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.
Le Castellet Airport in southeast France will have a 60,000-sq-ft photovoltaic roof operational this spring on a new hangar. Peak power delivered by the solar panels is 150 kilowatts, which translates into an average 185,000 kWh per year. This is about 40 percent of the airport’s electric power needs.
In the past, LED (light-emitting diode) lighting was just one small piece of the total cabin lighting puzzle, said Rod Stoehr, general manager of B/E Aerospace’s Holbrook, N.Y. facility near Long Island MacArthur Airport. “Now we’re offering the whole LED package.”
That package includes indirect-wash cabin lighting, adjustable overhead reading lights, and flexible-arm reading lights.
For several years organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting has been slowly gaining acceptance in the private jet industry, but the relatively short lifespan of the successor to the current LED (light-emitting diode) system has been holding back the technology. Osram Opto Semiconductors of Regensburg, Germany, believes it has a solution. Until now, according to Dr.
Power Force Technologies (Stand No. 509), the Singapore distributor for Carmanah Technologies, is displaying the Canadian manufacturer’s self-contained radio-controlled, solar-powered airfield lights, including units suitable for helipads, obstructions, runways, taxiways and thresholds.
In a bid to make airplanes more visible, Honeywell has introduced the Astreon LED (light-emitting diode) aft position light. TSO approval is expected from the FAA in time for a product release early next year. The light is a form-fit replacement for several current Honeywell parts. It complements the Astreon wingtip position lights that have been available since 2003.
It sheds a new light on things. That’s what Emteq says of its new ELW61 “very low profile” LED (light-emitting diode) cabin wash lighting technology. The board is .18 inches thick (.63 inches, including diodes) and 1.13 inches wide. According to the New Berlin, Wis. company, it is ideal for mounting in tight spaces, such as lens-covered headliner lighting. The ELW61 is step-dimmable, with a variable dimming option.
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