Greetings from Sightline!
Sightline is a team of Airfield Marking Consultants. We don't paint; instead we are marking experts, working with the industry to improve marking systems worldwide.
The purpose of this seasonal publication, if it is new to you, is to inform about issues regarding airport markings. Thanks to all of you who subscribed through our website at sightline.us.
It's been so hot! We have heard from people all over the country that it has been too hot to paint at times this summer (read more about that in "What's New?"). With the oppressive heat comes brutal storms. It's only July and Virginia has had its fill of damaging winds, hail, and flooding. Be sure to check out the last two Symposiums this year; one in Denver, one in Daytona Beach. Happy reading!
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Airport marking-related equipment has never been eligible for AIP funding - hence many airports don't have the tools they need to do the job. The Airport Improvement Program Handbook states "The FAA supports the policies by giving highest priority to projects that enhance safety and security of our airport system." Show of hands: who thinks airport markings are maintained regularly to enhance safety?
Typically, an interview has two parts: the interviewer asks the questions, and the interviewee answers them. But what happens when the interviewee bails out at the last minute leaving the interviewer alone with his unanswered questions?
We continually battle several misconceptions among the industry about pavement markings on airfields. It seems that many just have the wrong idea about what it takes to do it the right way. In this series of articles, we will debunk popular marking myths, and set the record straight.
Six years ago, preformed thermoplastic was applied at Newark Liberty International Airport to test its utility on US airports. Many airports have taken a "wait and see" approach since the material was approved for use by the FAA. We just saw the test marking with our own eyes and we're ready to make our own determinations.