Parma Municipal Airport – Idaho
In early 2018, the City of Parma installed Flash Technology solar runway lights and runway threshold lights at Parma Municipal Airport. Part of a larger airport viability upgrade, the lights expand the airport’s nighttime capabilities, allowing take-offs and landings all day and night.
Funded by the Idaho Airport Aid Program, this allocation program helps further develop Idaho airports that aren’t eligible for federal airport funding. Along with a runway extension set to start in the next two years, these upgrades will make the airport more viable for Parma’s local agricultural industry.
The airport is the first in Idaho to use solar-powered runway lighting, and the first to enjoy its advantages. The lights use no electrical wiring, so require no trenching. The entire installation took less than half a day and Parma Airport saved about 60% on the upfront cost of their installation. They will pay no electricity or utility costs for the life of their runway lighting system.