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Mutual Help List, Question - How to handle lights when toweris closed



We represent two airports in Indiana with potential tower closures.  One is FAA and one is a contract tower.  The contract tower is already closed from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM and has PCL already installed.  They also have a manual control panel in the vault that defaults most of the lighting to medium and the PCL overrides those manual controls when implemented.


The second airport with the FAA tower is a 24/7 tower so will be impacted.  They did not have PCL so we immediately purchased the Radio Unit and spent two days installing it in their vault last week.  They already had the transfer relays so we wired a switch that the tower can flip that transfers the lights to remote control.  The lights are all off unless a pilot clicks the Mike.  The logic we used is as follows:


3 clicks                 Everything on low and all PAPIs on

5 clicks                 Everything on medium and all PAPIs on

7 clicks                 Everything on high, all PAPIs on and all REILs on


Their beacon was already controlled on a separate switch and can be turned on by the tower at closure.  If sequestration runs long and gets into summer hours, we are planning to install a photocell on the beacon in parallel so it is not running during daylight hours.


Let me know if you have any other questions.




Ken Ross, P.E.

NGC Corp.

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Indianapolis, IN 46239

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From: help-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:help-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Richard.Stein@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tuesday, March 05, 2013 12:58 PM
To: help@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: mike.robertson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; tsaunders@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; Kyle H.Goldsmith
Subject: CAA: Mutual Help List, Question - How to handle lights when tower is closed


Everyone -

I need to come back to the fountain of knowledge in order to see how others are handling this.  My question:  How are other airports who will have their contract towers closed due to sequestration handle the various issues that will come up.  So far, I've noted the following issues:

Rotating Beacon

        At night - night operation of the rotating beacon seems simple.  Have someone turn it on at night and off in the morning.  Shouldn't be a problem.

        During IFR - We only have maintenance electricians on duty during office hours.  How are other airports that only have employees on duty during limited hours planning on handling turning the beacon on and off during IFR.

Runway Lights

        At night - again, straightforward.  On when dark, off when light.

        During IFR - We don't have 24 x 7 maintenance coverage, so we need to figure out how to staff and when to know when operate the lights.

        Changing intensities - We have PCL that we use at night.  My thoughts are to leave the runway lights on PCL full time and allow the pilots to operate them as needed.

I'm looking for what other airports are planning on doing, or input from anyone how to handle these new issues.  Any input would be appreciated.


Richard M. Stein, A.A.E.
Deputy Airport Director, Operations and Maintenance
Lynchburg Regional Airport
350 Terminal Drive, Suite 100
Lynchburg, VA  24502
(434) 455-6088
(434) 239-9027 (fax)



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