OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3361 times:
On a 150-foot wide runway, the runway centerline lights being a foot either side of the painted center strip is really no big deal... It's done that way so the centerline lights (imbedded in the pavement) don't get covered up by paint when the runway was stripe was laid down, ditto for repainting...
COboeing777 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 693 posts, RR: 5 Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3350 times:
I thought it was so that planes didnt run over them constantly when landing or taking off. They would make a rumbling noise inside the plane similar to how when you drive over the reflectors they have between lanes on some highways, right? Not that every aircraft that lands touches down dead on. Maybe its both reasons...mine and the last post?
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3291 times:
The "thumpity thump" noise can easily be avoided on takeoff roll by lining up the aircraft to avoid running imbedded lights with one of the nosewheels.
Now, on the other hand, assume that a 10,000 foot runway has imbedded lights every 2 feet. Laying down a centerline stripe on top of those lights is gonna cover a good many of them up. Not all 5,000, but how many? 500? 1,000? 2,000? In any event, most airport managements have better things to spend money on than having laborers out there with turpentine and toothbrushes to clean a bunch of lights....