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SP-102 Portable Helipad FATO Light

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Specification Parameter Description
Compliance ICAO Annex 14, Vol. II (4th. Edition, July 2013) Photometric:  Par.
Chromaticity: Appendix 1, Figure A1-1
Operating time in steady mode Min intensity 36 hrs.
Max Intensity 15 hrs.
Operating modes Selective via push-button Last selected mode is memorized Steady-on: Min - Med - Max Intensity
Flashing: 30 - 60 - 120 FPM
Automatic Dusk-Till-Dawn (adjustable intensity)
NVG Only - for covert operations
NVG + Visible LED
Optics Type Omnidirectional
Colour White
Interchangable optical head Yes
LED Life span: 100.000 hrs
Consistent photometrics for product life
Operating temperature range Standard -20 to 50 ºC (-4 to 122 ºF)
Arctic pack -40 to 80 ºC (-40 to 176 ºF)
Battery Type Sealed Lead Acid Battery (SLAB) air transport approved
Capacity 4,5 Ah
Nominal voltage (V) 6,0 V
Life span 4-5 years / 1.200 cycles
On-board battery indicator Yes
Battery replacable by user Yes
Battery Charging External charging port Yes
Available charging options via OCT-102 Charger
via 5W solar panel
Charging time via Charger 8 hrs
Charging time via solar panel 12 hrs
Control & Monitoring Multifuntional Push-button On-Off, selecting operating mode, reset Protection against incidental activation
Automatic Light Control (ALC) ALC adjusts intensity level if battery reaches low capacity to ensure continued operation
Built-in microprocessor Yes
Built-in protection against excessive overcharging/discharging of the battery Yes
Solar Panel Nominal power output 5W
Installed separately from the lighting unit Yes
Panel facing direction Unidirectional for optimal energy collection
Life span 15 years
Casing Waterproof rating IP-65
UV resistant Yes
Height / Diameter 210 x 125 mm
Weight (kg) 2
Chassis Material Non-corrosive aluminum
Dome Material (standard) Glass
Dome Material (optional) Premium, UV-resistant polycarbonate
CE Compliance Standards EN 61000-4-2:2009,
EN 61000-4-3:2007/A2:2011
PN-EN 61000-4-4:2013-05
EN 61000-4-5:2014-10
EN 61000-4-6: 2014-04
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Helipad FATO portable lighting

Portable lighting is a suitable solution for helipads located in remote, hard-to-reach places with hindered infrastructure access. If a given helipad carries out night operation, it has to be equipped with some lighting of certain facilities, including the FATO zone. Let’s describe the features of helipad FATO portable lighting.

Zones designated at a helipad

The FATO zone is the largest area marked at a helipad. The abbreviation refers to Final Approach and Takeoff area. The zone is designated with lines which create the shape of a square, rectangle or a circle. In turn, the TLOF area (Touchdown and Liftoff area) is located inside the FATO area and it also can be in the shape of a square, rectangle or a square.

What requirements does helipad portable airport have to meet?

The requirements regarding helipad FATO portable lights are determined by the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization). Additionally, if a given lighting system is used in the European Union, it must fulfill the following standards: EN 61000-4-2:2009, EN 61000-4-3:2007/A2:2011, PN-EN 61000-4-4:2013-05, EN 61000-4-5:2014-10 and EN 61000-4-6: 2014-04.

Helipad lighting during night operations

Helipads that are meant to handle night flight operation must be equipped with proper lights. Even though not each and every helipad is equipped with a complete set of lights, the following facilities must be illuminated during night operations: the TLOF and FATO area, wind direction indicator, landing direction indicator and taxiway.

Where is portable lighting used?

Portable lighting is used wherever the installation of a permanent lighting system is impossible (or unnecessary). It is used for:

  1. Helipad FATO lighting,
  2. Helipad temporary lighting
  3. Landing zone lighting,
  4. Emergency helipad lighting.

What light is used to mark the FATO zone?

The FATO zone is marked with white, omnidirectional lights. LED lightbulbs are used as they provide not only a long durability (50 000 hours!) but also the right, required by regulations intensity and chromaticity.

How long does a fully-charged lamp work?

The work time of a portable light depends on a set intensity. If a light uses a low intensity, it will work for 36 hours. High-intensity light diminishes the work time to 15 hours.

Helipad portable lighting’s work modes

Helipad portable lighting provides the following work modes:

  • Flashing light (30, 60 or 120 flashes per minute),
  • Constant light,
  • Varied-intensity light (low, medium and high),
  • An automatic from-dusk-to-dawn mode,
  • Night Vision goggles compatibility mode.

Working in low-visibility conditions

If a helicopter operates in low-visibility conditions (e.g. due to a heavy rain or fog), the range of the light visibility is a key factor. The most advanced systems give out a light that is visible from 10 kilometers from the air.

FATO lights’ resistance to weather conditions

As you can easily imagine, helipad portable lights are exposed to a lot of hazardous weather conditions. Therefore, they should be:

  • Water resistant (IP-65 level)
  • Corrosion resistant
  • UV resistant.

Besides that, resistance to extremely high and low temperatures should also be taken into consideration. The best systems can work at temperatures even from
-40°C to 80°C.

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