Treeny From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 319 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3451 times:
Good Morning to you all from a rather grey and rainy Buenos Aires!!
I was driving past our regional airport this morning (Aeroparque) and abviously with the weather as it was the taxi and runway lights were all on.
I was wondering who or what actually controls these lights being on or off. If it is human interaction that switches them on or off what are the `rules`governing this - i.e what tells them to switch them on or off?
Where would the controls for this be? In the ATC Office? On the ground?
Assuming that they are automatic, I would imagine they are controlled by light sensors? Is this the case?
Also can a pilot request landing lights to be switched on if they are not already?
Please note that I am talking about airports in general not only Aeroparque in Buenos Aires.
As always thanks for your help and info.
P:S Happy St Paddies day to all you Irish out there!!
Bahadir From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1885 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3438 times:
in towered airports they have light switches in tower cab for these. Some uncontrolled airports have full time lights that they stay in the same intensity all night long. In other uncontrolled airports, you turn the lights on and adjust the intensity by clicking on some frequency, which most of the time is the unicom freq.
Hiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2186 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3400 times:
And Happy St Paddy's day back to you. In the spirit of the day the light are really controlled by the Keebler Elves when they are not busy making cookies...grin!
The above posters are correct in regards to the tower cab being able to both control on/off but to also be able to turn them up or down as needed. I have repeatedly heard requests to turn 'em down with the 0500 arrivals dragged in from EZE to MIA as they were too bright to crews operating all night. Then again, in haze and fog I have heard requests to turn 'em up. I can tell you that when the lights are on full bright you think you can read a book out there...!!
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3335 times:
Ours are controlled via computer panels produced and installed by Siemens. We have control panels in the control tower, in our airfield electrical vault, and in our airfield maintenance main office.
Not only do the computers control the lights from these panels, but they will also alarm when lights go out, or when power to the vault/lights switches to another source (ie commmercial power/generator power), also when power is completely cut off.
They also keep records of light usage, outtages, etc.
Tom at MSY
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
EastCoast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3163 times:
The tower has fully control over the lighting of the runway. While visiting JFK tower on a midnight shift we through on the lights on 31L one night and seen Jamaica Bay just light up, as well as the approach lights over the Belt Parkway............. it's pretty neat!
IAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3062 times:
The runway and taxiway lights are required also to be on when the assoicated approach lights are on, which at times may be when to the casual observer a time that the weather is fairly good but the weather isn't good enough for the approach lights to be off. Also, the intensity of the runway/taxiway and approach lights driven by weather requirements and also if the airport operates with a SMGCS plan.
Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2988 times:
Quoting Bahadir (Reply 2): in towered airports they have light switches in tower cab for these. Some uncontrolled airports have full time lights that they stay in the same intensity all night long. In other uncontrolled airports, you turn the lights on and adjust the intensity by clicking on some frequency, which most of the time is the unicom freq.
I know of at least one towered field which has pilot-controlled lighting at night. TIW (Tacoma narrows airport, WA) lighting goes to pilot-controlled once the controllers go home at 2000 local...and you click to activate on the tower frequency
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