Smooth light­ing at Sleap

Pilot - - NOTES -

Pi­lots at Sleap air­field are ben­e­fit­ing from a new light­ing fit by Smooth Avi­a­tion. A fresh en­trant to the run­way light­ing mar­ket, Smooth in­stalled LED lights on Run­way 18/36, mak­ing Sleap a dual lit op­er­a­tion, con­ven­tional light­ing al­ready being in place on Run­way 23/05. With 18/36 No­tam’d closed, 2.5km of trenches were dug to lay ca­bles, and the work was com­pleted in time for the be­gin­ning of the night fly­ing sea­son.

Smooth Avi­a­tion says the light­ing at Sleap – 24 edge lights, ten taxi lights and twenty thresh­old lights – uses in to­tal around a third of the en­ergy of an elec­tric ket­tle, equat­ing to much lower run­ning costs, but is bright enough for day use too.

Air­field Man­ager Nathan Cross said “The win­ter wind di­rec­tion was found to reg­u­larly favour the out of use run­way, leav­ing avi­a­tors frus­trated at can­celled flights and night lessons. Shrop­shire Aero Club Ltd part­nered Smooth Avi­a­tion on the pro­ject [and] the pro­fes­sional fin­ish is tes­ta­ment to the care­ful plan­ning and con­sul­ta­tion by Smooth Avi­a­tion. I am most im­pressed with the stan­dard and re­li­a­bil­ity of the in­stal­la­tion, Shrop­shire Aero Club looks for­ward to a busy win­ter pe­riod at Sleap Aero­drome”. www.smoothavi­a­tion.com

Bet­ter ori­en­tated for pre­vail­ing winds, newly-lit R18/36 at Sleap

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