Outdoor Lighting for Airport Environments

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This IES Recommended Practice (RP) has been prepared as a guide for the application of fixed outdoor lighting in and around the airport environment with respect to the airport’s special requirements.

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Description

This IES Recommended Practice (RP) has been prepared as a guide for the application of fixed outdoor lighting in and around the airport environment with respect to the airport’s special requirements. These requirements include (but are not limited to):

  1. Height restrictions (such as obstructions affecting navigable airspace) as defined by the governing civil aviation authorities
  2. The ability to distinguish color of light for visual Cues
  3. Light trespass that may interfere with visibility of Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) controllers or pilots

The purpose of this recommended practice is:

  1. Airside – Provide for adequately lighted areas where parked aircraft are safely serviced; aircraft crew and passengers safely board and deplane, and where cargo operations are conducted;
  2. Landside – Provide for adequately lighted access roads and parking areas for safety and security of pedestrians and vehicles;v
  3. Adjacent Development – Provide guidance for lighting in the vicinity of the airport (including areas outside the airport property line), while also taking into account the special needs of the airport environment, such as height restrictions and potential light interference with air traffic controller and/or pilot vision.

The scope of outdoor lighting in the airport environment includes aircraft stands and apron areas, roadways, vehicular parking facilities, passenger loading and unloading areas as well as pedestrian walkways.

Softcover or Digital PDF: 73 pages
Publisher: Illuminating Engineering Society (2015)
SKU: RP-37-15
ISBN-13: 978-0-87995-322-5
Dimensions: 8½” x 11″

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 11 x 8.5 x .25 in
Format

Digital, Softcover

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Characteristics of Airport Areas
  • Visual Issues
  • Design Criteria
  • Essential Safety and Security Lighting
  • Essential Safety and Security Lighting
  • Annex A – Luminance and Illuminance Values for Roadway Lighting
  • Annex B – Field Measurements and Performance Evaluations of Apron Lighting
  • Annex C – Maintenance Considerations
  • Annex D – Lighting Equipment
  • Annex E – Economics
  • Annex F – Glossary
  • Annex G – References
  • Annex H – Additional Suggested Reading
  • Annex I – General Lighting Terms

Reviews

“Safety is of utmost importance in aviation travel, which is why anyone involved in outdoor lighting of an airport should be knowledgeable about the recommendations in RP-37-15. It is vital that they fully understand the impact of airside and land side lighting to eliminate or minimize the production of glare that would affect control tower operators or pilots.”
Richard Larivée, ing. P.Eng,
Sub-Chair of the Aviation Recommended Practices Subcommittee of the IES Aviation Lighting Committee.

“Outdoor Lighting for Airport Environments (RP-37-15) has been needed for a long time. For years, we have had to glean through a myriad of various resources to apply sound lighting principles in the airport environment. Now we have one-stop shopping!”
Carl Johnson,
Senior Aviation Lighting Specialist, AVCON, INC.