03 Sep Solar Series Non Directional Beacon Installed In Southeast Africa
Application: NAVAID 24/7 Operations
- Solar Series Non Directional Beacon
- Solar Series MAPPS Power System
Location: Southeast Africa
Date: May 2011
LED Airfield Lighting. Aviation Renewables designed and delivered installation training for the Solar Series NDB powered by the Solar Series MAPPS system for an AC Non Directional Beacon with back up generator to provide 24/7 continuous operations for the Department of Civil Aviation Operation in Southeast Africa.
The airfield was required to provide a ground based navigational aid operating from a Non Directional Beacon completely powered by the Solar Series MAPPS due to the lack of power and communications on the island.
The North Island airfield required a Solar NDB, powered by the Solar Series MAPPS, to provide non-precision approach capability while operating independent of the electrical grid 24/7. With a remote location, the lack of electrical power and limited communications, a proven solution was required. Systems Inter- face carried out the civil works, installation and commissioning of the Dual Solid State 250W NDB system.
Aviation Renewables designed and delivered installation training for the Solar Series MAPPS power system, a self-contained solar power system designed to suit both the climate of the airfield and the power require- ments of the NDB for continuous 24 hour operations. Lying some 1100km north of the island territory it comprises two islands: North Island – 12.5 km long and 1.5 km wide, and the South Island – 7km long and 4.5km wide. The North Island has one landing strip used by light aircraft. With no harbour, visiting provisions ships have to anchor in the high sea at about 500m from the North Island’s jetty. The Islands will benefit greatly from the solar powered system in both ecological and financial terms.
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