Midpoint Runway Marking

The aviation industry continues to experience landing overruns due in part to pilots touching down beyond the midpoint of the available runway. In some landing overruns, pilots were unaware that the midpoint was reached and nonetheless “forced” the landing instead of implementing the go-around/aborted landing procedure. Incident reports confirmed that forced landings were coupled with frequent overruns. Over the years airport operators and pilots have occasionally reported that knowing the location of the midpoint of runways would help them to minimize such accidents. There is a greater tendency for landing overruns at airports that primarily serve general aviation operations with runway lengths less than 4200 feet in length and being utilized by student pilots and those pilots that primarily fly on the weekends only. In order to identify potential markings that can assist in mitigating this risk, the research team will evaluate the design for and potential benefits of a marking placed at or near the midpoint of a general aviation runway that would inform pilots of the potential for an overrun/overshoot on a landing.


  • English


  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:





  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport
    Atlantic City, NJ  United States  08405
  • Project Managers:

    Cyrus, Holly

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M University, College Station

    Zachry Department of Civil Engineering
    3136 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3136

    Purdue University, Polytechnic

    401 N. Grant Street
    West Lafayette, IN  United States  47907
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hawkins, H

    Dillman, Brian

  • Start Date: 20150713
  • Expected Completion Date: 20160930
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160930
  • Source Data: PEGASAS Project 14

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01587293
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability
  • Contract Numbers: 12-C-GA-PU-027, 12-C-GA-TEES-005, 12-C-GA-PU-039, 12-C-GA-PU-TEES-011
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 12 2016 9:25AM