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TECHNOLOGY
didn't have a system in place that could
accommodate them.
" It greatly enhances the safety at our
airport. It makes it more accessible in
low visibility, especially for corporate
aircraft coming in, oftentimes which at
minimums, if you don't have a
landing light system like this,
their insurance requirements
will not let them land at an
airport without guidance like
we have out there now, " said
Rick Phillips, chairman of
the board, Davidson County
Airport Authority. " As a pilot
I can tell you that coming in
on a foggy night or a night
when visibility is low, having
a MALSR system like [the
one] that's out there, which
gives you strobe lights pointing
toward the runway, I
mean, it's like a miracle versus
coming in without it. It is such
a game-changer for safety. "
Fly High Lexington FBO
Owner and Airport Manager,
Karel Van Der Linden said
without an upgraded lighting
system, the airport was
losing business to surrounding
airports.
" Because the airport is situated in
a high-traffic area between Concord
and Charlotte, it was more than necessary
to install MALSR, " he said.
Ten Years in the Making
Before the airport could get started,
they had quite a few things to consider
such as the best runway to put it on,
what land is available, obstructions
and more.
" Above anything else, to me, the
first thing would be to have a really
good consulting firm, an airport consulting
firm, that knows this stuff like
the back of their hand and have them
walk with you through it, " Phillips
said. " In my opinion, we could never
have pulled this off without having a
great consulting firm to work with. "
The consulting firm that EXX
decided to work with was Talbert,
Bright & Ellington of Charlotte.
Runway CL
10'
Runway threshold
10'
10' max
200'
10'
+1'
-0'
1,000'
+100'
-0'
1,400'
28'
12
Light stations
@ 200' 20 "
spacing
+2,400'
+100'
-0'
28'
10'
+100'
-0'
+100'
-0'
SYMBOLS
Steady
burning light, green
Steady burning light, white
Flashing light
Runway CL
This configuration is for Category I runways. The MALSR consists of a MALS plus RAIL. The
RAIL portion of the facility consists of five sequenced flashers located on the extended
runway centerline, the first being located 200 feet beyond the approach end of the MALS
with successive units located at each 200-foot interval out to 2,400 feet from the runway
threshold. These lights flash in sequence toward the threshold at the rate of twice per
second. All lights are aimed into the approach to the runway and away from the runway
threshold.
FAA
The first step in getting the MALSR
project off the ground was for the
airport to acquire the necessary land
and determine where the best place
would be to install the system.
" Then it took several years of negotiating
back and forth to finally end
up owning the property. From then, I
mean, it was just a matter of ordering
the materials and having the construction
company come in and build it, "
Phillips said. " The actual construction
of the project, I think, probably was
about one year. All the rest of the time
was prep of one nature or another. "
The largest time factor in completing
the project was working with all
the proper entities to ensure that any
and all work that was done met the
proper rules and regulations.
Because the project involved
installing light towers above the
interstate, EXX and Talbert, Bright &
Ellington needed to work very closely
with the North Carolina Department
of Transportation (NCDOT).
NCDOT's largest concern was the
location of the vertical components for
the cantilever in the overhead structures,
making sure that those were
far enough away or protected by a
guardrail or some kind of barrier if
it was needed.
In addition, the design for the
structures needed to be reviewed
internally by their structural division
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of July-August 2022

Inside the Fence
Industry Update
Supply Chain Issues, Disruptions and Their Effect on Aviation Infrastructure
Moving an Aircraft Hangar
A Guide to Concessions
Legal Matters
Remote Airport Project Implementation Takes Off
Desert Jet’s Newest Palm Springs Facility Sets the Bar High
Airport Guru
Product Profile
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July-August 2022 - PCOV2
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July-August 2022 - 2
July-August 2022 - 3
July-August 2022 - 4
July-August 2022 - Inside the Fence
July-August 2022 - Industry Update
July-August 2022 - 7
July-August 2022 - Supply Chain Issues, Disruptions and Their Effect on Aviation Infrastructure
July-August 2022 - 9
July-August 2022 - 10
July-August 2022 - 11
July-August 2022 - 12
July-August 2022 - 13
July-August 2022 - Moving an Aircraft Hangar
July-August 2022 - 15
July-August 2022 - A Guide to Concessions
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July-August 2022 - Legal Matters
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July-August 2022 - Remote Airport Project Implementation Takes Off
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July-August 2022 - Desert Jet’s Newest Palm Springs Facility Sets the Bar High
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July-August 2022 - Airport Guru
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