atg airports is officially launching IRIS, the world’s latest internationally compliant AGL (airfield ground lighting) LED.
The UK based airfield lighting specialist is in the middle of a series of events which unveil its new IRIS lighting system to UK airport professionals throughout July 2013. Those held at Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and Heathrow Airports have already taken place but two more are scheduled at Edinburgh and Belfast which will take place on Wednesday July 10, 2013 and Thursday July 11, 2013 respectively.
The company says the product will then be available worldwide following the issuing of final FAA compliance certification. The manufacturer says FAA testing is already 95% complete and final FAA paperwork is anticipated by the end of August 2013.
Kevin Armstrong, atg’s Sales Director, commented: “We are revolutionising the market for airfield lighting with IRIS and are delighted with the amount of interest and substantial pre-orders received from airport operators. We are heavily investing in new production facilities dedicated to the IRIS range.”
He added “Our objective was to create a brand new LED fitting that would not only be world class in terms of performance, but also ultra-reliable and easy to maintain. At a time when airports everywhere are making an effort to reduce their carbon emissions and airfield maintenance costs, IRIS will help them achieve this.”
The company says one of the major attractions of IRIS is the environmental benefits it brings to airport operators looking to adhere to green standards set by the ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme. IRIS is designed to be recycled, LED’s reduce power consumption (resulting in less carbon dioxide emissions) and the fitting uses an internal closed loop control system, which monitors LED parameters, maintaining a consistent light output throughout the life of the fitting.
In addition, atg says potential impact damage to aircraft landing gear is reduced with IRIS because the fitting’s height above the pavement surface is reduced from 12mm to less than 6mm. It adds IRIS has no negative slope which means there is nowhere for water retention or dirt to build up in front of the prism, this means that its photometrics are optimised for all operating conditions.
The company also emphasizes that a great deal of consideration has gone into the design of IRIS in order to reduce maintenance costs. The new product is assembled with minimum parts and interchangeable arrays, allowing airfield engineers to save on maintenance time and reduce the amount of spare parts needed. atg also points out how IRIS fits into existing airfield architecture, saying it allows a quick changeover from old tungsten halogen to the new IRIS LED lights.