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FAA Issues Extension for Infrared Obstruction Lights

In March 2019, the FAA issued AC 150/5345-43J, outlining 17 changes to the technical specifications governing aircraft warning lights. Six principal changes integrated infrared standards to FAA obstruction light regulations for night vision goggle (NVG) and night vision imaging systems (NVIS) compatibility.  The original effective date of these technical changes was March 11, 2020, however the FAA has issued a 6-month extension.


On September 11, 2020, only obstruction lights that comply with 43J standards will be listed in FAA AC 150/5345-53D, the FAA’s Airport Lighting Equipment Certification Program. At that time, all newly filed or refiled structures must employ lights listed in 53D to comply with federal lighting regulations.


Flash Technology currently has products undergoing certification testing to meet the new standards and will be available prior to the new deadline.


If you have questions on how these changes may impact your site, please call or email us.