New Webinar: Lens Material Selection for Exterior Aircraft Lighting

New Webinar: Lens Material Selection for Exterior Aircraft Lighting

When designing an exterior aircraft lighting fixture, it is necessary to choose a cover lens material that is resistant to pressure, abrasion, and impact.  With the onset of LED technology, manufacturers of lighting fixtures essentially have two options for cover lens materials: glass or plastic. This decision affects safety, maintenance, and total cost of ownership.…

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New White Paper Demonstrates How Abrasion Resistant Lenses Lower Maintenance Costs

Kopp Glass

In this two-part study, Taber abrasion and high-velocity particulate impact testing are used to evaluate the suitability of borosilicate glass, polycarbonate, and aviation grade acrylic in exterior jet aircraft lighting applications. In the aerospace industry, Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology promises to keep planes operating longer with reduced maintenance costs and lower power consumption. With…

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New Aviation Glass Digital Catalog and Spec Sheets

Aviation Glass Catalog

For more than 50 years, we have manufactured glasses to meet the changing needs of the aerospace lighting industry. As a result, we have one of the largest portfolios of aviation colored glasses available. We’re pleased to announce that you can view these glasses in a new digital format; our new aviation glass catalog is…

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IESALC 2015 Technology Meeting Highlights: Focus on Safety, New Technologies, FAA LED Update

IESALC 2015 Fall Meeting

Total global air travel is increasing year-over-year; in 2014 air travel demand grew by 5.9% compared to 2013 and it has continued to grow through 2015. A substantial transportation infrastructure is necessary to support the growing number of air travelers worldwide. Airports around the world recognize that to increase capacity and to remain competitive, they…

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SAE A20 Aircraft Lighting Committee Fall Meeting Highlights: New Standards Published, SWIR Updates, UAS Document Progress

On September 30 through October 1, I attended the SAE A20 Aircraft Lighting Steering Committee’s fall meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The committee consists of representatives from lighting manufacturers, aircraft manufacturers, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), SAE, and aerospace lighting consultants.  These meetings offer an excellent opportunity to have open dialog and discussion about…

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