To prevent the potential for accidents and costly repairs to aircraft being moved in hangars, Talon Air at Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, N.Y, has installed a perimeter-warning system in two of its hangars. Using the Redscan laser-scan detectors from Optex, the system warns pilots when a plane comes within 8 feet of the hangar walls.
“The Optex Redscan laser-scan system is a cost-effective and powerful way to reduce the likelihood of damage to aircraft or facilities while allowing personnel to move freely throughout the hangar,” says Adam Katz, founder, president, and CEO of Talon Air.
The goal was to eliminate any risk of damage to aircraft during exit or entry and provide aircraft owners whose planes are managed by Talon with value-added safety measures, he says, noting the system should also reduce insurance premiums.
An important feature of the scanning system was to ensure that aircraft mechanics and hangar personnel have access to the perimeter area. The system detects only objects 8 feet off the ground. The scanning system uses four Redscan RLS-3060 laser scanners, which detect a moving object’s size, speed, and distance from the detector. The RLS-3060 creates a 200-foot wide detection area that functions like an invisible wall. Any object within the laser’s span will set off strobes and sounds.