FAA Specifications for Rotating Airport Beacons

Airport rotating beacons indicate the location of an airport by projecting beams of light spaced 180 degrees apart. Rotating beacons are required for any airport with runway edge lights. They create a “flash” similar to lighthouses, however, with Airports...

United States Airport Wind Cone Specifications

The Wind Cone specifications for airports based in the United States are set by the FAA in Aviation Circular 150/5345-27E – Specification for Wind Cone Assemblies. There are a variety of requirements and you should review the PDF linked here for complete...
How to Install a Wind Sock

How to Install a Wind Sock

Looking at aviation products and terminology from around the world, you may be wondering: what is the difference between a wind cone and a wind sock? You could argue there are slight differences, one of which is that wind cones usually have firmer baskets rather than...
Traffic Patterns and the Segmented Circle

Traffic Patterns and the Segmented Circle

Some airfields consist of unusual markings in the form of circles made up of square segments with L-shaped lines coasting along their edges, reminiscent of crop circles viewed from above. These markings actually aren’t as strange as they seem, but for many...
The Basics of Airport Beacon Lights

The Basics of Airport Beacon Lights

When it comes to airfield lighting products, the rotating beacon light is a simple, yet effective solution to nighttime travel. An airport beacon light is also referred to as an aeronautical beacon or aerodrome beacon. A beacon is a type of visual navigation aid, or...