13 February, 2018: Duncan Aviation, an aircraft service provider lately completed the installation of LoPresti Aviation’s BoomBeam High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting system in a Phenom 300, the first in the industry to receive the lighting upgrade.
The technicians at Duncan Aviation installation worked with LoPresti engineers to develop and receive an installation deviation approval to avoid removing the aircraft’s fairings.
“The paint design on this Phenom aircraft has four different colors, some which are hard to match,” explains Duncan Aviation Project Manager Mark Davis. “So it was important to the customer to keep the fairings in place, therefore keeping the integrity of his paint scheme intact.”
The BoomBeam HID lighting system replaces older technology while providing lights that produce three to 15 times more light, engineered specifically for each model aircraft. Benefits of the BoomBeam HID lighting system include increased safety, reduced electrical load and heat output, decreased AOG time for lighting issues as there are no filaments to break, and a color that more closely approximates natural daylight. The system also comes with a five-year/5,000-hour warranty.
The BoomBeam HID landing and taxi light system for the Phenom 300 aircraft features dual light array landing light pods, taking a four-light system to a more robust six-light system. The combined light output from all six lights on this system considerably increases the aircraft safety. With the extended range, pilots have more time to see and avoid possible wildlife or obstancles on the runway during night operations.
“I am very happy with the system,” says Luke Krepsky, Aircraft Manager with Exec Aire, LLC. “In addition to the extra time viewing the runway on landing, on the ground, the light pattern extends farther and wider than the stock lights, a very welcome addition for anyone operating at airports with dark ramp and taxiways. The additional two lights allow for MEL flexibility, and the HID system has high expected reliability.”
Krepsky says, “Our airport has a deer issue … several times I have had deer just within view on the side of the runway, too late to react if they would have been in my path. My very first night operation with the new system, after being amazed with the view of the runway, I was greeted by four deer crossing the taxiway in front of the aircraft. They would not have been visible with the stock lights, and I was able to warn the inbound aircraft of the potential deer near the threshold.”