B2468 From United States of America, joined Sep 2009, 94 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5643 times:
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.
soon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5122 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
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