By Casey Carlson
MnDOT Aeronautics NavAids Airport Lighting Coordinator 

Pilot-Controlled Lighting Tips, Reporting Needs

Here's How To Avoid Click, Click, Click, Then Nothing


Most folks who are not involved with aviation wouldn't know that a radio pulse sequence is used to "key-up" the runway lighting system, as the pilot is on approach. The average citizen may think that the pilot "calls" down with their radio to somebody at the tower or A/D building and instructs them to "turn on the lights." Of course, in the aero world we know this is not the case because most airports don't have staff present around the clock.

The Pilot Controlled Lighting system puts the power into the pilot's hands – to control the airport lighting system on the ground, from the aircra...

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