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User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2829 posts, RR: 13
Posted (16 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 14382 times:

Hello peoples!

Does anyone know if there is a standard runway width for a certain length; if widths are proportionate to lengths? Thanks!

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User currently offlineBuff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (16 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 14346 times:

Most international airport runways are 150 feet in width. Except in Canada where they are 200'. Gives more room to pile up the snow, eh?

Best Regards,


User currently offlineATRpilot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (16 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 14343 times:

No, there really is no standard.

Most runways at regional or international airports are 100-150 feet wide regardless of length. I have, however flown into a number of ex USAF bases where the runways were 300' wide or more (I guess B52's don't like crosswinds).

The same holds true for many general aviation airports. I have seen some runways that were 30' wide or less and some that were 300' wide, usually the old WWII training bases on the east coast (if you've ever flown a big taildragger you know why!). Beaufort, NC (MRH) is a great example.

A good rule of thumb to figure out runway width and length is to look at the markings (those runways that have them). The number of stripes across the runway at the threshold are indicative of width (4=60', 6=75', 8=100', 12=150', 16=200', etc.). Many runways have touchdown zone markings which indicate the first 300' of length and signs along the side which indicate each 1000' of distance.

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