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How do pilots navigate the runway and taxiways at night?

How do pilots navigate the runway and taxiways at night?
Steven Koles, Calgary
Instrument Landing Systems (located near the runway) and on-board instruments that assist with visual navigation are used for both nighttime and daytime landings. Most runways have special lights off to the side and near touchdown that guide us vertically – these lights change from red to white to indicate aircraft positioning on approach to landing. Additional lights play different roles: White lights located at the edges of runways identify the runway, blue lights line taxiways, and green lights are embedded in taxiway centrelines. I wouldn’t want to see the electricity bill for when the lights are on at full blast during low visibility.



Doug Morris is an Air Canada pilot and captain on the Airbus A320. Got an aviation question? Send it to askdoug@enroutemag.net.

 

 

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