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Solar Helipad Lighting
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Control & Monitoring System
FATO LightsTLOF LightsAiming Point LightFlood LightsApproach LightsWind Directon IndicatorHAPITaxiways Lights

solar HELIPAD and heliport LIGHTs

S4GA offers to its civil and military customers reliable helipad lights compliant with ICAO, Annex 14 requirements. It is applicable for both helipads and heliports located in remote areas with unreliable or unavailable electricity sources. Solar panels are used to charge the lights.

The system consists of SP-401 LED helipad lights and control & monitoring system (ALCMS). All the components are connected wirelessly, so there is no need in any ground works and cables when installation. Heliport lighting is pilot activated and can be controlled from the ground, from air and even via GSM (cell phone).

Helipad lights have inbuilt batteries providing up to 85 hrs of operations. Battery is powered by independently installed solar panel. In case of cloudy weather for a long time, the lights can be easily removed from the airfield and charged by electrical grid.

We use special LED optics which allows achieving up 10 km visibility range. It is extremely important for pilots when landing a helicopter in adverse weather conditions.

typical helipad (heliport) products

Typical helipad lighting includes: FATO lights, TLOF lights, Floodlights, Illuminated wind direction indicator, control and monitoring interface. Sometimes customers are willing to extend their system by adding approach lighting and HAPI.

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Solar helipad and heliport lighting

Solar helipad and heliport lighting is a perfect solution for either civilian or military airports located in remote places, including locations where electricity access is impossible or limited. In that case, the energy is provided by solar panels. Let’s have a closer look at what type of lighting is required for helipads and heliports and how solar lighting works.

Wireless work

Solar helipad lighting system consists of lights and the control and monitoring system. All of the elements are connected wirelessly. This, as we will demonstrate in a second, is a crucial asset for the solar helipad lighting installation and its activation. Thanks to that fact that particular units operate in a wireless web, there is no need for any ground works and placing cables to install the system. Moreover, the entire system can be activated remotely by a pilot – either from the ground or the air. In that way, we eliminate the need for hiring extra lighting operators.

Typical solar helipad lighting

At helipads, we most often encounter the following lighting elements: FATO lights, TLOF lights, floodlights and illuminated wind direction indicators. Sometimes, HAPI (Helicopter approach path indicator) lights and the approach angle indicator lights are also installed at helipads.

FATO lights

FATO refers to the Final Approach and Take-off zone. Its lighting consists of four white lights of a 100-candela intensity (or higher). They are installed at equal intervals which cannot be more than 50-meter long. The lamps cannot stick out above the surface for more than 25 centimeters. If, however, there still is a possibility of a collision threat, the lights should be installed flat with the helipad surface.

TLOF lights

TLOF stands for the Touchdown and Liftoff area. Its lighting consists of four green lights. The lights are installed at intervals that do not exceed 5 meters (in the case of ground helipads) or 3 meters (in the case of platform helipads). The lamps, similarly to the FATO lights, cannot stick out above the helipad surface for more than 25 centimeters. If there is a potential collision threat, the lamps should be installed flat with the surface.


Floodlights are used to illuminate a helipad landing platform when the surrounding lights hinder proper visibility. They are used to illuminate the FATO zone, TLOF area and the parking zone. The beam of a floodlight is directed downwards, which can be justified in two ways. Firstly, the light illuminates the landing platform itself. Secondly, it doesn’t dazzle the landing pilot.

Wind direction indicator

A wind direction indicator lighting consists of a sleeve light (cone) and a post light. At the very peak of the cone, low-intensity obstruction lights are also installed.

Operating a solar helipad lighting

As mentioned at the beginning, the control and monitoring system of a solar helipad lighting is handled remotely. Let’s examine it more closely. The system allows for controlling the lighting as a whole or controlling particular units individually. It involves monitoring the battery level, charging status and performance. Furthermore, only designated users are allowed to operate the system:

  1. Masters and Users
  2. The Master can add, edit and delete users from the system,
  3. The users have full access to the system, excluding the privileges of the Master.

Additional info

The panels that are a part of a solar helipad lighting system provide an up-to-85-hour lamp performance. If there isn’t enough sunshine for a long period of time, the lamps can be plugged-in and charged from an electric power grid. Currently, LED lightbulbs are used for helipad lighting. They provide a light visible from 10 kilometers.