The 7.1 square mile island of Fernando De Noronha lies 220 miles off Brazil’s eastern coast. It is the only inhabited island of a volcanic archipelago (of 21 islands and islets), which is an established maritime park. The island is a UNESCO (United Nationals Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) designated World Heritage Site due it its ecological importance and fragile land and sea environment.
Serving as the Eastern most airport of Brazil, the Governor Carlos Wilson Airport had existing airfield lighting that was unreliable, causing safety concerns for tourists and the community. The legacy airfield lighting functionality was compromised due to age and condition, resulting in delays or the complete inability for critical aircraft operations. Of key concern for island residents and tourists alike was the failure to ensure life threatening emergency air evacuations were available when needed. Severe weather often caused power outages rendering the airfield lighting inoperable, creating access problems for the Brazilian Air Force.
Avlite’s solar airfield lighting system provided a unified solution for the remote location, which included Avlite’s AV-426 Runway Lights, AV-70 Taxiway Lights, and Pilot Activated Lighting Control system (PALC), all with wireless RF radio control.
Both the AV-426 LED Runway Lights and the LED AV-70 Taxiway Lights are self-contained and solar in design, eliminating the need for mains power and simplifying installation by removing the need for trenching and cabling. Designed to offer high autonomy, ease of installation and years of maintenance-free service, the airfield lighting system remains fully operational should there be any loss of power at the airport.
A PALC (pilot activated lighting control) was specified as part of the lighting system for the Governor Carlos Wilson Airport. The PALC allows approaching aircraft to activate the airfields’ lighting system via a standard on-board aircraft radio.Overnight staffing and night time illumination requirements have been eliminated therefore resulting in cost savings for the airport.
The installation of Avlite’s solar airfield lighting system for the Governor Carlos Wilson Airport, is the first solar civil aviation lighting project in Brazil. As a result, the Airport eliminated its dependence on electrical utilities, whilst increasing both operating and financial efficiencies. The new solar airfield lighting system gives the Brazilian Air Force the ability to reliably perform night operations. Most importantly, the airport can now support vital emergency medical flights for residents and visitors, both day and night.
“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.”