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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has announced $200 million in airfield lighting upgrades across America, $30.6 million of which will be distributed to Denver International Airport. This will help reduce issues at many airports, including close calls between aircrafts during landing and takeoff.
“The projects will purchase and install new lighting for runways and taxiways to keep operations safe during reduced and low visibility and night conditions,” the FAA says in a statement.
Well-lit runways provide visual cues for safe touchdown and allows pilots to judge distance and height accurately, ensuring runway alignment. In challenging weather or at night, powerful runway lights enhance visibility and minimize hazards. Without proper lighting, pilots struggle to discern runway details. Lighting prevents landing mishaps, ensuring safe landings and instilling passenger confidence in secure journeys.
This comes one month after $121 million was allocated to the runway and taxiway projects across the country. As well as $100 million to U.S. airports for additional airfield projects just a few months prior.
“Ensuring our pilots can safely navigate runways and taxiways with adequate and improved lighting systems is a top priority as we continue our focus on runway safety initiatives,” FAA Associate Administrator for Airports Shannetta Griffin says.