Along with illuminating the runway surface for takeoffs and landings, landing lights are important tools for achieving maximum conspicuity–making yourself easily visible to nearby traffic–especially in terminal and high-density traffic areas. Twin Commander Aircraft is offering a kit to upgrade the twin turboprop’s existing landing lights to new high-intensity discharge (HID) lights.
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First-time NBAA exhibitor Specialty Bulb Co. (Booth No. C12639) is small compared to most of its neighbors on the convention center floor, but its size belies its significance. While the Bohemia, N.Y. company, located across the street from MacArthur Airport on Long Island, has only 12 employees and just sells one product, lighting, it does this for everything from Cessna 152s to Airbus A320s and Boeing 747s, to a diverse range of customers from weekend pilots to major airlines.
Luma Technologies (Booth No. 3675) has received FAA parts manufacturer approval for its Lumatech LED caution/warning panels available for most recent models of King Airs fitted with classic, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 and Garmin G1000 avionics. The units cost is between $14,000 and $20,000, according to Luma president Bruce Maxwell.
For King Air G1000 upgraders, a new option is replacement of the old-style incandescent-lighted caution warning panels with a Luma Technologies LED-based panel. Luma and its sister company Advanced Quality Certifications Group received FAA supplemental type certification for the LED panels on the King Air 200, 300, 350 and 350i in May. The company is adding an STC for the C90 in the first quarter of next year. For the King Air line, airplanes that qualify for the LED panels include those with classic avionics, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 and the recently certified Garmin G1000 upgrades.
Last week, I walked through my local grocery and happened to come across the displays of new light bulbs. You know, the ones with the odd shapes and higher prices. The ones that our government has determined to be more environmentally correct.
The FAA granted TSO approval for LED position and anti-collision lights manufactured by AeroLEDs. The approval means that the AeroLEDs position and nav lights are qualified for installation on all certified aircraft for which they are compatible. The company’s Pulsar NSP nav/strobe/position light, Pulsar N/S nav/strobe and SunTail tail strobe use LED lights with a life expectancy of 50,000 hours and no external power supply. Pilots can comfortably fly with the AeroLEDs lights switched on without worrying about the shorter lifetime of Xenon or incandescent bulbs.
Aircraft Lighting International has introduced an LED reading light bulb that is a direct replacement for 28V DC/AC miniature incandescent halogen lamps.
According to Nick Michelinakis, owner of the Mount Sinai, N.Y.-based company, “absolutely no changes or modifications to the reading light fixtures are necessary.” Other advantages include lower power draw, virtually no heat generation and a five-year warranty.
Astronics, a provider of advanced, high-performance lighting and electronics systems for the global aerospace industry, has announced a new line of LED landing and taxi lights that consume much less power than the incandescent lights that they replace.
Changes to the FAR Part 21 manufacturing rule published last October 16 are slated to go into effect on April 16 next year, including a modification to the standards for manufacturing. Currently, only parts specifically manufactured for installation in type-certified aircraft are regulated by the FAA, but the changes would expand the parts covered.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) warned the aviation community not to dispose of fluorescent bulbs, which contain mercury, like ordinary garbage. According to NATA, “Fluorescent light bulbs used in many FBOs are regulated by the U.S.
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