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Bulgaria: Solar Airfield Lighting for Ruse Airport

Ruse Airport was originally built in 1967 for the Bulgarian Air Force. Later, was used for domestic flights. Now, it is undergoing a major transformation into a key regional aviation hub. As part of this redevelopment, a new airport ground lighting (AGL) system has been installed. The airport has chosen the S4GA Permanent Solar Airfield Lighting System for this upgrade, which also involved refurbishing the runway and modernizing navigational aids. All the work was completed seamlessly by Stroyproject and STRAPLAN.

Airfield Lighting Upgrade – Faced Challenges

The new runway lighting had to meet strict ICAO standards for Category 3C. This would ensure that Ruse Airport’s improved facilities are internationally compliant. As a result, the airport would be capable of handling increased air traffic volumes.

Additionally, there was an urgent need to commence night flights quickly, and the new airport lighting system had to be deployed within a few months from order to commissioning, with solar lighting being the only viable solution.

Furthermore, due to budget constraints, airport needed a cost-effective solution without compromising quality. The new runway lighting system also had to be easy for the existing technical team to install and maintain without requiring specialized contractors.

S4GA Solar Runway Lighting – the best solution for regional airport

S4GA offered a Solar Airport Lighting System that perfectly met Ruse Airport’s needs:

  • Cost-efficiency: The S4GA solar AGL system costs 35% less than wired lighting, making it a budget-friendly option for airports.
  • Swift Installation: The system is designed for quick installation. This benefits the airport’s staff in meeting the urgent deadline for starting night operations.
  • Sustainability: The use of solar energy offered an eco-friendly alternative, cutting operational costs and supporting sustainable practices.
  • Reliability and Compliance: The S4GA runway lighting system meets the requirements of ICAO, FAA, EASA, and CASA. It is certified by accredited laboratories.

The S4GA Permanent Solar AGL System is really straightforward to install. We didn’t need any specialized contractors, so it fit perfectly with our team and saved us money.
The maintenance is also simple and doesn’t cost much. The solar power means we don’t have to do a lot of upkeep, and it keeps running reliably. Overall, it’s been a great choice for updating our airport without breaking the bank.

m.sc.eng. Nedko Todorov, Project Manager at STRAPLAN

The successful installation of S4GA Solar Airport Lighting at Ruse Airport demonstrates a new solution for small regional airports with budget restrictions and a shortage of technical staff. It’s a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to traditional wired lighting, with lower initial investment and minimal operational costs.

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