Jet Blast/Prop Wash

Be aware of the possibilities of jet blast/prop wash when positioned behind an aircraft.

An operating rotating beacon on an aircraft indicates that the engines are running or are about to be started.

An aircraft just starting to move will generate considerably more jet blast or prop wash than one that is idling. Consequently an object that may be in a safe position for idle thrust may be subject to a mishap when breakaway thrust is applied. Other situations to be aware include when an aircraft is turning or using reverse thrust to back up.

 

NIGHTTIME DRIVING – IT LOOKS SO DIFFERENT!

If you haven’t seen your airport at night yet, the first time may be surprising. If you airport’s runways and taxiways aren’t lighted, the airport may look like a big black emptiness. If the runways and taxiways are lighted, the airport may look like a confusing array of blue, white, red and green lights.

It’s much easier to get lost or confused when driving on the airport at night. Your vision changes at night so the lights may seem to blur together. If you have to drive at night, it’s a good idea to drive around the airport during the day first to orient yourself to the airport. Always allow yourself a little extra time to get to wherever you are going, and drive slower than you normally would. Watch for signs and markings like those we talked about earlier. And if you’re not absolutely sure, ASK someone.

 

VEHICLE OPERATIONS – MOVEMENT AREAS

The movement area are those portions of the Air Operations Area (AOA) for which authorization is required from Airport Management to travel on. Movement areas include:

  • Runways
  • All Taxiways
  • All safety area associated with the runways and taxiways

 

SAFETY AREA OPERATIONS

Ground vehicles having the need to operate within the safety areas, shall obtain proper authorization.

Operators of ground vehicles within the safety area shall, at all times, leave the vehicles flashing beacon on and monitor the UNICOM frequency.

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