Communication

Runway Lighting and Markings

It is relatively easy to navigate around small airports, but large airports can be a nightmare for pilots using them for the first few times. Pilots can inform the ground controller they are unfamiliar with the airport, and request progressive taxi instructions. The ground controllers are happy to help newcomers. The airborne view of Dallas/Ft. Worth airport will give you a picture of how complex and confusing a large airport can be to pilots who do not work in or out of Dallas International Airport (DFW) regularly. The view looking north shows nine runways and dozens of taxiways and high-speed turnoffs. When one thinks of an airport, one pictures a control tower. DFW uses not one, but three control towers to control the air and ground traffic. One tower controls the east side of the airport, a second tower controls the west side of the airport and a third tower controls the center.