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"Request for Information on Aviation Lighting Systems"



Friday, June 29, 2001

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON AVIATION LIGHTING SYSTEMS -- Potential Sources
Sought


NOTICE TYPE: Potential Sources Sought
NOTICE DATED: 062801
OFFICE ADDRESS: 55 Broadway; Cambridge, MA 02142
ZIP CODE: 02142
SUBJECT: A - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON AVIATION LIGHTING SYSTEMS
SOLICITATION NO.: SOL DTRS57-98-SS-0303
RESPONSE DEADLINE: DUE 071301
CONTACT: POC Point of Contact - Michael Attachi, Contract Specialist, (617)
494-2136

NOTICE TEXT: AVIATION LIGHTING SYSTEMS AND INDIVIDUAL LIGHTING SYSTEM
COMPONENTS. The John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (VNTSC)
is an organization within the Research and Special Programs Administration,
U.S. Department of Transportation. The VNTSC performs research on a wide
variety of modes of transportation. As part of an upcoming project to study
techniques to reduce runway incursions on airports throughout the country,
the VNTSC is requesting information from industry sources. The focus of the
requested information is on aviation light systems and individual lighting
system components. The intended lighting system is to receive dynamic
control messages indicating light state. The lighting system may be
installed at an FAA designated airport for evaluation by pilots, controllers
and airport personnel. Emphasis will be placed on off-the-shelf systems with
minimum response time (less than 2 seconds), measured from computer command
to light visibility. Information describing the interface between the light
control system and light control messages should be supplied as well as the
items listed below. Based on the responses received to this request for
information, a subsequent detailed request may be submitted to industry for
the purpose of selecting candidate systems for capability demonstrations and
testing purposes. However, this request for information does not commit the
VNTSC to any future acquisition activity. The following list provides
greater detail into the areas of the lighting system where information is
being requested. The lighting system is not required to compose of the
specific items on this list, however devices necessary to support airport
lights should be included in the information package. Light Fixtures -
Elevated Uni-directional Different type of available lamps (quartz,
incandescent, LED, laser, etc.). Different available photo metrics of the
different lamps & lenses. Different color filters available (red, yellow,
etc.). Ability to withstand aircraft jet blasts. Response time for the lamp
filament. Frangibility performance of fixture upon being struck. Typical
installation requirements. FAA (Approved Testing Laboratory) certification
(if available). In-pavement Uni-directional - Different type of available
lamps (quartz, incandescent, LED, laser, etc). Different available photo
metrics of the different lamps and lenses. Di fferent color filters
available (red, yellow, etc.). Ability to withstand aircraft wheel loads.
Ability to withstand aircraft jet blasts. Response time for the lamp
filament. Height of fixture above pavement. Typical installation
requirements. FAA (Approved Testing Laboratory) certification (if
available). Airfield Lighting Control System Using Power Line Carrier
Technology - Information on the different components within the system and
how they function. Information on the required connections between the
different components. Information on the size of each component and any
special or environmental requirements. Requirements for the use of repeaters
to communicate to entire system. Maximum distance the communications system
is reliable with and without the use of repeaters. M aximum wattage of
fixture that the smart transformer is able to control & monitor. Recommended
installation requirements to increase system's performance. Typical system
performance measurements (modem speed, light fixture response rate, number
of light commands, health status reports, etc.). Examples of installations
at airports - describe what the system consists of and any special
design/installation procedures. Airfield Lighting Control System Using PLC &
Hardwired Technology - Information on the different components within the
system and how they function. Information on the required connections
(interface) between the different components. Information on the size of
each component and any special or environmental requirements. Recommended
installation requirements to increase sys tem's performance. Typical system
performance measurements (light fixture response rate, number of light
commands, health status reports, etc.). Examples of installations at
airports - describe what the system consists of and any special
design/installation procedures. Airfield Lighting Cable - Special airfield
lighting cable that incorporates both power and control communications. Any
special installation or connection details. FAA (Approved Testing
Laboratory) certification (if available).Constant Current/Voltage
Regulators - Information on the different types (SCR vs. Ferro resonant) of
regulators available. Information on the different sizes (kW) of regulators
available. Information on the different current steps available (3 or
5-step) regulators available. Information on the size of the regulator and
any special or environmental requirements. Information on noise created by
regulators on the power cable. FAA (Approved Testing Laboratory)
certification (if available). Firms involved in the design and/or
manufacturer of any of the above listed systems and/or components are
encouraged to send copies of the requested information by July 13, 2001. All
inquiries and comments should be submitted electronically by e-mail to:
Michael Attachi, Contract Specialist, Phone: (617)494-2136, Fax:
(617)494-2034 E-mail: Attachi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx - Volpe Center Acquisition
Division home page attachi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx - Contract Specialist RECEIVED:
(D-179 SN50Q3I6) Issue No. PSA-2881

CONTACT: 617-494-2136

URL: http://www.volpe.dot.gov/procure/index.html

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