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you can see the aircraft 20-plus miles out
because of the wig-wag of the lights."
From GA and kit planes to
military missions, and more
AeroLEDs entered the general aviation
aircraft market in 2009 when it received its first
STC for the SunSpot 36 landing light installed
on a Cessna 180. Since then, the company has
earned an AML for nearly 15 landing lights,
all variations on PAR 36 and PAR 46 sizes,
on more than 600 Part 23 aircraft makes and
models.
American Champion, Aviat Aircraft,
Beechcraft and Pilatus are among AeroLEDs'
general aviation OEM customers. Its
experimental OEMs include Van's Aircraft,
Zenith Aircraft, Lancair and Kitfox.
"We have designed multiple unique lights
for Pilatus," Calvin said. "We've worked on
projects for Lockheed, the U.S. Air Force and
U.S. Navy. We're working on a project with
Airbus right now. Along with the military
applications, helicopters and special use
aircraft, AeroLEDs is aggressively pursuing
new frontiers."
Aircraft owner-operators and kit builders can
purchase AeroLEDs' products through resellers
such as Aircraft Spruce, Knots2U, McFarlane
Aviation and Sporty's Pilot Shop.
"Part of the reason we got involved in
aircraft lighting is because lighting had not
changed for nearly 60 years," said Susan
Calvin, operations manager. "It had been the
same type of incandescent and xenon strobe
lights on the wing tips for decades. To us,
lighting always seemed like an afterthought on
aircraft. It was something that was necessary.
You have these beautiful airplanes that take a
lot of time and money to build. Then, at the
very end, they add archaic lights that consume
a lot of power and aren't very reliable.
"When LEDs became bright enough and
reliable enough for aviation, we looked at
improving their function, performance and
aesthetics to streamline and enhance the
aircraft. It's why I consider our lights an art." q
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A technician assembles MicroSun landing lights and taxi lights with wig-wag.

A technician installs a SunSpot 36 PCx landing light on a Pilatus PC-12.



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