FAROS-FINAL APPROACH RUNWAY OCCUPANCY SIGNAL (AKA FLASHING PAPI LIGHTS)
Submitted by Christine Edwards, Airport Bureau
Exciting news!!! Within the next several months the FAA will be conducting an operational evaluation of the FAROS light system on Runway 30 at Long Beach Airport. During the evaluation, a special set of PAPI lights installed on Runway 30 will flash when an aircraft or vehicle is on the runway, thereby warning a pilot on approach that the runway is not clear. The evaluation may last up to one year. During this time, the FAA will solicit pilot input on the value of the system. Over the next month, the Airport and FAA will be distributing educational materials on how the system works, what actions the pilot should take upon seeing the lights flash, and how to register your opinion and thoughts about the efficacy of the system. If the results are positive this simple, relatively low cost system could be implemented at airports nationwide.
Learn more about FAROS at the LBAA/Users’ Forum meeting on January 25th. Additionally, an informational meeting and teleconference will be held Thursday, January 26, from 11:00am to noon at the Long Beach Airport Information Center, 4135 Donald Douglas Dr. You may attend in person, or by teleconference.
If you are attending by teleconference, you will need internet access as we will be using a website to demonstrate the system. Contact Christine Edwards Airport Special Projects, at 562-570-2630 for teleconference and website information or if you have any questions.