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Runway Numbers.... What How and why

25.6k Freerider2142  1.9 years ago

I would like to talk to you about:

Runway Numbers and what do they mean RunwayNumbers.
another Example

These seemingly random numbers are actually informative and important...

-They are BIG so Pilots can see them, to know what runway they are looking at when flying or landing, and to follow instructions... (there are also Airport diagrams for every airport, and pilots are required to have it with them or at least the airport diagram you are takingoff and landing at.)

-They are marked by the Compass heading of that specific Runway.
the difference is that the numbers aren't counted from 000-359 degrees (like game compass)...
In aviation the Compass Heading numbers are counted from 001 degrees to 360 degrees.
For Airport numbers it's without counting the singles digits, Rounding up or down (+/- 5) to the closest round number.

so 360 Degrees (000North) = Runway 36

and 10 Degrees = Runway 01

and if you takeoff from the other direction to runway 01 heading 190 = Runway 19

Takeoffs and Landings use the same direction!
so if you took off from Runway 01 and circle around, you need to come back to approach landing heading 010 back to Runway 01.

You Always takeoff and land into the wind!!! (well when there's wind...)
That's why airports have 2 direction and the wind determines in which direction (01 or 19) you takeoff and land.

When you have 2 parallel Runways going in the same direction, they will be marked according to their position on final approach with: L (Left) R (Right)
I.E.: Runways 10L&R 28L&R and runways 01L&R --- It's also Runways 19L&R but it's not showing in image

Simpleplanes Example Avalanche Airport Spawn point is heading 090 (East):
So Avalanche spawn point is on Runway 09
and if you come from the other direction, you would be Heading 270 (West) landing on Runway 27.

Now Yeager Airport: Yeager
The spawn point is pointing to 189, but we need to round it up so Yeager has:
Runways: 19L, 19R
and Runways 01L, 01R

Let me know in the comments if you'd like an Airport Traffic Patterns "Thing" like this one.

A great aiport information page by @KingHandspider

Hope it helps you :)

P.S. Sorry but Magnetic and True Compass directions and errors are not important in anyway to the game... so i'm not going to elaborate on them....
(well unless you really really want me to..... and beg on your knees :P JK)

For more Tutorials:

Navigation/Position Lights

Traffic Patterns... Left, Right, up and down

Airport Lights basics

Radio calls, how to Communicate as a Pilot in command.

Uncontrolled Simpleplanes Class G Communications... wait what?

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    More please!

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    85.9k MrSilverWolf

    @Freerider2142 thanks! I'm flying fix wing, and it's actually the 172 in my profile picture, that's cool! I should be starting on my instrument along with the multi engine ratings some time this summer

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    @MrSilverWolf Dude that's awesome Congrats!
    Fix wing or Helicopter?
    I flew over the Vegas area Up to S California.
    When i'm back there i'll be starting my instruments and Commercial, so lots of blind flying and cross country :)

    1.9 years ago
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    @BaconAircraft oh common.. they are not That Ugly!!
    But it is a cause for concern the there are flying food processors out there with rear rotor options for extra fine grinding... or Double the Action!

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    85.9k MrSilverWolf

    @Freerider2142 that's cool! Where at do you fly? if you don't mind me asking
    (Actually I just ended up completing my check ride for the private pilots licensed the other day :D)

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    This is sweet!

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    I always thought it was thyre so ugly the ground repels them @Freerider2142

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    WOW O.o so many upvotes so little time... Thank YOU!!!
    @Mainblock @EternalDarkness @jamesPLNESii @ForeverPie @Stellarlabs @Alpha029 @Chancey21 @Marine @BaconAircraft @Airdude @Feanor @BrianAircraftsNew @Corsair013 @DemonSniper8 @Jetpackturtle @marcox43 @yoshicraze @Gestour ...
    my hands will type cramp if this goes on....

    well I guess Traffic Patterns and Airport Symbols is next... :\

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    @BaconAircraft Naaaah, you got it all Wrong

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    @Freerider2142 Actually, you're mistaken. Helicopter blades constantly physically abuses the air around it so much that air gets scared and moves out of the way - hence why helicopters can lift off the ground.

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    @GINGER01 I am a Private Helicopter Pilot FAA Licensed, trained on Robinson R-22 and R-44.
    I am doing my training at 702Helicopters Las Vegas. (check them out, great tour prices!)
    I am working on getting all the way to CFII (Certified Flight Instructor+Instruments)
    And basically build a career in Helicopters.

    I just love seeing so many people designing and flying, and i figured I'd share some of the knowledge I gained, there's a lot of players that are interested in understanding what Real flying involves beyond moving a joystick
    and I feel like SimplePlanes is a good platform to share it :)

    Helicopters DON'T FLY!
    They Beat the air into Submission!!

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    7,938 GINGER01

    Do more of these I love these. Plus do you just look this stuff up or do you actually do work with planes as a job?

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    @Lahoski107 yup, the One thing i forgot was why they are written there in the first place XD


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    5,734 Lahoski107

    the numbers are there so pilots know which one they are landing on. EX. Cleared to land on runway 24R (Right)

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