Surface Movement Guidance and Control System Advisory AC No: 120-57A

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Airport Lingo : Ramp vs Apron vs Tarmac

When you sit in the airport staring out the windows at all the planes parked at their gates what area of the airport are you looking at? The Ramp? The Apron? The Tarmac?   The answer is … not the tarmac. Tarmac, while commonly used as a term to describe where airplanes are parked, is…

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