Acquisition Distance of LED Based Runway Closure Lighting

This project will evaluate the pilot acquisition distance of light emitting diodes LED-based runway closure lighting to ascertain if such lighting is comparable or greater than traditional incandescent (L-893) runway closure lighting. Evaluation will be completed at three airports with varying light pollution, during day and night Visual Flight Rules. This project proposes a series of controlled field experiments to be conducted at three test airports using traditional runway closure lighting (incandescent) and LED-based closure lighting. Pilots will fly approaches to a closed runway and report the distance at which the lighted Xs of each type are first observed as well as when the pilots detect the actual X and color displayed. This statement of work proposes the field experiments be conducted at the Purdue University Airport, the Ohio State University Airport, and the Orlando Melbourne International Airport. Partnering in this study will be: (1) The Federal Aviaton Administration (FAA) who will supply the LED test equipment, (2) Purdue University, Ohio State University, and Florida Institute of Technology who will supply research staff, airport technicians, and a specified location on their respective airports to administer the study, (3) Pilots and students from the respective universities who will evaluate the lighting acquisition distances and (4) The Purdue University Airport, the Ohio State University Airport, and the Orlando Melbourne International Airport.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Centers of Excellence - Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility, and Sustainability


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $131,099.34
  • Contract Numbers:




  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport
    Atlantic City, NJ  United States  08405
  • Project Managers:

    Bassey, Robert

  • Performing Organizations:

    Ohio State University, Center for Aviation Studies

    2036 Neil Avenue
    Bolz Hall, Suite 228
    Columbus, OH  United States  43210

    Florida Institute of Technology

    150 W. University Boulevard
    Melbourne, FL  United States  32901

    Purdue University, Polytechnic

    401 N. Grant Street
    West Lafayette, IN  United States  47907
  • Principal Investigators:

    Winter, Scott

    Young, Seth

    Fanjoy, Richard

  • Start Date: 20151208
  • Expected Completion Date: 20160831
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160831
  • Source Data: PEGASAS Project 18

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01587290
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability
  • Contract Numbers: 12-C-GA-PU-034, 12-C-GA-OSU-020, 12-C-GA-FIT-009
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 19 2016 4:02PM