Maintaining an Efficient Airport Lighting System

Maintaining an Efficient Airport Lighting System

Lighting aids are necessary for an airport to be operational, as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Airport lighting systems provide aircraft pilots with the visuals needed during flight operations, particularly at night, allowing them to pinpoint...
Ways to Avoid Light Pollution in Airports

Ways to Avoid Light Pollution in Airports

Artificial lights have become an essential part of our daily lives. Most households and establishments are equipped with light sources, providing visibility in low light conditions. Too much use of artificial lighting, though, can result in what is termed light...
What Is a Vertiport: Everything You Need to Know

What Is a Vertiport: Everything You Need to Know

Several aerospace companies are gearing up toward Urban Air Mobility (UAM), also known as Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). UAM/AAM is a revolutionary air transportation system that transports passengers and freight from one location to another using an electric vertical...
Manhattan’s Famous Movie Heliport

Manhattan’s Famous Movie Heliport

The Downtown Manhattan Heliport (DMH) is a well-known landing and take-off point for helicopters in New York. The DMH, which provides tourist sightseeing services, is the place to go if you want to see a beautiful aerial perspective of the entire city. Due to its...
All About the Aviation Obstruction Light

All About the Aviation Obstruction Light

Since air traffic has increased tremendously due to the advent of the jet setter lifestyle, the use of aviation obstruction lights (AOL) has transitioned from a mere recommendation to an important necessity. Aviation obstruction lights, also known as aircraft warning...

FAA Specifications for Rotating Airport Beacons

Airport rotating beacons indicate the location of an airport by projecting beams of light spaced 180 degrees apart. Rotating beacons are required for any airport with runway edge lights. They create a “flash” similar to lighthouses, however, with Airports...

United States Airport Wind Cone Specifications

The Wind Cone specifications for airports based in the United States are set by the FAA in Aviation Circular 150/5345-27E – Specification for Wind Cone Assemblies. There are a variety of requirements and you should review the PDF linked here for complete...
How to Install a Wind Sock

How to Install a Wind Sock

Looking at aviation products and terminology from around the world, you may be wondering: what is the difference between a wind cone and a wind sock? You could argue there are slight differences, one of which is that wind cones usually have firmer baskets rather than...
Traffic Patterns and the Segmented Circle

Traffic Patterns and the Segmented Circle

Some airfields consist of unusual markings in the form of circles made up of square segments with L-shaped lines coasting along their edges, reminiscent of crop circles viewed from above. These markings actually aren’t as strange as they seem, but for many...
The Basics of Airport Beacon Lights

The Basics of Airport Beacon Lights

When it comes to airfield lighting products, the rotating beacon light is a simple, yet effective solution to nighttime travel. An airport beacon light is also referred to as an aeronautical beacon or aerodrome beacon. A beacon is a type of visual navigation aid, or...
The History of the Wind Sock

The History of the Wind Sock

Wind socks, most commonly spelled as one word, and sometimes referred to as wind vanes, are flexible cones covered in fabric, used to show the speed and direction of wind. Wind socks are mostly used in airports or airfields, but can also be found on the sides of...
Unique Helipads

Unique Helipads

The convenient and luxurious appeal of flying via helicopter has lead to an array of heliports and helipads around the world. From super yachts to mega mansions, rugged mountains where the air is thin, and waterless basins filled with smooth river rocks, these places...
Airport Taxiway Light Colors

Airport Taxiway Light Colors

Airports consists of a variety of lights, all flashing and illuminating in different colors. When it comes to the question of what color airport taxiway lights are, the viewer needs to take one important aspect into account: taxiways aren’t the same as runways. A...
Examples of Airport lighting

Examples of Airport lighting

Have you ever driven at night in area with few to no lights? Imagine an airplane pilot having to do the same while on a busy runway. This very thought seems absurd and goes to show how airport lighting is integral for safe airport operations, especially in the dark....
Learn About the Airport Lighted X

Learn About the Airport Lighted X

Even the most perceptive frequent flyer may not understand what they’re looking at when looking out a plane window and at a bustling runway where the curious ongoings on baggage handlers and maintenance technicians take place. These flyers may witness an onslaught of...
Amazing Airplane Facts

Amazing Airplane Facts

Airplanes are amazing inventions. Prior to airplanes, travelers had to rely on horses, buggies, trains, and ships, which took days, weeks, or even months for commuters to arrive at their destinations, whereas the longest nonstop flight is a little over 18 hours. This...
Flying in Inclement Weather

Flying in Inclement Weather

Inclement, or physically severe stormy weather, can be a challenge for pilots, and frightening experience for anxious passengers. However, pilots are trained to take safety precautions in case of bad weather, and planes are designed to endure fierce winds, rain, ice,...