Sydney Airport completes runway safety upgrade

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 29, 2012

Sydney Airport has completed the $25 million installation of runway stop bars at 47 locations across its three runways.

The stop bars — a series of inset red lights across the width of the taxiway at each runway entry point as well as elevated lights on each side of the taxiway — are meant to minimise the risk of runway incursions.

When an aircraft or vehicle is cleared to enter the runway, the stop bar lights are extinguished and green ‘lead-on’ lights illuminate, providing a path to the runway.

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Pilots and airfield drivers will also continue to receive verbal clearance to enter the runway, but airport officials say the stop bars add another layer of safety.

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