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Heliport System Controller,
Heliport Radio Controller

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General Description
Flight Light's heliport system controller is designed to provide complete control of heliport lighting systems. Lighting control can be provided by a low voltage DC signal, which is safer than higher voltage AC control signals. This low power design allows systems to be run entirely on solar power. The controller activates the output by internal on/off switch, or options such as an external on/off switch, photocell, programmable timer, or VHF radio control. The system is fully protected from input transients, output overload, over-voltage, and over-temperature conditions. The watertight NEMA 4 compliant enclosure and lock provides protection from adverse weather and security from unauthorized access.

Heliport System Controller Benefits
- Low voltage DC is inherently safer than AC controlled systems.
Lower Maintenance Costs
- Fully integrated control and power distribution system simplifies system setup and maintenance.
Lower Power and Operating Costs
- Solar power option utilizes free renewable energy for the utmost in long term savings and environmental friendliness.
- Ability to control the system operation by various means: on/off switch, photocell, timer, and radio control.
- Lights can be dimmed at night to reduce glare.

• Low voltage DC or AC output control.
• Solar power option available.
• Dimming option available - brightness control selector allows lights to be dimmed at night to reduce glare.
• Universal operating input voltage: 85-265 VAC, 47-63 Hz.
• Simple operation: internal on/off power switch.
• DC output power options: extend output power capability from 150W (standard) to 300W.
• AC output power options: increase breaker size from 20A (standard) to 30A (120V output only). Note: for 240V output, 10A breaker standard.
• 300W maximum output for Solar Powered version.
• Wide operating temperature range: -10°C to + 55°C.
• Input transient protection.
• Output overload and over-voltage protection.
• Superior Surge Suppression supplied with a 70kA 8/20uS surge current rating which complies with UL1449 (US & Canada), IEC 61643-1 and CSA C22.2 No. 8-M1986. A Visual Fault Indicator provides feedback to the user when a surge is detected. The Surge Suppressor used includes a thermal disconnect compliant to UL-60691.
• Circuit Breakers have 10kA short circuit withstanding capacity and are compliant with UL508 and C22.2 No. 14.
• Over-temperature shut-down protection.
• ANSI 61 Gray powder coat.
• Weatherproof NEMA 4 enclosure with security lock.

Heliport System Controller

Chart of Valid FAA Frequencies

For ordering codes: HL-HSC-(AC1,AC2,AC3)-AC-(RC,RCRA) please see Heliport Radio Controller.
Not all features and options of Heliport System Controller are available with Heliport Radio Controller.

Heliport System Controller Options

Photocell Option
Use of a photocell is recommended for dusk-to-dawn control of operations of non-solar-powered systems. Photocell is supplied in a UL stabilized high-impact polypropylene housing which contains the cadmium sulfide light sensitive element. Surge protection is provided by a metal oxide varistor rated at 320 joule. It turns on at 1-3 foot candles, has a minimum rated life of 5,000 operations, and an operating temperature range of -40°F to 170°F. Measures 3.07" diameter by 2.15" high.

Programmable Timer Option
The programmable timer option is recommended for precise control of operating times. The programmable timer is a 12 hour, 8 event clock based timer. Multiple on/off times may be programmed into the timer. Each day can be programmed with its own unique timing pattern. An internal battery is capable of maintaining the clock and program memory for up to 3 months without external power.

Radio Control Option w/wo Remote Antenna
The radio control option allows activation of lighting by pilots as they approach the heliport. Pilots may control the lighting with key clicks from their AM transceiver over the VHF aircraft frequency band. System features include: up to 5 mile operating range (depends on antenna height and a clear line of sight), user selected operating frequency (factory set between 118.0 and 137.0 MHz in 25 KHz increments), optional response settings (system may be set to respond to 3, 5, or 7 clicks), and adjustable activation duration (user programmable from 1 to 35 minutes in 1 minute intervals). The standard version includes an antenna which mounts on the controller enclosure. The receiver with remote antenna option comes with an antenna, antenna mount, 30' RG58 cable, and surge suppressor.

