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Airfield lighting - Articles and news items

Airfield Lighting at Queenstown Airport in New Zealand

Issue 3 2016  •  24 May 2016  •  Airways New Zealand

Queenstown Airport is the gateway to one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations and is experiencing unprecedented growth. Its alpine terrain and fluctuating weather also make the aviation environment challenging for air transport operations. Airways New Zealand reveals how a major lighting and infrastructure upgrade is making evening flights in and out of the airport possible for the first time, unlocking extensive economic benefits for the region...

Light after dark: Queenstown Airport unveils new runway lights

Airport news  •  6 May 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review

New Zealand Minister of Transport Simon Bridges has unveiled new runway lights at Queenstown Airport in preparation for after-dark flights.

Airfield lighting: A regulatory approach

Issue 1 2016  •  26 January 2016  •  Gernot Kessler, Deputy Head of the ATM/ANS and Aerodrome Department at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)

Today’s regulatory environment for systems such as airfield lighting is incomplete and varies widely across European Member States. In result, disadvantages emerge both for the manufacturing industry, as well as for the airfield operators. These lead in particular to market restrictions, additional burden and also clarity and liability issues. A carefully measured, wellbalanced future approach, in harmonising requirements at European level, could offer major profits to industry and facilitate the airfield lighting system market within, and also beyond, Europe. Gernot Kessler, Deputy Head of the ATM/ANS and Aerodrome Department at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), explains further...

LED technology: Adelaide Airport’s journey

Issue 6 2015  •  27 November 2015  •  Stephanie Bolt and Jimmy Low, Adelaide Airport

LED technology has fast become a proven and reliable replacement for interior, landside and airfield lighting. As Adelaide Airport’s Stephanie Bolt, Environment Manager, and Jimmy Low, Projects and Engineering Manager explain, LED technology has become a preferred option at Adelaide Airport for select lighting upgrades, not only as a way of achieving carbon reduction targets, but to enhance aviation safety and operational efficiency outcomes...

Airfield Lighting supplement 2015

Issue 3 2015, Supplements  •  2 June 2015  •  Dzintra Jātniece, Khrishan Tangri

In this Airfield Lighting supplement, Dzintra Jātniece from Riga International Airport describes their successful upgrade to CAT II standard, and Khrishan Tangri from Brisbane Airport Corporation explains how they have developed an award winning maintenance cycle...

Airfield Lighting supplement 2014

Issue 6 2014, Supplements  •  8 December 2014  •  Joshua Polston, Peter Leeming

In this Airfield Lighting supplement Peter Leeming outlines the mammoth Heathrow Airport runway lighting project, and Joshua Polston provides an overview of Oakland Airport's runway safety area upgrade programme...

Airfield Lighting: The long-term performance of LEDs

Issue 2 2014  •  16 April 2014  •  Jean Paul Freyssinier, Senior Research Scientist & Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lighting Research Center, Renesselaer Polytechnic Institute

Jean Paul Freyssinier provides a detailed summary of the Lighting Research Center – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s work on understanding the useful life of airfield LED luminaires...

Interview: Sonja Strand discusses the latest in LED lighting technology

Issue 6 2013  •  19 December 2013  •  Sonja Strand, Director of Airport Lighting, Hella

With a heritage spanning 114 years, Hella is a pioneering lighting and electronic equipment provider. Sonja Strand, Director of Airport Lighting at Hella, discusses the latest in LED lighting technology...

ADB helps Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport enhance airfield safety

Airport news  •  3 October 2013  •  ADB Airfield Solutions

ADB is responsible for the complete airfield lighting project...

Airfield Lighting: Lighting up the Highlands

Issue 3 2013  •  11 June 2013  •  Mark Stuart, Director of Operations at HIAL

Island airports are notorious for hazardous terrain. Mark Stuart, Director of Operations at HIAL, provides an insight into the unique problem of aeronautical ground lighting in the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

LED lighting at Glasgow and Gatwick

Issue 6 2012  •  7 December 2012  •  Peter Chalmers, Lead Engineer at Glasgow Airport and Ian Stuart, Lead Engineer at Gatwick Airport

Writing for this magazine (‘Light-Emitting Diode airfield lighting systems’, International Airport Review, Issue 5, 2012), John D. Bullough, Senior Scientist at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute commented that Light Emitting Diode (LED) airfield lighting was increasingly being used due to the “potential for this technology to produce substantial savings in terms of maintenance and cost.”In the United Kingdom, both north and south of the Scottish border, LED airfield lighting is becoming more and more commonplace amongst the nation’s airports, which are keen to take advantage of these benefits. Ian Sharp, Lead Engineer at Gatwick Airport, in South East England mirrors Bullough’s view that the technology is highly efficient and superior to the airports’ previous lighting programme of tungsten/halogen fittings: “One of the advant - ages of LED lighting is it lasts longer, with an excess of 50,000 hours or over seven years, whereby tungsten-halogen lamps typically last 2,000 to 5,000,” Sharp says.

Airfield Lighting: An interview with Christian Onselaere of ADB Airfield Solutions

Airport news  •  30 October 2012  •  Mark Glover, Editor

We question Christian on ADB’s development and how he sees the future of airfield lighting...

Light-Emitting Diode airfield lighting systems

Issue 5 2012  •  2 October 2012  •  John D. Bullough, Senior Scientist, Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Light-Emitting Diode (LED) airfield lighting is increasingly used at airports in the United States and abroad, largely because of the potential for this technology to produce substantial savings in terms of maintenance and energy costs1. Information about LED lighting systems in terms of performance, cost, and other operations issues is not readily found in a single location. In an effort to gather information about airport experiences and feedback with LED airfield lighting, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies, through its Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), appointed a panel of experts from airports, industry, government and academia to oversee a synthesis study, which has been recently published as ACRP Synthesis 35: Issues With Use of LED Airfield Light Fixtures. The objective of this synthesis study is to provide documentation about the performance of LED airfield lighting systems, and it is primarily intended for airfield operations managers and airport electrical maintenance staff.The detective work: The primary source of information for the synthesis was a survey of 22 airports and aviation agencies throughout the U.S. – including commercial, general aviation and military airports – conducted during the summer and fall of 2011. Airport managers and other individuals were asked about their experience with LED airfield lighting, and specific issues about installation, operation, maintenance, economics and their future outlook on this new technology.

ADB deploys turnkey airfield ground lighting solution for Shenzhen Baoan International Airport

Airport news  •  28 September 2012  •  ADB Airfield Solutions

New equipment helps improve airport’s operational efficiency...

Lighting the way at Manchester Airport

Airport news  •  22 August 2012  •  Active Profile Ltd

MHA Lighting has helped Manchester Airport cut its lighting energy consumption by 63 per cent through a third major lighting installation...


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