Airport Operations Index
The first trip to an airfield can be confusing to first time pilots. Navigating the runways and understanding the different signs and markers as well as the different lights can be daunting.
Airport design is different in every airport you will visit and understanding airport operations at each is important in operating your aircraft in a safe manner. As pilot in command, it is your responsibility to be familiar with the particular airport operations of each individual airport you visit prior to taxiing for take-off or preparing to land.
The categories below should familiarize you with basic airport operations:
- Types of Airports
- Sources for Airport Data
- Airport Markings and Signs
- Airport Beacons
- Visual Glideslope Indicators – Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI)
- Visual Glideslope Indicators – Runway Lighting
- Airport Lighting
- Wind Direction Indicators
- Traffic Patterns
- Air Traffic Control (ATC) Services
- Airport Radio Communications
- Wake Turbulence
- Airport Collision Avoidance
An FAA Airport/Facility Directory is an important book to have in your library prior to conducting airport operations in your aircraft. It is important to be certain that you have the most current version available to account for changes at the individual facilities.