Airport Business

FEB-MAR 2018

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AIRFIELD LIGHTING February/March 2018 airportbusiness 21 prudent to spend thousands of dollars to make them operational for 10 to 15 days. "Before this was happening, we spent quite a bit of money on repairing the lights," she said. "The project would also replace all the direct-bury cir- cuit with a new power circuit in conduit. And we also replaced the wind cone with an LED fixture." Stanley said the project came in ahead of schedule despite weather and other challenges. Workers on the project stuck a large gas line during one phase of construction and on another day, a pilot came in with no engine while trucks were parked on the runway as it was closed at the time. No one was hurt in the incident. Stanley said the biggest challange was keep- ing the runway open as long as possible during construction. The airport kept 3,000 feet of run- way operational during each phase of the project. When the middle section of the runway was under construction, workers did partial closures of the runway using chevrons and temporary thresholds. "The two phases where this concept was used allowed the contractor a safe and efficient work area inside those safety areas," Stanley said. "While at the same time, we were able to main- tain a usable runway length of at least 3,000 feet. Using this method, the runway was only complete- ly closed 10 days of the 45 working day project." Tupelo Regional Airport (TUP) in Tupelo, Mississippi has undertaken airfield lighting after the old units with maintenance issues made it more cost effective to replace the units. Cliff Nash, executive director, for TUP, said replacing the lights played into a proposal to move to upgrade airfield and taxiway lighting. "The bulk of our lights are direct buried on stakes," he said. "One of the things we're trying to do is get everything into conduit and cans to help with servicing and maintaining the lights later." Nash said one taxiway at TUP and the south- east corner of the commercial apron have LED lighting. They were placed on the apron as a test. The Peru Municipal Airport in Peru, Indiana, is in a multiphase project to upgrade its airfield electrical system, which includes the installation of LED lighting. Mark McIver, president of the Peru Board of Aviation, said upgrades began in 2013 with the replacement of the electrical vault. I N D E CT L E A D S T H E I N D U S T RY I N PA R K I N G G U I D A N C E S O LU T I O N S F O R A I R P O RTS. w w w . i n d e c t u s a . c o m Preventative maintenance procedures can change for airports when installing LED lighting systems. ADB Safegate

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