Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has announced the development of a low-cost lighting system which will increase the safety of general aviation airports and cut costs.

According to the university’s researchers, one of the leading causes of general aviation fatalities is incorrect aircraft maneuvering and landing, especially during evening and night-time hours. Embry-Riddle, with other university partners, has developed portable remote airport lighting system that uses LED lights and retro-reflective markers. The system is designed with remote rural airports with no access to an electrical grid.

“In the present economy airports are looking for ways to cut costs while still maintaining high safety standards,” said Chris Grant, director of Embry-Riddle’s research team. “Considering a standard FAA-approved lighting system can cost anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million, our test system is a bargain at $3,000.”

Source: Flight International