Avlite Systems’ Solar Portable Airfield Lighting System (Solar PALS) is a convenient, fully transportable, autonomous lighting system for easy, rapid deployment supporting long term, maintenance-free operations for both civil and defence airfields. A 5,000ft/1500m runway can be set up and operational within minutes in visible or NVG compatible infrared LED lighting modes for both fixed wing and rotary aircraft operations. When set up as a complete airfield, the Avlite Solar PALS can be controlled via the 2.4GHz encrypted mesh network, an intelligent system capable of being operated from the tower, ground or approaching aircraft through a VHF signal using the pilot control option. There is no requirement for any cables, generators or electrical infrastructure of any sort.
Avlite’s Solar PALS is designed for a variety of applications including emergency airfield lighting, secondary or emergency landing areas, sustaining runway and helipad operations and tactical lighting under both visible and infrared modes for defence and humanitarian aid operations. The Avlite Solar PALS can be used as a supplement to the main lighting system for use in the event of failure, temporary runway setup during construction or resurfacing, or for use at airfields where the hard-wired infrastructure of a conventional airfield is unavailable or prone to failure.
The Avlite Solar PALS eliminates the costly need for charging infrastructure, special equipment or electrical expertise associated with standard battery or electrical airfield lighting systems. Lower costs associated with up front investment, daily operating and maintenance costs result in greater economical savings and a higher degree of safety for the airport and end customer.
The Avlite Solar PALS consists of radio controlled AV72-RF and AV425-RF solar aviation lights, RF radio controller and a custom-built trailer to transport, charge and store the system. The modular nature of this system allows for additional airfield lighting accessories, all powered by solar including: airfield signs, wind cones and approach lights.
In addition to the basic system, Avlite can tailor a solution to suit customer requirements including additional lights, Pilot Activated Controller (PALC), infrared output, and mounting solutions.
Solar-powered RF controlled airfield lights
The Solar PALS trailer contains all airfield lighting and ancillary equipment required to support temporary or sustained operations.The standard configuration is suitable for a 5000ft/1500m runway and includes;
52 x RF Controlled Runway Edge Lights (AV425-RF)
12 x RF Controlled Threshold Lights (AV425-RF)
4 x RF Controlled Runway End Identifier Lights (AV425-RF)
24 x RF Controlled Taxiway Edge Lights (AV-70-RF)
Pilot activated lighting controller (PALC)
A range of options are available such as helipad and obstruction lighting, windsock assemblies or additional fixtures for extended runways.
All-in-one portable solar airfield lighting system
Heavy-duty trailer design for transportation and storage
In-trailer charging system for all lights when in storage
Complete wireless control of airfield lighting once deployed
Other trailer configurations available on request
Customisable lighting configurations available to suit various applications
Optional Infrared (IR) Mode, illumination invisible to the naked eye to support
enhanced vision and NVG operation