that cannot be seen by pilots and other individuals operating on paved airfield surfaces are useless. Two proven techniques that help airport operators enhance the conspicuity of surface markings are (1) outlining surface markings with black borders on light-colored pavements and (2) placing glass beads in paint. However, glass beads are not to be used in black paint. Table 1-1 serves as a general guide for determining when existing asphalt concrete surfaces or asphalt treated surfaces may be classified as a light-colored pavement, i.e., when to outline a required surface marking with a black border.

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For More Information on updating your markings or to schedule an airfield evaluation contact:

Brad Dunn
Sales Representative
P: 352.601.8709
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Rhonda McNeely
Vice President/Sales
P. 315.583.6111 Ext. 224
C. 315.523.1680
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