DETAILS ON THE AIRFIELD
NORTHAM NEW RUNWAY LIGHTING CONTROL
The Northam Aero Club have installed an aerodrome frequency response unit (AFRU). Control of Northam lights by pilots differs from the old system.
Transmission at Northam will be acknowledged by "NORTHAM CTAF ". This will be replaced by a "BEEP BACK" if transmissions have been heard in the last five minutes.
Runway lighting is inhibited during daylight hours by a light sensor. During darkness the lights can be brought up by transmitting on 124.2. (The old frequency 119.6 no longer used). - The sequence varies from the old lights.
Three pulses between .25 sec. and 1.2 sec. are needed, which is much faster than the old system.
Eg. [ 1 sec. ] 1 sec. [ 1 sec. ] 1 sec. [ 1 sec. ]
"NORTHAM CTAF " will be repeated, followed by "LIGHTS ON" or "LIGHTS NOT ON". Hopefully "LIGHTS NOT ON" will never be heard.
The 10 minute marker now flashes all four wind direction indicator lights (windsock lights) and thre will be an announcement:"LIGHTS 10 MINUTES REMAINING"
The Airfield, as it was a few years ago. Picture taken by an unknown photographer from an unknown flying device.
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Note the white and yellow Mooney without wheels closed to the white cross...
Scroll down for the same view taken in July 2010...