Facility Class 1: Operational and Training Facilities,
Category Group 13: Air Navigation and Traffic Aids Building
Item and Allowance
Airfield and Heliport Pavement Lighting Systems
Lighting systems along both sides and the approaches of airport and heliport pavements. It
excludes airfield perimeter lighting, security lighting, street lighting, and other general
Airfield and heliport lighting systems will include only the lighting facilities required for support
of aircraft operational areas. Controls and equipment vault facilities will be included as
necessary to provide a complete and usable system. Design and equipment will conform to
criteria contained in TM 5-811-5, Army Aviation Lighting, AFMAN 32-1076, Visual Air
Navigation Facilities, and NAVAIR 51-50-AAA-2, General Requirements for Shore Based
Airfield Marking and Lighting. For programming purposes, runway, taxiway, hoverlane, and
approach lighting requirements will be designated in linear meters [feet] (based on runway
centerline length measurements). Helipad lighting will be designated in linear meters [feet] of a
Lighting consisting of two configurations of lights, one that defines the lateral (side)
limits of the runway, and the other that defines the longitudinal threshold (end)
limits of the runway. The lateral lights are called runway edge lighting and emit
white light. The longitudinal lights are called inboard and winged-out threshold
lighting. Each threshold fixture emits both red and green light. A medium-intensity
system is approximately 45 watts, while a high-intensity system is approximately
200 watts. Floodlights to illuminate hoverpoints are included also.
A runway lighting system consisting of runway edge lighting and threshold lighting
will be authorized at airfields and/or heliports with surfaced runways.
a. Medium intensity lighting with brightness control will be provided on
noninstrument runways where justified for flight operations conducted under Visual
Flight Rules (VFR).
b. High intensity lighting with brightness control will be authorized on runways
used for flight operations under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).