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Typeface Used On Airfield Signage  
User currently offlineB2468 From United States of America, joined Sep 2009, 90 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4972 times:

Hi everyone!

I apologize for the rather weird and dorky question.

A few months ago, I was on MU 587/588 PVG-JFK-PVG, and while taxiing at PVG, I noticed that the signage on the airfield used the FHWA(x) Series typefaces. I was reminded of this last week on a flight to SIN; when taxiing, I noticed the FHWA(x) fonts again.

For those of you who are not roadgeeks, the FHWA(x) Series typefaces are the typefaces used on most highway signage in the USA, Canada, Malaysia, and a few other countries.

I know that FHWA(x) typefaces are not used on Singaporean roadways, and China's use of FHWA(x) on roadways is relatively recent and limited.

Are there some sorts of international regulations on what typefaces are to be used on airfield signage? I find it hard to imagine China or Singapore using a foreign typeface without some sort of international requirements.


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User currently offlinePackcheer From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4971 times:

You didn't specifically mention it, and I'm not one who knows alot about typeface (other than my selected Microsoft Office fonts....)

Is this typeface the kind used on US airfield signage also?



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User currently offlineB2468 From United States of America, joined Sep 2009, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4944 times:

Quoting Packcheer (Reply 1):
You didn't specifically mention it, and I'm not one who knows alot about typeface (other than my selected Microsoft Office fonts....)

Is this typeface the kind used on US airfield signage also?

Like the putz I am, I didn't think to look when I was at JFK, but yes, I do believe FHWA(x) is the typeface used at USA airfields.



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User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4865 times:

Quoting B2468 (Reply 2):
Like the putz I am, I didn't think to look when I was at JFK, but yes, I do believe FHWA(x) is the typeface used at USA airfields.

Most major airports in the US seem to have the same font for signs, like this one:



[Edited 2010-04-20 10:40:58]

User currently offlineB2468 From United States of America, joined Sep 2009, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4827 times:

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 3):
Most major airports in the US seem to have the same font for signs, like this one:

Yeah, that is definitely FHWA(x), probably FHWA(E).



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User currently offlineFredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4801 times:

The symbols to be used is specified, letter for letter, in ICAO Annex 14 Appendix A. No typeface given by name, just what each individual letter/numer is supposed to look like.

Not saying it isn't the same, just how it is specified.



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User currently offlinespeedbird9 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4781 times:

I believe BAA is suing the new owners of Gatwick because BAA own the exact shade of yellow and font of the lettering on signs around the airport
bit eccentric.....just an interesting tit-bit



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User currently offlinesoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4451 times:

Interesting topic...I thought having years in the sign industry I was the only dweeb noticing signage typefaces. I'm not familiar with what you call "FHWA" as a face however the typical Helvetica/ Aerial regular is the Artroom term for what you see. In Europe the road signage was a different face, the name escapes me. Typically character size is the dominant requiremnet in runway/ taxiway signage and are standards set by the FAA. Please explain the "FHWA" as you call it...I'm interested...g

User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4356 times:

Quoting soon7x7 (Reply 7):
Please explain the "FHWA" as you call it...I'm interested...g
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FHWA_Series_fonts

Tom.


User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4353 times:

Quoting tdscanuck (Reply 8):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FHWA_Series_fonts

Tom.

Now now Tom, the proper way to do that is like this:

http://tinyurl.com/28ezobj

    


User currently offlinesoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4309 times:

Ahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_public_signage_typefaces

This site lists various typefaces used around the world on roads and airport...the face in the above photo which is same face as used at JFK is Helvetica Regular. Also is used in the New York subway system and many Port Authority applications...g


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