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Runway Bars

Mon Aug 05, 2002 9:21 am

Is there a specific reason for the number of bars on a runways end? I've seen anywhere from 6-12 bars (3 on each side or 6 on each side) at major airports and only 4 at smaller ones. I'm sure there's a reason but could someone fill me in? (And I'm not talking about the bars farther down the runway)
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RE: Runway Bars

Mon Aug 05, 2002 9:25 am

The number of bars at the end of runways tell a pilot how wide the runways are. I'm sure someone who flies bigger birds that I do (I can't remember because my Cessna 152 would fit on any runway, heh...) can tell you exactly what they mean in terms of how many bars = how many feet, etc.

Hope that helps somewhat...

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RE: Runway Bars

Mon Aug 05, 2002 9:40 am

Thx tz. I'm in the same situation as you that's why I ask  Smile.
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RE: Runway Bars

Mon Aug 05, 2002 9:54 am

Hi Jason!

2-3-3-h in the AIM:
Runway Width
Number of Stripes

60 feet (18 m)

75 feet (23 m)

100 feet (30 m)

150 feet (45 m)

200 feet (60 m)

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RE: Runway Bars

Mon Aug 05, 2002 10:18 am

Thank you much, joe.
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RE: Runway Bars

Mon Aug 05, 2002 10:50 am

But apparently there are exceptions. SFO's 200-ft wide runways have ten piano keys. Can anybody find a pic of a US runway with 16?

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