Runway Colours and the weather

February, 14, 2020 by

We are all familiar with the green, orange and red colours a runway may have depending on the weather. What is important to understand here is that they always show green, orange or red no matter what the weather may be. You can have a 6 knot headwind, one side will be red and the opposite side green. Do not let this stop you from landing on the “Red Runway”.

Before landing, always remember to check the current weather and plan your green or red runway accordingly. Use unicom, send and request traffic advisories and land on the most appropriate runway.

Juan Oosthuizen is a contributor for the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor and real-world PPL student pilot.