Working with Airport Lighting Systems

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This training provides fundamental knowledge that anyone working with airport lighting systems must know to keep themselves and their airport safe.  Photometric, electrical, and mechanical maintenance issues are presented as well as FAA EB 83A requirements and considerations, along with other precautions you should be aware of to keep you safe. Examine the basic systems and the critical safety visual signals provided to the pilot and important preventative maintenance practices required.  

All registrants will receive recordings of the training to view at their convenience for 90 days from their purchase.

Part 1 includes the following:

  • How we specify the performance requirements of airport lighting equipment
  • The terminology we use in defining light output
  • What are the four characteristics that define the quality of a light source?
  • The requirements for airport lighting and preventative maintenance
  • The function of FAA Advisory Circulars
  • What qualifications are required of those who maintain airport lighting systems?
  • Fundamentals of the airport lighting series circuit.
  • What about voltages on a constant current series circuit?
  • Why a series circuit should always be deenergized when maintenance is being performed on it?

Part 2 includes the following:

  • FAA specified systems and performance requirements.
  • LED light sources require changes in the performance requirements
  • Controlling LED fixture brightness using PWM (Pulse Width Modulation).
  • Military Lighting requirements
  • Mounting Bases for all applications.
  • EB83A
    • Clarifications and ramifications of changes
    • Torque/Tension relationship
    • Fasteners that meet the requirements
    • Tools and helpful hints for installation and maintenance


This virtual training is $225 for the two session series.

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Mary Baeten

MCB Industries
De Pere, WI

Mary Baeten is President of MCB Industries, Inc. a company she started to solve fastener problems found in airfield lighting. She attended Northeast Wisconsin Technical College for their Prototype and Design program and is a graduate of both St. Norbert College and Northern Illinois University. She also worked at IBM as a Customer Engineer servicing copiers, typewriters and IPE equipment. She also worked for Chronatron Welding systems and graduated from their welding classes. Mary has been working in the industrial maintenance field for 20 years and has concentrated her efforts in solving fastener problems for airfield lighting for the last 15 years. She has presented at both IESALC and CANEW, organizations that specialize in airfield lighting. She has designed several new fastening systems to ensure that the light fixtures remain connected to the airfield light bases. In addition, MCB Industries has conducted extensive testing on innovative improvements that make for safer bolted connections of airport lighting. Within the airfield lighting community she has earned the nickname "Mary Queen of Bolts" for her extensive knowledge of bolts and bolted joints.


Seward Ford

Visual Aids Services
Windsor, CT

Seward Ford is a graduate electrical engineer and has been associated with the airport. Lighting industry for nearly 50 years. He was employed by Crouse-Hinds Airport Lighting Products for a number of years holding various positions during his tenure including Manager of Engineering and Marketing Manager. Mr. Ford is currently President of Visual Aids Services that provides various support and consulting services for the visual aids industry. He has worked on several FAA development projects including an LED RWSL system that utilized a more efficient power distribution system. He currently works as an instructor for the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Airport lighting Maintenance ACE Course and is an associate of Navaid Lighting Associates, providing specialized training and consulting in all phases of the airport lighting industry. He was technical advisor for 10 years to the United States IEC subcommittee TC 97 which is generating recognized worldwide standards for airport lighting. Mr. Ford is a member emeritus and past chairman of the Illuminating Engineering Society Airport Lighting Committee. He chaired the Illuminating Engineering Society subcommittee that formulated with FAA the industry third party testing program for certification of airfield lighting products to FAA advisory circulars qualification requirements. He has worked on the upgrading and development of various FAA Advisory Circulars and has contributed a number of technical papers during his career.