Preparing for the Pope: (Video) Brazilian Air Force utilizes solar-powered helipads

Monday, July 29, 2013

The new mobile lighting system used by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) to signal helipads and airstrips in remote regions will be used to provide more security in the approaches of the helicopters used in the visit of Pope Francisco. The system was tested on Saturday (20/07) in Rio de Janeiro in a soccer field near the Guanabara Palace. The equipment must also be installed in RioCentro and the city of Aparecida (SP).(See the article). Practicality - To turn the football field into a helipad marked out were less than 20 minutes.The 24 lamps were arranged in a circle. Each weighs about 10 pounds, can run for 350 hours and can be activated by remote control or by the pilot. The battery is recharged with solar energy. The system helps pilots in landing and takeoff night. New technology provides various facilities. "It is simpler, lighter. Does not depend on the generator, or cables, "says the Chief of the Division of Signaling Engineering Directorate of the Air Force - DIRENG, Lieutenant Colonel R1 Nelson Rodrigues Perez. He said with the new system it is possible to mark out lanes to three thousand meters in remote regions such as the Amazon. During Operation Agatha 7, held in June this year, the new technology was used to mark the trail of São Gabriel da Cachoeira, 850 kilometers from Manaus (AM). Infrared - The device also offers the option of infrared. In this case, only the pilots using night vision goggles (NVG) can see the signs.