Avlite’s solar helipad perimeter and flood lights ensure easy, fast, low-cost installation and maintenance.
RACQ CareFlight Rescue – based in Toowoomba, Queensland provides community-based emergency rescue and patient transfer services 24/7 in and around the Southern Queensland region and has been doing so for 30 years.
With around 80% of CareFlight’s 500 rescue missions departing their busy Toowoomba base annually, the need for enhanced safety measures for operations at night or in poor weather conditions was the obvious next step in the base’s site improvements.
“The installation of Avlite’s ICAO compliant touchdown lift-off (TLOF) perimeter lights and accompanying flood lights was very easy…and took only 3 hours [to complete] with just two maintenance personnel,” offered Mr. Jimmy Cardoo – CareFlight’s Maintenance Facilities Manager.
Avlite’s low-maintenance solar helipad lighting system
was quickly and easily installed onto the existing concrete helipad landing site (HLS) with minimal interruptions to its rescue operations as the light fixtures come straight out of the box, t-for-purpose with all the necessary components to ensure a no-fuss installation.
The light fixtures were simply bolted to the existing concrete helipad via the fixtures frangible mounting plates. If a light fixture requires replacement or maintenance at any time, it can be removed or replaced without effecting the operation of the other installed lights which is a big plus for an emergency rescue service like CareFlight who cannot at any time afford limited access to their HLS.
As a result of the enhancement to CareFlight’s HLS, pilots and crew feel more con dent when manoeuvring their machines over the neighbouring airstrip on approach to their landing site – especially at night. During a recent night mission, one of CareFlight’s duty pilots said before getting a visual of neighbouring air field lights he could see the new green helipad lights which were ‘quite impressive’ and important to rotary-wing pilots who often come in at oblique angles (unlike fixed-wing aircraft that line up with the runway, or into the circuit). He also confirmed that in addition to the improvement of safety, pilots and crew can now locate the helipad quickly despite it being located amongst a lit runway and surrounding residential area concluding that ‘the new lighting certainly is a great asset to the Toowoomba base’.
According to CareFlight’s Operations Manager, Mr. Steve Nelson, Avlite’s lighting is a huge leap forward from
an operations perspective as it [also] enhances the safety during foggy conditions early in the morning, in late afternoon and evening and improves operations significantly.
As the world’s only ICAO compliant solar-powered LED (TLOF) helipad light, Avlite’s helipad lighting fixture is wirelessly controlled and completely self-contained. Each light gives over 50 hours of continuous operation at ICAO’s TLOF (touchdown lift-off) light intensities. It comes ready to install, straight from the box and is supplied with a frangible mount assembly and base that can be bolted directly into concrete, or via one of Avlite’s heavy duty rubber mounting tiles for extra portability.
The lights come with an RF hand-held remote control
that allows operators to control the lights as required. Since flight operations at CareFlight’s base are not strictly ‘scheduled,’ meaning that the rescue helicopters come and go, lights are not required to remain active 24/7, so the remote controller enables the operator (pilot or ground crew) to switch lights on and program them to turn off or ‘time-out’ at a preset interval as needed.
“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.”