SP-102 FATO - Helipad Lighting Unit
PORTABLE HELIPAD LIGHTS
SP-102 portable helipad lights are ICAO compliant airfield lights designed to operate in remote areas. LED optics generates correct light output in terms of intensity and chromaticity. SP-102 airfield light is powered by a standard deep-cycle battery which can be stored locally.
SP-102 helipad TLOF (Touchdown and Liftoff Area) light is green, omni-directional aviation light compliant with ICAO, Annex 14. It has NVG (Night Vision Goggles) mode which is often required by military customers.
- Temporary helipads
- Temporary heliports
- Touchdown and lift-off Area (TLOF)
- Temporary helipad landing zone
- Emergency helipad lighting
For 100% autonomy have your SP-102 unit equipped with independently installed 5W solar panel.
What distinguishes S4GA heliport lights from products of other helipad lighting suppliers is unique LED optics allowing to achieve the highest visibility range in its class – up to 10 km. It is critical for pilots when landing in adverse weather conditions like fog or heavy rain. Moreover, aluminium body and UV-resistant polycarbonate dome protect helipad light from deterioration.
- Supports Visual & NVG operations
- Adjustable intensity level
- Multiple operating modes
- Quick & Easy Deployment
- Non-corrosive aluminium body
- IP-65 waterproof rating
- User-replaceable battery
- Interchangeable optical head
HELIPAD TLOF PORTABLE LIGHTING
Helipads are often located in hard-to-reach places. Alaska, the Brazilian Amazon or a skyscraper in the middle of a large city – these are just a few examples of places a helipad can be situated at. If a helipad is meant for night operation, it needs to be properly illuminated. In the following article, we will deal with one type of such lighting. Here’s helipad portable TLOF lighting.
From a birds-eye-view, you will first notice two designated areas – FATO and TLOF. FATO refers to Final Approach and Take-off area. TLOF refers to Touchdown and Liftoff area. Both these areas can be in the shape of a circle, square or rectangle. The TLOF area is placed inside the FATO zone.
NIGHT OPERATION LIGHTS
Not each and every helipad is equipped with a full set of lights. But, if a helipad carries out night operation, it must be equipped with basic lights. They include FATO and TLOF lights, wind direction indicator lights, taxiway lights and landing direction indicator lights.
HELIPAD TLOF PORTABLE LIGHTS
Portable lighting is easy and quick to install, and it can be installed on various surfaces. When is helipad portable lighting used?
- To illuminate temporary helipads,
- To illuminate the TLOF area,
- To illuminate the landing zone,
- To illuminate emergency helipads.
TLOF PORTABLE LIGHTS OPTICS
Green lights are used for TLOF lighting. They give out an omnidirectional light. LED lights are used because they provide the right light chromaticity and intensity. They are also utterly durable – up to 50 000 hours of work!
TLOF PORTABLE LIGHTS’ WORKTIME
The worktime of portable lights depends on the light intensity they are working with. They will work for up to 36 hours with the minimum intensity. When it comes to the maximum intensity – 15 hours.
HELIPAD TLOF PORTABLE SOLAR LIGHTING – WORK MODES
Portable solar lights can give out a constant or flashing light. The flash frequency is 30, 60 or 120 flashes per minute. Moreover, one can set a preferred intensity – low, medium or high. The system also provides a from-dusk-to-dawn work mode. These are lights compatible with night vision goggles.
The aforementioned LED lightbulbs provide excellent visibility from a far distance – even up to 10 kilometers. It is particularly important when a helicopter is landing in low-visibility conditions (pouring rain, fog).
TLOF LIGHTS’ CASES
Helipad TLOF portable lights are exposed to various weather conditions – wind, rain, sun, extreme temperatures. That’s why they need to meet some requirements that will allow them to work constantly even in difficult conditions. All in all, it has a tremendous impact on the safety of flight operations. These are the characteristics that helipad TLOF portable lights should have:
- Water resistance,
- Corrosion resistance,
- UV resistance
- Extreme-temperatures resistance (even from -40°C to 80°C).
MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS AND STANDARDS
Just like any lights used at helipads, TLOF lighting needs to meet the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) regulations, Annex 14. The lighting used in the European Union must additionally be up to the following standards: EN 61000-4-2:2009, EN 61000-4-3:2007/A2:2011, PN-EN 61000-4-4:2013-05, EN 61000-4-5:2014-10 and EN 61000-4-6: 2014-04.