Warm Greetings From Dallas,
It's a privilege to post on FL350, and great to be in the universal company of fellow aviation enthusiasts!
My question and desire is to acquire detailed information on the lead-in lights used in the famous Canarsie-Parkway visual approach into runway 13L.
More specifically, I have been attempting rather unsuccessfully via the web and printed sources to learn more about the design, manufacture, procurement, installation, and engineering design of this specific lead in light system. Anyone have detailed pictures of their placement? Anyone know who manufactured them, installed them, and who maintains them currently? Any ideas on how and where to get this information? Are they on frangible masts or are they on hardened steel or aluminum structures? What is the surrounding topography and urban development like?
Anyone have any cockpit videos (day or night) with the lead-in lights in operation?? Any pilots capable of capturing such film? Pilots on this route: Can you please provide feedback with the usefullness and operational effectiveness of this design? Are the amount and frequency of lights suitable and adequate? What changes to the visual lighting aspect of the procedure would you change if necessary?
OK, my approach lighting fetish started when I was but a youth: fond young memories of driving on highways past airport perimeters with giant orange steel towers topped off with lights and strobes to help guide in giant aluminum tubes with wings. Yeah, I wanted part of that life!!!!!!!!! Are there any other approach light fans/addicts out there?? LET US UNITE AND BE HEARD ha ha haa
In my various travels around the world as an aviation enthusiast and as one gently holding the yoke, I found the subtle variances in approach lighting designs by region, nation, and continent to be fascinating. One example: Did you know that in Sweden, due to the placement and location of airports within fjords, the mountainous terrain around airports can make approaches from certain headings difficult or dangerous, particularly in poor weather conditions. To ensure a safe approach under challenging low visual conditions, Norwegian airports use a series of ground lights, laid out in arcs, that safely guide the pilot in a specific flight path to the end of the runway. Sweden also has strobe and non-strobe lighting in circles used to direct aircraft in and around fjords on non-standard missed approaches. These circling approach systems are manufactured and supplied by Siemens Aviation Lighting division. So, if you are still in school and seeking a career that would take you to approach ends of runways all around the world, look into becoming an approach lighting Salesman or Engineer!
More unique applications: The Brits have a few military approach lighting applications, such as RAF Upper Hayford and RAF Fairford that have lighting mounted on wooden masts. Calvert approach lighting systems and T-Bar approach lighting systems in different configurations are the CAA's contribution to the world and science of visual lighting systems.
Japan has some custom lead-in light applications. Miliatary airports around the world use strobe lead-in lights for straight-in and curved approaches to guide around terrain and residentially-noise sensitive areas. The old Kai-Tak approach used lead-in lights for the curved turn on final. Great scenery available now for you Flight Simulation junkies out there recreating the Kai Tak approach; just be sure to crank up the wind, clouds, and rain for that monsoon experience! :0)
Again, please contribute any information on the JFK Lead-in lights that you have, or just share your own thoughts or experiences with approach lighting in general. REMEMBER: It is NOT a crime to be fascinated with approach lighting design and execution!! :0)