SIMULATION TEST OF THE ARCATA, CALIFORNIA, DIAMOND RUNWAY CENTERLINE
NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY NJ
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The guidance value of the Arcata diamond runway centerline paint markings was tested by comparison with the U. S. standard centerline markings in the DaltoP-3 visual simulation facility. Twenty experienced pilots participated in the testing. Results generally favored the U. S. standard centerline consisting of a 3-foot-wide interrupted stripe with 120-foot painted length and 80-foot gaps, as opposed to the 10-foot maximum width diamonds with 75-foot length and spacing. The only exception was that the diamonds were seen farther away prior to touchdown, a result that is attributed to the one-third larger total painted area.
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