S4GA manufacturer of airport lighting. 2020

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Kraków 2020-09-16

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S4GA stand, Targi Kielce. 2020 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman
S4GA stand, Targi Kielce. 2020 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman

The S4GA company is a leading producer of airport lighting in the world. It is also the only company that designs and manufactures solar (photovoltaic) airport lighting for permanent applications. Today (2020) S4GA distributes its solar runway lighting on a global scale. Thanks to this, S4GA was recognized as a reliable and perspective partner and became a state-owned enterprise. As of today, 40% of the company is owned by the Polish government.

The Polish government is investing heavily in airport infrastructure to stimulate the economy by increasing the investment attractiveness of our country. As part of this activity, Poland has invested in several innovative companies to provide domestic airports with reliable infrastructure and to provide high-quality equipment of Polish companies. S4GA is among these companies.

The S4GA company is a Polish company that produces and develops lighting systems for airports, landing areas and heliports. Its products are aimed at General Aviation airports, of which there are over 100,000 worldwide, and around 350 in Poland. The owners of the company noticed that most of these airports are unavailable at night due to the lack of lighting. At many airports, a typical cable system cannot be installed. Besides, it also requires constant maintenance, which is a big cost. Small airports usually need lighting for 2-3 hours a night for several months. The founders of Solutions4GA decided that it is possible to create a dedicated lighting system, depending on the needs of the airport user, 10 times cheaper than a stationary system.

Solutions4GA started its operations in 2011. Within two years, the owners of the company managed to create prototypes ready for production implementation. The solutions are complete lighting systems for airfields and landing areas for airplanes and helicopters. The owners obtained appropriate and necessary funds.

The system is designed and built for a specific recipient, for his individual needs. The system is based on a set of lamps that are not connected with each other by cables and wires. At the relatively large GA airport, lamps can be set up within 25-30 minutes in a car. One person will set up 30 lamps in 15 minutes. The lighting controller (flight manager, port authority) turns on the lighting using the control panel, a portable device, or as a last resort by activating the first lamp on the shore. One button is all it takes. The lamps are connected to each other by radio. Not only that, the lighting can be turned on by radio from the plane, if the plane has a suitable pilot.

The system is designed in such a way that a theoretical failure of one lamp does not activate the entire system. It is not possible to break the network.

When folded up, all lamps are placed in the trailer and with the help of handles they are kept in place while the trailer is moving. There may be diesel generators (for example, from Honda) in the trailer, even two. Lamps can also be charged via a rectifier from the airport's fixed power grid. The S4GA airport lighting trailer is a heavy duty trailer designed to work in the most extreme conditions. The S4GA trailer can accommodate up to 132 portable, battery-powered, remote-controlled airport lights. It includes a portable PAPI system, power banks for PAPI and diesel generators. All sets in trailers are personalized for a specific recipient. The size of the trailer depends on the number of system components.

S4GA, trailer. 2020 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman
S4GA, trailer. 2020 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman

S4GA, trailer and control panels. 2020 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman
S4GA, trailer and control panels. 2020 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman

S4GA, trailer. 2020 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman
S4GA, trailer. 2020 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman

S4GA, PAPI lights. 2020 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman
S4GA, PAPI lights. 2020 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman

Each lamp weighs approximately 8 kg and has its own rechargeable battery that powers the lamp for 50 hours. The lamp is waterproof, dustproof, UV resistant and due to its weight, strong wind will not knock it over. The battery is charged after the lamp is put back in its place in the trailer. There are contacts on the bottom of the lamp through which the lamp is charged.

Each lamp can also be powered by a photovoltaic panel. The lamp shines for about 4 hours after a full day of charging. After 4 hours of charging, the lamp is ready for use.

Lamps emit the appropriate color of light. As a reminder: White light marks the edge of the runway. Green and red mark the beginning and the end of the runway. The red ones are intended for marking obstacles. Blue marks the edge of the taxiway.

The S4GA offer includes mini LightBOX, a fully mobile lighting system. A case with six lamps contains a portable helipad. It can be set up in moments, for example when an emergency helicopter needs to land near the scene of an accident.

S4GA for helipad. 2020 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman
S4GA for helipad. 2020 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman

The S4GA lighting system can also be used in "large" airports when a permanent lighting system is being renovated. Illuminate temporary taxiways or terrain obstacles. The lamps meet all the requirements and are certified to be used as emergency lighting. The airport lights are certified by Intertek in accordance with ICAO Annex 14.

Solar Airfield Ground Lighting is a production hit by S4GA. This runway lighting is intended for permanent use at regional airports, domestic airports and non-precision international airports. It is a complete airport ground lighting system that runs 365 days on solar (photovoltaic) energy and requires no power sources other than the sun. No cables, no CCR, no transformers.

S4GA, a new type of lamp. 2020 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman
S4GA, a new type of lamp. 2020 year. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman

Already in 2015, S4GA sold its products to Sierra Leone, Finland and Germany. In Poland, one of the first clients was the State Higher Vocational School in Chełm, Depułtycze Królewskie airport. The company has representatives in Germany, England and Hungary.

The S4GA lighting system is an aviation iPhone. The recipient on the other side of the world gets the parcel, takes out the lamps, sets it up and the system works. Therefore, the company can sell the S4GA solution worldwide. S4GA lights have already been bought by the military and state services.

Written by Karol Placha Hetman