[Tagging] aeroway=runway - wiki fiddling

Austin Zhu austinzhu666 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 9 09:47:36 UTC 2018

Well, maybe there is someone who thinks mapping runway as area is wrong? I
think that both way and area are OK, because the way element matches the
way we map taxiways. So it is useful when others need to guide their plane
using osm data(maybe in flight simulator softwares). Mapping as area can
show the width of the runway and thus is more realistic. The best method
should be using both elements. Just like highway objects. Obviously, the
wikipage needs some edit or restoration.

Another thing I want to say is that should the overrun section be a part of
the runway? I saw some users deleted or split the overrun section from a
runway object. The runway article on Wikipedia includes that overrun in
"Sections of a runway" part. So I'm thinking if I can address it clearly on
the wikipage. Tell me what you think about it! (Kind of diverted from the

Austin Zhu

On Fri, Mar 9, 2018, 17:13 Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>

> I have noticed that there is a lot of change happening on the runway
> wikipage.
> Up to some months ago, the longstanding definition for a runway was:
> "A strip of land kept clear and set aside for airplanes to take off from
> and land on."
> This was changed to "Runway of an airfield"
> Another main aspect concerns the mapping as linear feature and or as area.
> There used to be a paragraph stating:
> Mapping aeroway <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:aeroway>=runway
> as areas is disputed. You can join the discussion here
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Aeroways#aeroway.3Dtaxiway> and
> here
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Tag:aeroway%3Drunway#Runways_as_areas>
> .
> Sometimes *in addition* the outline of the runway is mapped as [image:
> Area] <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Area> area with aeroway
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:aeroway>=runway + area
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:area>=yes
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:area%3Dyes>.
> This is also reflected in the data, where area=yes is still a used
> combination with this tag, but the whole paragraph was removed some time
> ago and today also the "area"-object was removed from the "mapped as"
> property.
> Cheers,
> Martin
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