LED Runway Status Light System (RWSL)

The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) Runway Incursion Reduction Program (RIRP) is testing Runway Status Light (RWSL) systems at four operational airports. The current RWSL design uses incandescent lights. Testing and analyses of light emitting diode (LED) technology indicated significant savings in operations and maintenance costs can be realized if they replace incandescent fixtures. Furthermore, LED response times afford higher flash rates and more noticeable illumination and extinguishing of system lights. The RWSL LED program is developing technical and performance requirements and identifying industry sources to design, test, and qualify LED-based airfield systems that conform to RWSL system specifications.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Runway Incursion and Safety Portfolio Team


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  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
    Washington, DC    20024
  • Project Managers:

    Timmons, Wes

  • Performing Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hwoschinsky, Peter

  • Start Date: 20120510
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20111231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 30643

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01465282
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:57PM