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2013 Pavement Edge Light Safety System

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on 18 September 2015

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Transcript of 2013 Pavement Edge Light Safety System

For over 60 years, boundary edge illumination has been limited to a single point of illumination. The Pavement Edge Light Safety System provides a much needed improvement to the traditional “nodes of light” visual cue by adding an illuminated horizontal linear bar that is aligned with the pavement edge.
Pavement Edge Light Safety System
PELSS
Visual Enhancement to Airfield Lighting
NTSB
The National Transportation Safety Board has identified situational awareness of pilots about an airport as a main contributor to runway incursions around the world; in 2012, this issue topped the NTSB “Most Wanted” list.
Individual nodes of light can become confusing at night, during reduced visibility periods or when approaching the lights from an angle out of alignment with the runway or taxiway. At larger airports, these lights may appear as a “sea” of random lights which may not provide adequate visual cues for pilots to easily navigate around the airport.
The addition of a linear light source to existing taxiway light fixtures provides information related to both the location and the orientation of the pavement edge.
The number of incidents, accidents, incursions, and excursions that occur each year would be greatly reduced by improving the ability of pilots to quickly recognize safe runway exit


locations and to better recognize the
runway/taxiway intersections they are approaching.
Linear lighting segments provide an additional visual cue related to the orientation of the boundary or pavement edge. Overall situational awareness is improved by allowing the pavement boundaries to be recognized quickly and easily.
Although subtle, from a distance the human brain can interpolate the actual boundary edge from this additional visual cue.
Luminaerospace, LLC
Members of Luminaerospace, LLC are comprised of both aviation professionals and experienced passengers who recognized the need for improved boundary recognition.
Luminaerospace, LLC was founded in 2010 as an intellectual property holding company for the patents related to elevated linear lighting segments.
Luminaerospace, LLC began testing this new lighting fixture at Ohio’s Cleveland Hopkins Airport (CLE) in February of 2013. The enhanced design provides more than just single blue lights at the edge of taxiways.
Instead, PELSS incorporates a pair of illuminated arms extending from both sides of the existing blue light that are aligned with the direction of the taxiway.
This allows pilots to intuitively recognize the actual pavement edges at night and/or in inclement weather. The new lights improve pilot situational awareness even in good weather.
USA - Issued June 4, 2013
Europe - Pending
China - Pending
Brazil - Pending
Canada - Pending
Patent Status
The need for an improved boundary edge light has been recognized by pilots, airport personnel and passengers. The enhancement of this Pavement Edge Light Safety System has been embraced by the aviation community.
It is the mission of Luminaerospace, LLC to license this technology to existing airport lighting manufacturers and to pursue FAA approval of elevated linear lighting specifications.
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