Airport windsocks

An airport windsock is specifically used on airfields, domestic and international airports. Holland Aviation offers a wide range of colors: Orange, Red/White, Orange/White, White, Black/White, or Yellow. Holland Aviation also manufactures complete windsock assemblies with various options. Unlighted for airfields operating under VFR conditions and internally/externally lighted for airports operating day and night. These assemblies comply with International standards and recommendations. The performance is much better than required.

What is an airport windsock?

The main purpose of an airport windsock, installed on airports, airfields, heliports, and helidecks, is to give the pilot an instant indication of the wind direction and strength. This helps to make a perfect landing. Windsocks are installed next to the signal area, but also close to both ends of the runway. Visible, both by pilots and ground crew. It also determines the take-off and landing direction, this must always be heading into the wind.  

Airport windsocks: why are they useful?

In theory, airports could also use highly visible flags for this purpose, however, airport windsocks are more durable and can better handle severe weather circumstances, such as strong wind gusts and heavy rain. Windsocks will also not get strangled around the pole, which makes it a reliable source for interpreting wind speeds and directions. Furthermore, an aviation windsock tells pilots the estimated speed of the wind. This can be read from its white and red bands. Usually, each band means 3 knots, so by counting the bands, pilots and other aviation crew can estimate the wind speed.

Large Airports are mandatory to have windsocks close to their runways. This is included in the safety regulations for airports worldwide by ICAO.  

All types of airport windsocks and assemblies

In our online shop, you can find both Windsock assemblies and replacement windsocks. There are several different sizes airport windsock assemblies available, like externally lighted, Internally lighted or even solar-powered windsock assemblies .  Several parts are available, swivel frames and slide-over adapters.  

Do you have any questions about the best product for your specific situation? Feel free to contact us or to request a quote!