July 30, 2003
Volume 5, Issue 1
FAA recently looked at LED equipment to identify construction areas and as a means of alerting pilots and other operators on the airport about the location of potential hazards. Several airports have decided that the conspicuity and lighting-life features of solar-powered LEDs are technology's newest contribution to the need for equipment that is economical and effective.
Electric bills for lighting obstructions and hazards can prove expensive. Battery-powered lights either fail or do not provide light bright enough to identify hazards adequately. LEDs are bright, install quickly, have low or no maintenance, and are completely self-contained.
The lighting of construction hazards is especially important in adverse weather conditions, and LEDs are all-weather operative. O'Hare and Seattle airports are currently at using LEDs to identify construction activity. The photo below was taken at O'Hare International Airport.
The rolling gate in this photo is but one example of the uses of LEDs to define barriers for pilots and other airport users.
For more information, you can download a copy of the July issue of The FAA Airport Safety Newsletter. You can also contact contact Allister Wilmott, the Business Development Manager for Carmanah's Aviation Division.