Runway FAQs:


Q: Are runways named by a number between 01 and 36?

A: Yes, and which is generally the magnetic azimuth of the runway's heading in decadegrees.

Q: Are runways actually parallel?

A: Yes, At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, there are five parallel runways, named 17L, 17C, 17R, 18L, and 18R, all oriented at a heading of 175.

Q: Are runways replaced with one-stripe touchdown zones?

A: Yes.

Q: Are runways designated with headings rounded to the nearest 10 degrees?

A: Yes, and this will affect some runways more than others.

Q: Are runways often used at small- to medium-size airports?

A: Yes.

Q: Is runway the surface from threshold to threshold?

A: Yes, and which typically features threshold markings, numbers, and centerlines, but not overrun areas at both ends.

Q: Is runway 233 degrees?

A: Yes, and it would be designated Runway 23.

Q: Are runways used at small airstrips and are usually just a strip of grass?

A: Yes, and gravel, ice, asphalt, or concrete.

Q: Is runway sometimes also known as a Flare Path?

A: Yes.

Q: Was runway opened at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in 2000 to the south of existing 8R/26L?

A: Yes, and rather than confusingly becoming the "new" 8R/26L it was instead designated 7R/25L, with the former 8R/26L becoming 7L/25R and 8L/26R becoming 8/26.

Q: Is runway often constructed to be aligned with the prevailing wind?

A: Yes.