Dimming Option
With the dimming option, the lights can be dimmed at night to reduce glare. Three brightness levels can be selected.

Radio Controlled Dimming Option
The Dimming Radio Controller allows pilots to control light intensity by clicking their microphone on and off over the VHF aircraft frequency band. Pilots can reduce glare and adjust system brightness by selecting from low (3 clicks), medium (5 clicks) or high intensity (7 clicks) which provides 25%, 50%, or 100% output as they approach the heliport. System features include: up to 5 mile operating range (depending on antenna height and line of sight), user selected operating frequency (factory set between 118.0 and 137.0 MHz in 25 KHz increments) and adjustable activation duration (user programmable from 1 to 35 minutes in 1 minute intervals).

Output Power Options
The standard DC output model supplies up to 150 watts of power and is capable of controlling most small heliport lighting systems. For larger heliports, the power option may be added, extending the output power capability to 300 watts. The standard AC output model has a 20A breaker. The breaker size can be increased to 30A to accommodate larger loads.

Solar Power Option
The solar power option equips the system to run with free, renewable energy from the sun. Unprecedented in the industry, this green feature is the ideal long-term investment. Ongoing savings afforded by utilizing solar energy are calculated over the lifetime of the installation. The maximum output power is 300 watts, which will drive up to 48 LED fixtures.

Heliport Radio Controller

The Flight Light Radio Controller is designed to provide pilots direct, unassisted air-to-ground control of airfield lighting, heliport lighting, or approach guidance power circuits. Pilots activate lights from the air with key clicks from a VHF AM aircraft band radio. The controller uses a high precision radio to prevent false triggering.

Radio Controllers save power and extend fixture lamp life by only activating the lights when you need them. The standard version can switch a 120VAC load up to 20A (2400W), and is commonly used on private airstrips, general aviation airports, helipads, and airfields without a control tower.

• Highly selective VHF receiver uses frequency synthesized, triple tuned circuitry and is factory set between 118.0 and 137.0MHz in 25Khz increments.
• Range: up to 5 miles (depending on antenna height and a clear line of sight to pilot).
• Solid state relay for 120VAC, 20A (2400W) output load.
• User configured to respond to 3, 5, or 7 clicks and activation duration from 1 to 35 minutes.
• Manual override switch to activate lighting circuit locally.
• Status indicators for Power, Signal and Active.
• ANSI 61 Gray powder coat.
• Weatherproof NEMA 4 enclosure with security lock.

• Remote antenna with mount, 30' cable, and surge suppressor.
• FAA style photocell for outdoor installations, prevents daylight activation.

Radio Controller Frequently Asked Questions
What input voltages can the controller run on?
The Radio Controller operates on 120V (60HZ), 240V (60HZ) or 220V (50HZ).

What output does the Radio Controller supply?
The Radio Controller can be configured to have 120VAC, 220VAC and 240VAC output. Other options are available upon request.

How many light fixtures can be connected to the Radio Controller?
It depends on the wattage of the light fixtures. The standard Radio Controller circuit breaker can supply up to 20 amperes of AC current. Using the formula (Power = Voltage * Current) will help you calculate the number of fixtures the controller will supply.

What is the radio frequency range used in the Controller?
The standard radio frequency is 118-137 MHz. Other frequencies are available upon request.

How is the Radio Controller turned on and off?
The Radio Controller is activated by 3, 5 or 7 quick clicks by the pilot's microphone on the receiver's frequency. The Radio Controller can also be turned on and off with a photocell.

What is the range of the Radio Controller receiver?
Depending on atmospheric conditions, the receiver can work up to 5 miles based on the antenna line of sight.

Simple Wiring Configuration

Chart of Valid FAA Frequencies

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