Lights lift airstrip safety

Albany Extra - - NEWS - SARAH MAKSE

New lights along the Den­mark airstrip are set to dras­ti­cally save power and boost safety.

The Shire of Den­mark se­cured about $26,000 last year to fund the up­grade, as part of a Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment scheme to sup­port re­gional air­ports to un­der­take es­sen­tial works.

The fund­ing has al­lowed aged light­ing fix­tures flank­ing the run­way off Wright­son Road to be re­placed with mod­ern LED lamps.

The up­grades are ex­pected to slash power use by up to 90 per cent and in­crease vi­tal vis­i­bil­ity for lo­cal pi­lots and the Royal Flying Doc­tor Ser­vice us­ing the run­way.

Both wind­socks, used by pi­lots to in­di­cate wind di­rec­tion, are also fully lit to boost the safety of evening flights.

Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive David Schober thanked the Den­mark Air­port As­so­ci­a­tion for lend­ing their tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise to in­stall the new up­grades.

“The new run­way light­ing and the air­port as a whole present ex­cep­tion­ally well and is a credit to the Den­mark Air­port As­so­ci­a­tion,” he said.

Pic­ture: Shire of Den­mark

Den­mark Air­port As­so­ci­a­tion’s W a yne Aus t in.

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