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.