Introduction. Installation variables have a real-world effect on the fixture’s Light Beam or the Field Photometrics. Disruption to the Photometric Beam effects the number of lights the pilot can see.
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Pilot’s point of view in good weather.
Visibility of Runway Lights in Nighttime Fog.
Lower Photometric Angles are Blocked by Pavement if fixture elevation is low
Reduces the Number of LightsEffect Beam Blockage Has on Number of Lights Pilots Sees in Low Visibility
Transverse And Longitudinal Tilt
Fixture Elevation at Low Side of Pavement (FAA Req’t)
Tolerances of Surrounding Pavement
Design Percent Grade
Elevation of Fixture at Light Beam Exit To Adjacent Pavement
Effect on Field Photometrics & Pilots Field of View
Can the Pilot See The Lights?
~ 0.288 (< 3/8”)
Fixture Height Below Grade at Light Beam =
~ 3.2 °
Photometric Angle Blocked =
Measuring Fixture Height:
- The actual height will vary greatly depending on the measuring tool used. Can easily vary by 3/8”
Analyze Snow Plow Removal Procedures/Equipment
For new projects provide a detail to the Contractor or train the Contractor on the method to measure fixture elevation that most suites your Airport’s operational/snow plow removal constraints.
When performing the straightedge measurement of the pavement tolerances, survey the location of the lights and measure where the lights are going to be.