Tilton, New Hampshire, USA – 2 June 2021 — Avlite Systems has received contracts from the United States Air Force totaling $23.5m for upgraded LED Expeditionary Airfield Lighting Systems with CAT I capabilities.
Secured via a Government Services Administration (GSA) Blanket Purchase Agreement awarded in June 2020, the High Mobility Airfield Lighting Systems (HMALS) systems for the USAF I-EALS program will provide USAF units with airfield lighting systems that can be rapidly deployed to safely land aircraft in support of defense and humanitarian missions, around the world.
“I’m pleased to welcome this $23.5 million contract to Avlite, headquartered in Tilton, to advance the capabilities and readiness of the U.S. Air Force. This funding will update airfield lighting systems to ensure aircraft can land quickly and safely for their missions in support of defense and humanitarian causes around the world,” said Senator Shaheen. “I’m proud of New Hampshire’s leading role in supporting our Armed Forces, and I’ll continue to advocate for facilities that create cutting-edge technology and equipment to support our military.”
“Avlite is proud to deliver this unique capability to the Airmen of the United States Air Force. The HMALS systems represent a safer and more flexible upgrade to the long-serving, successful legacy EALS systems,” said Tara Stewart, President of Sealite USA LLC, Avlite’s parent company. “After a successful Operational Utility Evaluation (OUE), this award is an exciting step to fully upgrade this critical system capability across the service.”
Each system contains portable solar LED airfield lighting for a 10,000ft runway, including CAT I approaches and ground lighting. The system trailers are designed for flexible maneuvering and rapid deployment. Storage with integral charging of all lighting equipment is available.
Individual components of the HMALS includes Avlite’s Series 3 Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPI), edge and threshold lights, medium intensity runway lights (MIRL), taxiway lights and CAT I medium intensity approach lighting system (MALSR).
Also, short simplified expeditionary approach lighting system (with GPS synchronized flashing, tactical runway signs, battery boxes, and power line communication control for five intensity steps in both visible and IR modes.
Avlite has a rigorous track record of lighting expeditionary airfields for the U.S. Department of Defense. Also, with other government and humanitarian aid agencies worldwide.
Avlite’s first Portable Airfield Lighting System (PALS) was deployed in the early 2000s throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
The PALS systems were designed for rapid deployment and easy transport by helicopter or C-130 aircraft.
Avlite manufactures world-class, LED aviation lighting systems from the Sealite USA facility in Tilton, New Hampshire. Avlite has a proven reputation for rapid, innovative, and agile technology solutions. Designed for the defense, commercial and civil aviation markets.
With a history of producing the most reliable solar LED aviation lighting systems in the world, Avlite holds a program of record approval for US Army and US DOD combat solar airfield lighting systems. Sealite USA LLC, has a manufacturing and sales office in Tilton, New Hampshire USA.
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
The lights are installed and are operating beautifully.
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.