Flash Products

Airfield Lighting Control System

Wireless Control of Solar Airfield Products

Benefit from maximum runway usage while minimizing energy expenditure and increasing the performance capabilities of your airfield lighting system. Flash Technology’s solar airfield lighting products can be managed using a variety of wireless airfield lighting control systems. Airfield operator and pilot controlled lighting systems allow remote activation of your airfield’s lights and their intensity. Options include ARCAL pilot activated lighting and handheld control. Gain instantaneous control of an unlimited number of airfield products from over 2.5 miles (4 km) away.

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ARCAL Digital Radio Control

Ideal for unmanned airfields and control towers, ARCAL allows pilots to activate and manage the intensity of airfield lights on approach. The Flash ARCAL pilot activated lighting system provides air-to-ground (Type I) radio control of Flash solar airfield products. The pilot controlled lighting system allows for remote activation of your airfield’s lights and their intensity by keying the microphone button of the pilot’s standard VHF communication transmitter. Airport operators benefit from maximum runway usage while minimizing energy expenditure and increasing the performance capabilities of our solar airfield products.

 

  • Designed for outdoor, unattended all-weather operation
  • Eliminates costly trenching and installation of control lines to remote facilities
  • No special airborne equipment or adapters required
  • Lights are activated remotely from the air and remain on at the selected intensity for a period of 15 minutes; additional timer settings of 1, 30, 45 and 60 minutes are available
  • Receiver may be programmed to operate on any frequency in the specified VHF range between 118.0 to 136.0 MHz
  • Selectable decoder enable/disable prevents multiple relay operation during normal daytime operations
  • Optional remote maintenance module (RMM) available
  • Configurable to Type J or Type K ARCAL via DIP switch selection (Canada)

Compliance

  • FAA L-854 AC 150/5345-49 (current edition), ETL certified
  • FCC 47 CFR, Part 15:2007 (Class A)
  • ICAO Aerodrome Design Manual, Part 5 para. 3.4.6
  • Canada TP 312 – Aerodromes Standards and Recommended Practices

 

Handheld Controller

Wirelessly control Flash’s solar airfield lighting system from up to 2.5 miles (4 km) away.

  • Instantaneous control of an unlimited number of airfield products
  • Individual communication with each light
  • Separately control up to 8 groups of lights
  • Uninterrupted, secure, MIL-grade encryption
  • Weatherproof back-lit LED keypad and LED indicators designed for use with gloves
  • Removable, replaceable antenna

Wireless Control
Enables remote operation of an airfield lighting system including mode changes for enhanced visibility in poor weather conditions, or blackout and infrared (NVG) modes in response to an immediate threat.

 

Multiple Configuration Options
Secure, password-protected communications where one or more controllers can be keyed to a system of lights.

 

Versatile Interface
Contains a radio modem, supporting electronics and external serial interface. It also supports an interface suitable for connecting to an off-the-shelf, standalone aviation band VHF receiver (ARCAL) to facilitate pilot controlled lighting operation.

 

Rugged, Weatherproof Design
Tested to Condition B, Method 104A of MIL-STD-202F for moisture resistance. Reliable operations in temperatures ranging from -40 to 140 °F (-40 to 60 °C).

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    ARCAL Digital Radio Control

    Receiver
    Single-conversion superheterodyne design
    Adjustable sensitivity from 1 to 30 microvolts permitting a control range of 1-20 miles (1.6-32 km)
    Commands
    3 intensity settings controlled by a series of 3, 5 or 7 microphone button clicks from the pilot
    Input Voltage
    12 VDC (11 max VA*)
    120 VAC (15 max VA**)
    240 VAC (18 max VA**)
    Output
    3 A-relay contact rating, 0 to 3 amps
    Frequency
    118.0 to 136.0 MHz VHF
    Digital control electronics allow operating frequency to be easily reprogrammed by the user
    Construction
    NEMA 4 (indoor/outdoor) enclosure
    Built-in speaker with volume control
    Omnidirectional ground-plane antenna with an additional 50′ of cable for remote mounting
    Operating Temperature
    -67 to 131 °F (-55 to 55 °C)
    Humidity
    0 to 100%
    Altitude
    0 to 2000 m (0 to 6,600 ft)
    Dimensions
    12 x 10 x 8″ (305 x 254 x 203 mm)
    Weight
    21 lbs (9.5 kg)

    *Typical standby power is 4 VA at 12VDC for calculating solar power automony.
    **120 or 240 VAC +/- 10%

     
    Configuration

    Model
    Power
    Antenna
    ARCAL
    12 VDC
    120 VAC
    240 VAC
    Top mount
    Remote mount

     

    Handheld Controller

    Control Range
    Up to 2.5 miles (4 km)
    Individual Groups
    1-8
    Frequency
    900 MHz ISM point-to-multipoint; others available, please inquire
    Encryption
    Up to 256 bit AES encryption
    Control Tower Integration
    Via RS-232 connector (included)
    Pilot Activated Lighting
    Via ARCAL connector (included)
    Password Protection
    User and admin modes
    Operation
    12 hrs of continuous use on single charge (1 operation/min)
    1250 hrs of storage on a single charge
    Modes
    Visible, IR (NVG), flashing, steady on, standby, off, autonomous, temporary, emergency, diagnose
    Antenna
    Removable antenna included
    External antenna options
    Battery
    Lithium-ion, long cycle life
    3.75 V, 6.8 Ahr
    Battery status indicators
    Universal battery charger included
    Construction
    Powder-coated aluminum
    Backlit, waterproof, silicone keypad
    Operating Temperature
    -40 to 140 °F (-40 to 60 °C)
    Storage Temperature
    -40 to 140 °F (-40 to 60 °C)
    Weight
    3 lbs (1.4 kg)
    Ingress
    Waterproof, vented battery compartment
    MIL-STD-202, Method 104A for immersion
    Compliance
    FCC, ANATEL

     

    Datasheet

    ARCAL pilot activated lighting datasheet
    Handheld Controller datasheet

     

    Current Manual

    ARCAL pilot-activated lighting manual Rev J
    Handheld Controller manual Rev F
    Manuals for older product revisions can be found in the Knowledge Base.