Monitoring the performance of aerodrome ground lighting

Karen Rafferty, J. Niblock, Jian Xun Peng

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This article provides an overview of a novel prototype device that can be used to aid airports in monitoring their landing lighting. Known as Aerodrome Ground Lighting (AGL), the device is comprised of a camera that is capable of capturing images of landing lighting as aircraft approach the airport. AGL is designed to automatically examine landing lighting to assess if it is operating under uniform brightness standards (i.e., luminous intensity of luminares) that aviation governing bodies require. A detailed discussion of the hardware and software requirements of AGL -- currently under joint development by researchers at Queens University Belfast and Cobham Flight Inspection Limited -- is presented. Results from the research indicate that assessing the performance of both ground-based runway luminaries and elevated approach luminaries is possible, though further testing is needed for full validation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-64
JournalInternational Airport Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Commissioning Body / Publisher: International Airport Review, Russel Publishing Limited


  • Airport ground lighting (Agl); Airport runways; Airports; Approach; Brightness; Detection and identification devices; Image analysis; Landing aids; Luminous intensity; Monitoring; Performance; Software


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