Now we've covered the markings you will find on the runways and taxiways, but there are other markings around the airport that can have significant impact on airport operations if ignored.

Nonmovement Area Boundary Markings

The movement area of an airport is all pavement controlled by ATC, i.e. the Runways and Taxiways. The nonmovement area, therefore, is pavement where ATC does not have authority, such as the ramp, apron, and other automobile movement areas. 

The boundary between movement and nonmovement areas is comprised of two yellow lines, one solid and one dashed, that form a delineator between the areas. The solid line represents the "do not cross" side of the delineator, and faces the nonmovement side (the ramp side), while the dashed line is on the taxiway side. Aircraft can leave the movement area at will to enter the ramp or apron, but must receive a clearance from ATC before re-entering the nonmovement area by crossing back onto an active taxiway.

movement boundary

Boundary of Nonmovement Area

VOR Receiver Checkpoint

If a VOR Receiver Checkpoint is located on an airport it will be marked by a large yellow and white circle painted on the ground with an arrow inside pointed in the direction an airplane should line up to face the VOR to perform a check. There will be an information sign (see lesson Airport Signage: Ramp/Other) located nearby with instructions pertaining to which radial to select for the test. Usually such a checkpoint is located on the apron or on a taxiway in a spot easily accessible without causing undue traffic blockage for other aircraft moving on the field. Check the chart supplement for more information on where a specific VOR checkpoint is located.

VOR Receiver Checkpoint Marking

VOR Receiver Checkpoint Marking

Vehicle Roadway Markings

In spots where it is necessary for non-aircraft vehicles to move on an area usually designate for aircraft operation, such as across a ramp or apron, a vehicle roadway will be marked. This will have either solid white lines defining the edges of the path, with dashed white lines clarifying if there are multiple lanes within, or a zippered white line instead of solid white edge lines.


The vehicle roadway (horizontal along the bottom) has zippered edge lines indicating the boundary, and dashed line down the center delineating separate lanes. The vehicle lanes running vertically have solid boundary edges.

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