Mexico’s flagship commercial airport, the International Airport of Mexico City, had inefficient, unreliable obstruction lighting on area light poles in and around the perimeter of the airport. In keeping with their vision of “tackling challenges…with efficiency,” the airport had to replace the outdated lighting to insure the safety of the 100,000 daily airport users and aircraft.
The new obstruction lighting had to be installed alongside the pre-existing lights so safety would be seamlessly maintained for all aircraft and their passengers. The new lights also had to be easy to install for the airports’ electricians as the available timeframe for replacement was extremely limited.
Several commercial lighting manufacturers were evaluated for cost, performance, ease of installation and reliability. Avlite’s single and dual FAA L-810 Obstruction Lights were chosen due to their outstanding track record of performance.
Two hundred DGAC certified FAA L-810 low intensity lights were installed in both single and double light head configurations. The energy efficient LED lights have an integrated photocell allowing for a quicker and easier installation than alternative manufacturers. Minimal power consumption yields a highly efficient lighting solution for Mexico City’s International Airport, which serves 10+ cargo carriers, and transports 41 million passengers on 30 domestic and international airlines annually.
The rugged, UV stabilized polycarbonate lenses of the FAA L-810 lights maximize the clarity, intensity and uniformity of the highly efficient LED fixtures. The lights compact design and small form factor provide minimal wind resistance. The design is ideal for airport locations with the potential for severe weather such as AICM (Groupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México). Other ideal applications include wind turbines, telecommunications towers, buildings and other tall structures.
Additionally, the lights’ internal diagnostics feature an alarm which is automatically energized should a power or LED fault occur, alerting maintenance crews to the need for immediate attention.
“We selected these lights for more reliable operation and easier maintenance. Their low energy consumption makes them extremely efficient. Avlite’s L-810 Obstruction Lighting is a solid value for money product.”
Mantenimiento del Aeropuerto
Internavional Benito Juárez
“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.”