Accession Number : AD0622862

Title :   EVALUATION OF AIRPORT LIGHTING CONTROL PANEL.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY NJ

Personal Author(s) : Ritter, Morris

Report Date : AUG 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : The Airport Lighting Control Panel consisting of the Approach Lighting System (ALS) and Visual Approach Slope Indicating System (VASI) remote control units was evaluated. The purpose of the project was to determine the operational suitability of the panel for use in the new tower cab configuration. It was concluded that the basic panel consisting of the ALS and VASI remote control units would be operationally suitable for use as an Agency standard provided modifications in the following areas were incorporated: (1) Color, contrast, size and type of backlighted pushbuttons; (2) audio alarm system, and (3) labeling (panel and backlighted pushbuttons). It was further concluded that an interface problem exists between the new ALS panel and field configurations other than the one defined in this report and that an investigation of this area must be accomplished prior to adoption of the ALS remote unit as an Agency standard. It was recommended that the basic panel consisting of the ALS and VASI remote control units be adopted for use in the newly designed FAA tower cabs after the modifications and investigations indicated have been performed. However, inasmuch as no long term reliability data were recorded during this evaluation, either a reliability paper study or testing in an operational facility should be performed to establish failure rates prior to adoption as an Agency standard. (Author)

Descriptors :   *AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS, *CONTROL PANELS, *LANDING AIDS, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, LIGHTING EQUIPMENT, AIRPORT CONTROL TOWERS, MARKER LIGHTS, RUNWAYS.

Subject Categories : Aerodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE