08 Sep Reflective Runway Markers Solution to Enable 24/7 Operations at Airport
Application: Reflective Marking Solution for 24/7 Operations
- Retroreflective Runway Marker Model-324
- Retroreflective Runway Marker Model-336
Reflective Runway Markers. Aviation Renewables designed and supplied a refurbishment kit for a private runway using the Models 324 & 336 Retroreflective Runway markers. The airport had been using the markers for decades, and needed a specially designed reflective sheath in order to extend the life of the existing markers.
The client is a municipal airport in Canada. Some decades ago, they invested in a reflective marking solution to enable 24/7 operations at their airport. The FAA L853 reflectors were faded after years of being exposed to the sun and were in need of refurbishment. The bases, however, were still in good condition and could remain in place and need new reflective markers. The airport sought help from Aviation Renewables to design, manufacture and deliver new retroreflective sheaths and markers in order to continue using their existing marker bases.
The existing markers used HDPE bases that were still in good condition. The bases were anchored to the ground, so it made sense to keep the anchoring in place and replace the reflective panel alone. Aviation Renewables provided new reflective sheaths that comply with L853 standards. The reflective sheeting on the aluminum sheath is micro-prismatic conspicuity material that complies with ASTM D4956. The thin, flexible sheeting has a unique appearance featuring a printed triangular white line pattern. It provides superior visibility and conspicuity to oncoming aircraft which results in improved safety.
The aluminum sheaths will not corrode, and we anticipate them having a service life of 15 years. The UV and solvent resistant coatings ensure durability which allows for rugged outdoor use. Conspicuity-grade ma- terial like this is typically 6 or 7 times more reflective than a comparable color in an engineering-grade reflective tape since prism technology is used instead of glass beads, which greatly increases the visible range of the runway markers.
The sheaths shipped with new tethers to ensure FOD control in case of accidental damage to the marker. The airport installed the sheaths on the existing bases with simple tools, and was able to conduct the retrofit without need for closure of the runway.
Aviation Renewables provided assistance during the execution of the refurbishment kit project to ensure all reflective runway markers were installed properly along with maintenance instruction provided to airport personnel. With a turn-around time of less than 15 days to deliver and commission a reflective marking solution, achieving met the customer’s expectations for safety, compliance, cost savings and long term capability for 24/7 operations.
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