LED Helipad Lighting System
Aviation Renewables offers the leading LED helipad lighting products. We custom design each helipad individually, based on customer needs. The LED lighting package can be either solar powered, battery powered or grid-powered, offering the maximum flexibility for installation anywhere worldwide whether permanent, portable or emergency operations.
The LED flush inset lighting offers a significant safety advantage over elevated solar powered products by eliminating the tripping hazard, especially in low light conditions.
When designing a helipad lighting system, we follow ICAO Annex 14, Volume II for heliports. We can also customize a lighting design for local regulations, when required. A standard heliport includes at least one touchdown and lift-off area (TLOF) centered in a final approach and takeoff area (FATO), a peripheral safety area and an approach and departure path.
For night operations, the TLOF, FATO, taxiways, taxi routes, and windsock should be lighted. Other useful visual aids include: floodlights, taxiway lights, landing direction lights, a heliport identification beacon and a heliport approach path indicator (PLASI). Obstruction lights must be installed where required to mark objects in close proximity to the approach/departure path.
FATO and TLOF Lights
A minimum of four flush or raised green light fixtures is recommended per side of a rectangular FATO and TLOF. A light is located at each corner with additional lights uniformly spaced between the corner lights.
Lighted Wind Indicator
An ICAO Solar Series LED all aluminum Helipad Windcone is recommended, or the FAA L806 (10 ft tall) may be substituted.
Heliport Identification Beacon
Located within 1/4 mi of the heliport, three sealed beam lights rotate at 10 to 15 rpm to produce 30 to 45 fpm in white, green and yellow. A beacon using Morse code signals is also available.
Landing Direction Lights
To identify alignment of the approach route, a line of 3 approach lights, and a crossbar are spaced in the approach direction. Approach lights have omnidirectional white lenses and can be elevated or inset, depending on preference.
Mounted on buildings or poles, elevated floodlights should illuminate all of the operational area and should be hooded to prevent upward glare that would hinder the vision of approaching pilots. Surface floodlights are hooded and illuminate only the helipad surface.
Taxiway center lines are defined with semi-flush bi-directional or unidirectional green lights spaced at 50 ft (15 m) intervals. Blue lights set at the same intervals are used to define the edges of the taxi route.
Difficult-to-see objects shall be marked with a red ICAO compliant obstruction light.
Visual Glide Path Indicator
The heliport approach path indicator (PLASI) provides pilots with visual course and descent cues. The optimum location of a PLASI is on the extended centerline of the approach path at a distance that brings the helicopter to a hover with the undercarriage between 3 and 8 feet (0.9 to 2.5 m) above the TLOF.