Runway & Taxiway Safety

Over the past several years there have been a number of vehicle and pedestrian deviaitons at the Santa Clara County Airports. When questioned as to why, the deviant almost always indicated that they simply didn’t know they were in the wrong place.   In a couple of the more serious cases, the subject enjoyed the company of the local police while being escorted to jail.

There have also been several instances where pilots have left passengers at the instructor benches without providing instructions on where they can and cannot go. These spectators, with camera in hand, wander onto the active taxiway or across the run-up area in an effort to get closer to the runway. To prevent reoccurrence, the instructor benches have temporarily been removed and we ask that all guests be left at the terminal.

The following information is provided In an ongoing effort to better educate the users of our airports in best practices to avoid future deviaitons.

In addition to the information provided below, the FAA has some very good tools avaliable on their website:


Runway Safety Summer Initiave - Cross The Line (pdf)

Runway Safety Fact Sheet (pdf)

Vehicles on the Airport, Best Practices (pdf)

Runway Safety, Pilots Best Practices (pdf)

FAA Safety Briefing Nov/Dec 2011 (pdf) 11mb

AOPA Safety Advisory No 2. Operations at Towered Airports (pdf) 15mb

Reducing the Number of Vehicle/Pedestrian Deviations at Your Airport (pdf)

Advisory Circular 150/5210-20 Ground Vehicle Operations on Airports (pdf)


Signage Familiarity

Airport Signage Flash Cards (pdf) 5mb
Print on both sides then cut along the line to create flashcards

Airport Signage Flash Cards (pdf) 2mb
You can roll through these in Acrobat

Sign Quiz (pdf)

Sign Quiz - interactive FAA website (html)

Quick Reference Guide (pdf)

Ground Vehicle Guide to Airport Signs and Markings (pdf)

Pilot Guide to Airport Signs and Markings (pdf)

Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (pdf) 3.5mb