LAX to Get New Runway Warning System

17 February 2010 (Last Updated February 17th, 2010 18:30)

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will install a runway safety status lights (RWSL) system at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). According to LAWA, the RWSL system will increase the overall safety of aircraft operations at LAX and help

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will install a runway safety status lights (RWSL) system at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

According to LAWA, the RWSL system will increase the overall safety of aircraft operations at LAX and help to reduce the risk of runway collisions.

The RWSL system will use a series of red lights embedded in the airfield pavement to warn pilots about potential runway safety hazards, by indicating whether it is unsafe to cross or enter a runway.

The lighting system will work in support of an Airport Surface Detection Equipment Model-X (ASDE-X) ground radar.

The ASDE-X radar will collect data and provide the air traffic controllers with colour map displays, indicating locations of all aircraft and vehicles on the runways and taxiways.

The FAA will also install runway entrance lights (RELs) at 11 new taxiway locations and takeoff hold lights (THL) in one new runway location.

The FAA expects to complete the installation projects at LAX by 2012, on an accelerated implementation schedule.