Pilot-controlled lighting for GA airfields

The CAA has given permission for licensed aerodromes to introduce pilot-controlled lighting systems.

Until now, pilot-controlled lighting at licensed aerodromes was reserved solely for the emergency services. However, unlicensed aerodromes have been using pilot-controlled lighting technology for a number of years.

Details of the CAA’s policy change will be made available during this weekend’s LAA Rally at Sywell Aerodrome (29-31 Aug). The change follows a consultation with the aviation community. Aerodromes which already have pilot controlled lighting technology installed for the emergency services can now extend its use to all pilots, once an appropriate method of operation has been agreed between the aerodrome and pilot users.

Aerodromes yet to install the technology will need to submit a proposal to the CAA. The regulator has published details of the criteria aerodromes should follow in an Information Notice IN 2014-143. Details of the consultation, including comment responses are available at www.caa.co.uk/consultation