S4GA - Helipad and Airport Lighting Company
ajax loader
Helipad Lighting

SP-102 portable helipad lights are ICAO compliant airfield lights designed to operate in remote areas. LED optics generates correct light output in terms of intensity and chromaticity. SP-102 airfield light is powered by a standard deep-cycle battery which can be stored locally.

SP-102 helipad TLOF (Touchdown and Liftoff Area) light is green, omni-directional aviation light compliant with ICAO, Annex 14. It has NVG (Night Vision Goggles) mode which is often required by military customers.

Typical applications

  • Temporary helipads
  • Temporary heliports
  • Touchdown and lift-off Area (TLOF)
  • Temporary helipad landing zone
  • Emergency helipad lighting

For 100% autonomy have your SP-102 unit equipped with independently installed 5W solar panel.Read more

What distinguishes S4GA heliport lights from products of other helipad lighting suppliers is unique LED optics allowing to achieve the highest visibility range in its class – up to 10 km. It is critical for pilots when landing in adverse weather conditions like fog or heavy rain. Moreover, aluminium body and UV-resistant polycarbonate dome protect helipad light from deterioration.

key features

  • Supports Visual & NVG operations
  • Adjustable intensity level
  • Multiple operating modes
  • Quick & Easy Deployment
  • Non-corrosive aluminium body
  • IP-65 waterproof rating
  • User-replaceable battery
  • Interchangeable optical head
get quote

Helipad TLOF portable lighting

Helipads are often located in hard-to-reach places. Alaska, the Brazilian Amazon or a skyscraper in the middle of a large city – these are just a few examples of places a helipad can be situated at. If a helipad is meant for night operation, it needs to be properly illuminated. In the following article, we will deal with one type of such lighting. Here’s helipad portable TLOF lighting.

Helipad zones

From a birds-eye-view, you will first notice two designated areas – FATO and TLOF. FATO refers to Final Approach and Take-off area. TLOF refers to Touchdown and Liftoff area. Both these areas can be in the shape of a circle, square or rectangle. The TLOF area is placed inside the FATO zone.

Night operation lights

Not each and every helipad is equipped with a full set of lights. But, if a helipad carries out night operation, it must be equipped with basic lights. They include FATO and TLOF lights, wind direction indicator lights, taxiway lights and landing direction indicator lights.

Helipad TLOF portable lights

Portable lighting is easy and quick to install, and it can be installed on various surfaces. When is helipad portable lighting used?

  1. To illuminate temporary helipads,
  2. To illuminate the TLOF area,
  3. To illuminate the landing zone,
  4. To illuminate emergency helipads.

TLOF portable lights optics

Green lights are used for TLOF lighting. They give out an omnidirectional light. LED lights are used because they provide the right light chromaticity and intensity. They are also utterly durable – up to 50 000 hours of work!

TLOF portable lights’ worktime

The worktime of portable lights depends on the light intensity they are working with. They will work for up to 36 hours with the minimum intensity. When it comes to the maximum intensity – 15 hours.

Helipad TLOF portable solar lighting – work modes

Portable solar lights can give out a constant or flashing light. The flash frequency is 30, 60 or 120 flashes per minute. Moreover, one can set a preferred intensity – low, medium or high. The system also provides a from-dusk-to-dawn work mode. These are lights compatible with night vision goggles.

Visibility

The aforementioned LED lightbulbs provide excellent visibility from a far distance – even up to 10 kilometers. It is particularly important when a helicopter is landing in low-visibility conditions (pouring rain, fog).

TLOF lights’ cases

Helipad TLOF portable lights are exposed to various weather conditions – wind, rain, sun, extreme temperatures. That’s why they need to meet some requirements that will allow them to work constantly even in difficult conditions. All in all, it has a tremendous impact on the safety of flight operations. These are the characteristics that helipad TLOF portable lights should have:

  1. Water resistance,
  2. Corrosion resistance,
  3. UV resistance
  4. Extreme-temperatures resistance (even from -40°C to 80°C).

Meeting the requirements and standards

Just like any lights used at helipads, TLOF lighting needs to meet the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) regulations, Annex 14. The lighting used in the European Union must additionally be up to 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.

SP-102 portable helipad lighting is ICAO compliant airfield lighting designed to operate in remote areas. LED optics generates correct light output in terms of intensity and chromaticity. SP-102 helipad light is powered by a standard deep-cycle battery which can be stored locally.

SP-102 helipad FATO light is white, omni-directional aviation light is compliant with ICAO, Annex 14. It has NVG (Night Vision Goggles) mode which is often required by military customers.

Typical applications

  • Temporary helipads
  • Temporary heliports
  • Final approach and take-off area (FATO)
  • Temporary helipad landing zone
  • Emergency helipad lighting

For 100% autonomy have your SP-102 unit equipped with independently installed 5W solar panel.Read more

What distinguishes S4GA heliport lights from products of other helipad lighting suppliers is unique LED optics allowing to achieve the highest visibility range in its class – up to 10 km. It is critical for pilots when landing in adverse weather conditions like fog or heavy rain. Moreover, aluminium body and UV-resistant polycarbonate dome protect helipad light from deterioration.

key features

  • Supports Visual & NVG operations
  • Adjustable intensity level
  • Multiple operating modes
  • Quick & Easy Deployment
  • Non-corrosive aluminium body
  • IP-65 waterproof rating
  • User-replaceable battery
  • Interchangeable optical head
get quote

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.

Solar portable lighting

As mentioned before, portable lighting is used in places that are hard to reach or lack in infrastructure. In such cases, solar portable lighting is a perfect solution. Charging the battery via a solar panel takes just 8 hours. If needed, the lamps can also be charged with a charging station or by plugging-in to an electric network.

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.