Sun, Oct 31, 2004
Angled reflectors designed to help rescue teams and pilots land
in rural areas at night
Back in September, we reported that Gavin Brown had developed a
novel portable runway threshold lighting system for night operation
at runways in rural areas that lack electrical power.
Brown has now improved his system by desiging and
patenting a new night landing system that can be used in rural
unlit landing areas and runways. The system uses angled reflectors
placed along the edge of the runway or desired landing area, and is
designed to assist rescue aircraft and pilots landing at night on
fields where electrical facilities for runway lights are not
The ingenious system uses the aircraft's own landing lights
during the flaring portion of the landing to light up the runway.
The system, which was tested at the Waterkloof South African Air
Force facility, can be seen from as many as several kilometers
away, depending on the brightness of the landing lights on the
The system has just received approval by the South African Civil
Aviation Authority for nighttime rescue work by air units.
"I have had a lot of responses from people in rural runways and
also town runways that don't have runway lights," said Brown to the
South African Broadcasting Corp.
"I had inquiries from Uganda and Namibia. I had people e-mailing me
from America and Australia. I had inquiries from Madagascar as
well. So, it looks like quite a big world wide response to this
Also: Pilot Record, Barnstorming, Pan Am Sim, New Columbus PD Unit, Erickson Firefighters, UAV Insurance Flts, Quest Upgrades David Beesmer had been arrested in 2014 after capturin>[...]
“SpaceX has demonstrated extraordinary capabilities in its first six cargo resupply missions to the station, and we know they can replicate that success. We will work with an>[...]
Klyde's A Little Down (And More Than A Little Opinionated) Over The SpaceX Loss.... FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]
Catastrophic Vehicle Failure Comes Just As Confidence in System Soared ANN REALTIME Update, 1152 ET, 06.28.15: Elon Musk has tweeted the following... "There was an overpressure eve>[...]
NASA Administrator Notes Other Resupply Efforts On Schedule The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the loss Sunday of the SpaceX Commercial Resupply>[...]