Avlite AV70 Taxiway Edge Blue and Barricade Red solar aviation lights
Australia’s commercial airports are integral to connecting the general public and commercial sectors with the global communities and markets. Without access to flights the general public would not have a viable solution to allow them to travel to see friends or loved ones world-wide, as well as experience different countries and cultures for personal growth. The airports are also crucial in facilitating the transport of commercial products both interstate and internationally, to strengthen the economy both nationally and globally.
Not only are Australia’s commercial airports a valuable mode of transport for the general public and commercial sectors, the airports also create a wide range of job opportunities, such as airport operations, air traffic control, freight handling, air safety and passenger handling.
When civil construction is being undertaken in the taxiway or apron areas of commercial airports around the world, powered lighting have to be decommissioned during stages of the construction process, resulting in the need for temporary lighting. In conjunction with this, lighting is also required when infrastructure at these airports become old and no longer operational or when lights are required to close off portions of an airfield where civil works are in progress or no longer in use.
Temporary lighting solutions are necessary when powered lighting is no longer available. The temporary lighting can be installed short-term or long-term depending on the need. In both taxiway and barricade lighting applications these light fixtures help to maintain maximum airside operations and aircraft movements across taxiways and aprons and are a crucial aid to the airports that have relied upon them.
Solar powered LED lighting was determined to be the most economical and functional solution to this problem, as it is a self-reliant source of temporary lighting. Avlite AV70 Taxiway Edge Blue and Barricade Red solar LED aviation lights were chosen for the task, as these are completely self-contained LED lights with a high performance of reliable operation in a range of environmental conditions and low maintenance.
Both lights have been successfully installed for temporary lighting in aviation for many years, with Avlite being a trusted and reliable brand in solar LED lighting for civil and industrial applications. The installation process for this type of lighting is also a simple and easy process, making it a popular choice.
Over the past three years alone, more than 1000 units of Avlite AV70 Taxiway Edge Blue and Barricade Red solar aviation lights have been installed in Australia’s major commercial airports to replace battery powered lighting for civil construction and maintenance projects. Installation of these lights is an ongoing project as they offer enormous benefits to the owner/operator over non-solar products.
Feedback for the solar aviation lights has been positive so far, with the lights performing optimally night after night. The labour costs and maintenance have also been reduced, making it a successful solution to the lighting issue.
Avlite also offer RF radio control function for the AV70 series, allowing lights to be controlled remotely via air-traffic control in conjunction with the powered airfield lighting system.
“It is a great benefit to our community to have this [Avlite’s helipad lighting system] installed and commissioned at CareFlight’s Toowoomba base. Avlite’s particular type of lighting lends itself to a lot of applications given that it’s easy to install, doesn’t require electricity as its solar powered and can be remotely controlled. It’s a fabulous technology, obviously a world leading technology and from my point of view, it’s great to see an Australian Manufacturing success story.“
-Cr Mike Williams
“For an aerodrome operator to provide equivalent night-use runway standards for the RFDS and other fixed-base users at around one-third of the cost of a traditional mains-powered runway and taxiway lighting system, there has to be greater recognised merit for this (solar-powered) alternative especially in a location like ours where it is sunny most days of the year.”
“Our industry appreciates the on-going support of this Australian owned and operated company whose solar powered airfield and helipad lighting systems assist in the improvement of safety for both fixed and rotary wing aeromedical flight crews and passengers around the country.”
“As the busiest Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) based in the State [of Queensland], the benefits [of Avlite’s helipad lighting] are many. Not only does it [the system] enhance the safety of our operations, it also helps us to continue to improve our level of service delivery to the community and to our customers.“
-Ashley van de Velde
“These lights [AV-70s] have been a great asset to many outback communities that previously we were not able to access 24/7.”
“Just to let you know the new airport floodlight has now been installed for several weeks and the medical staff and Power and Water staff [who look after the airport] agree it has made things much easier and safer for night-time medivacs. Your assistance with enabling us to have this basic but important infrastructure is much appreciated.”
“Since starting our distributorship with Avlite, we have gone from strength to strength with the great range of solar products and of course the fantastic support of the Avlite staff. It’s been a good year for us. May it continue.”
“Re: Avlite AV70 taxiway lights, are working really well. Thank you for your assistance in getting our ramp up and running.”
-Capt. US Air Force
“[In reference to more than 2,000 AV70 taxiway lights installed] Those Taxiway lights work great, we are not having any problems with those AV70’s. Thanks a lot.”
“The lights are installed and are operating beautifully.”
“[In reference to Avlite radio controlled obstruction lighting] They are really neat to watch come on, they come on instantly and are a great addition to our pilot training school. The lights are currently set on medium intensity as high intensity is very bright.”
“We did install all of the lights. We even used a few red lights as obstruction markers on top of 68 meter power line towers. I finally found a high quality camera and took some photos. I will send them to you as soon as I can download them. We submitted some additional light orders to our contracting office, so you can expect to receive a bit solicitation from them soon. The lights are working great and we appreciate the support.”
“[In reference to a visit to the Avlite production facilities] On arrival at Avlite I was greeted by sales manager Sharon Bedson, and was treated like a VIP. I was given a tour of the production line and had a close look, and an in-depth explanation of all the components of the Avlite system. The staff were fantastic and very helpful. It was truly fascinating and I now have a good story to tell Wanarn community members on my return. I was also shown the vast range of solar system lights and other products that they make.
I have recommended Avlite solar lighting systems to many local communities and Avlite will be my first stop shop if the community needs anything regarding solar power in the future. Well done, and thank you Avlite.”