Informative day at French Civil Aviation Technical Service in Toulouse. Updates for the light signaling of aerial obstacles.

On November the 26th a new technical meeting was held at the STAC-DGAC (Civil Aviation Technical Service) headquarters in Toulouse, France, on the new regulations for aviation obstacles luminous beaconing. In addition to those responsible for the renowned French Test Laboratory, representatives of some of the leading manufacturers of European light signaling equipment have attended, among which IVSOLAR has been honored to be invited.

The significant growth of onshore and offshore wind farms planned for the coming years and their special impact on aircraft flight safety, make it necessary to update regulations to strengthen air traffic safety, while at the same time avoiding the discomfort and light pollution due to “bright spots” in the landscape.

New proposals are being studied in the combination of beacons as:
• Incorporation of some standard new models of lower intensity,
• Possibility of lowering the intensity of the lights depending on the degree of environmental visibility,
• Aircraft detection technologies to turn-on the lights only when the approximation of one is detected,…

These technologies that are likely to be adopted within a very short time will reduce the light impact in the surroundings of the wind installations, without prejudice to the maintenance of air safety levels. The sector will be pending the development of all these proposals and in IVSOLAR we will be happy to inform our clients of these developments.

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