ADB SAFEGATE’s Adam Levy challenged the airport industry to see low current airfield lighting systems as key to unlocking operational value and performance, not just a power-saving technology at the recent Airfield Pavements and Lighting Forum in Sydney, Australia. ADB SAFEGATE’s Australian office was pleased to contribute to this event at one of the Australian Airport Association’s (AAA) annual forums.
Airfield lighting (also known as airfield ground lighting) has come a long way since its beginnings in the 1940s during the rigors of war-time. Considering the increasing demands on the aviation industry today, what would pilots, airports and passengers have done had they been limited to flying only during daylight? Air traffic demand is rising and will double within 15 years, just as it has done since the 1970s. Airfield lighting has played a significant part in enabling the growth of the aviation industry that has revolutionized how we travel, work and enjoy our leisure time.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport recently completed an airfield electrical rehabilitation. These works included replacement of in-ground infrastructure, cable and airfield lighting, as well as improvements and reconfiguration of the airfield light control and monitoring system (ALCMS). Continue reading
As result of an airport expansion project, Kuwait International Airport (KWI), plans to boost the airport’s facility’s capacity from current seven million passengers to 13 million in 2016 and in 2025 the capacity is predicted to 25 million passengers. Continue reading
Estonian Air Navigation Services (EANS) have chosen to continue their close cooperation with ADB SAFEGATE. The upcoming project will expand on their tower solutions with the installment of the DMAN Departure Management Solution, part of the SafeControl ATM Suite.
SULTANATE OF OMAN. Safegate Group was successfully awarded prestigious international airport projects in Oman; Salalah International Airport and the largest airport in the Sultanate, Muscat International Airport. The $1.8 billion development project is the largest project ever to be undertaken in Oman’s history and was initiated by the government to improve the Sultanate’s airport capacity to meet expected tourism expansion.
In recent years, Niagara District Airport (YCM) had experienced annual operational deficits of $100,000 to $150,000. While the shortfalls were covered by municipal grants to the tune of $250,000 a year, the commission’s goal was to make the airport self-supporting so the grants would no longer be needed or could be used to fund capital improvements. The commission concluded that the airport would need to make extensive infrastructure improvements to attract business and increase traffic.
With their recent CASA approval for RPT operations, Brisbane West Wellcamp has become the first green-field airport in Australia using all LED light fixtures on their runway and taxiways. Partnering with Safegate for the supply and install of these LED lights, the airport can look forward to reduced power consumption and maintenance costs compared to a halogen installation. ADB SAFEGATE´s , Steve Rutland, noted that ADB SAFEGATE had specially developed the medium intensity runway light for the Australian market.
Many of today’s airports were constructed and put into operation during the 1960s and 1970s, in a period when jet aircraft were only just being introduced and air travel was booming. The usual way to increase capacity is to look into the construction of additional infrastructure. However, quite often the existing infrastructure is used in an inefficient way and contains hidden and unused capacity. Airports can increase capacity and reduce aircraft fuel burn through the efficient use of airfield ground lighting and advanced visual docking guidance systems.