Hessling, A., "Conclusive Aircraft Lighting Approach for Reducing Maintenance and Improving Safety," SAE Int. J. Aerosp. 7(1):59-64, 2014, doi:10.4271/2014-01-2123.
Advanced technologies in LED's have the potential to reduce maintenance and improve aircraft safety.Aircrafts need adequate illumination for night time landing. New technology such as high-power LEDs allow for better suited light distributions, more whitish light compatible for mesopic lighting conditions and reduced glare in adverse weather conditions. LEDs and the associated electronics are more susceptible to harsh environmental conditions and this needs to be accounted for in the design of the equipment.Highly conductive metal core PCBs (MCPCB) allow for adequate cooling in a mirror telescopic optical arrangement when coupled with robust active cooling. Closed loop optical feedback of output flux ensures constant performance over the lifetime of the light unit and allows for indication of remaining useful life to the operator to plan maintenance activities. Parylene coating inhibits premature degradation of the LEDs induced by water vapor and corrosive gases.