BATON ROUGE, La. – False River Regional Airport (HZR) recently received the 2012 Illuminating Engineering Society/Aviation Lighting Committee Award for Excellence for its solar-powered airfield lighting.
The award was presented to the owners of the airport — the False River Airpark Commission, the City of New Roads, and Pointe Coupee Parish — in addition to Yvonne Chenevert, False River Regional airport manager, and Allen Taylor, Louisiana Department of Transportation (DOTD) Airway Systems Manager. Taylor was the lighting system designer for the project, which was a partnership between the airport, DOTD and ADB Airfield Solutions.
Chenevert said, “We at the False River Regional Airport are honored to have been chosen for this award. I am so proud of this innovative airfield lighting system, which provides a safer, more reliable technology for our facility. I am grateful, as well, for our partnership with the state, which helped to make this possible.”
The False River Regional Airport is the first general aviation airport to utilize this type of technology in the field, she noted. The system consists of 160 LED taxiway edge lights that are installed flush with the ground. The LED lighting fixtures use Pulse-Width Modulation Technology (PWM) and are expected to last between 50 years or more, with a rated lifespan of approximately 100,000-200,000 hours. Each of the 160 traditional taxiway edge lighting system fixtures being replaced with LED were elevated and contained a quartz bulb using 45 watts with a rated lifespan of only 1,000 hours. The LED taxiway lighting system is powered by a solar panel, but it can also function with electrical power or diesel generator back-up, if necessary. The solar panels charge a battery bank, which can power the system up to 10 days with little or no sunlight. The system has been operating successfully on solar power since May 2010.
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