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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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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Considerations for Safely Adopting LEDs in Aerospace Lighting

LED Aerospace Lighting

The emergence of LEDs and their promise of energy savings, improved cost-efficiency, increased longevity and lower maintenance is driving rapid adoption. However, in some applications, their adoption may have come too soon. LEDs are inherently different than other light sources; thorough testing is necessary to understand how these differences impact existing lighting systems. Reducing operating…

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SAE A20 Meeting Update: MIL-STD-3009 Review, UAS Standard Needed

MIL-STD-3009 SAE A20 Review

Last month, on March 25 and 26th, I attended the SAE A20 Aircraft Lighting Steering Committee spring meeting. Twice a year, representatives from aerospace companies like Boeing, Honeywell Aerospace, Luminator Aircraft Products, United Technologies Corporation, and Airbus meet with members of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and SAE. The goal of these meetings is to…

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