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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : 1g0|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
|Function||instruction : instructor|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : cfi
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 100|
flight time total : 6000
flight time type : 4000
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|Airport||other physical facility|
procedure or policy : unspecified
Several runway and taxiway lights at wood county airport appear to be a possible hazard to aircraft. I understand that the lights are designed to 'break away' if accidentally hit by an aircraft and it is because of this special design that these particular lights concern me. It would seem to me that if an aircraft would hit this light and shear both wires making contact at the same time, the incident could prove to be hazardous. I asked a local mechanic about the situation and he too believes the situation could be dangerous. The wood county airport authority/authorized says these lights are 'okay.' doesn't runway lighting have to pass some sort of code? Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: reporter states she has spoken to the airport manager regarding the lights and was told that's the way it has always been. This airport does receive FAA funding and consequently must comply with the advisories regarding airport lighting installation. Analyst recommended reporter speak with FSDO representative to get a better picture of the FAA requirements.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: TXWY LIGHTS DESIGNED TO BE BREAKAWAY HAVE EXPOSED WIRES COVERED WITH ELECTRICAL TAPE. CONSIDERED POSSIBLE HAZARD.
Narrative: SEVERAL RWY AND TXWY LIGHTS AT WOOD COUNTY ARPT APPEAR TO BE A POSSIBLE HAZARD TO ACFT. I UNDERSTAND THAT THE LIGHTS ARE DESIGNED TO 'BREAK AWAY' IF ACCIDENTALLY HIT BY AN ACFT AND IT IS BECAUSE OF THIS SPECIAL DESIGN THAT THESE PARTICULAR LIGHTS CONCERN ME. IT WOULD SEEM TO ME THAT IF AN ACFT WOULD HIT THIS LIGHT AND SHEAR BOTH WIRES MAKING CONTACT AT THE SAME TIME, THE INCIDENT COULD PROVE TO BE HAZARDOUS. I ASKED A LCL MECH ABOUT THE SIT AND HE TOO BELIEVES THE SIT COULD BE DANGEROUS. THE WOOD COUNTY ARPT AUTH SAYS THESE LIGHTS ARE 'OKAY.' DOESN'T RWY LIGHTING HAVE TO PASS SOME SORT OF CODE? CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: RPTR STATES SHE HAS SPOKEN TO THE ARPT MGR REGARDING THE LIGHTS AND WAS TOLD THAT'S THE WAY IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN. THIS ARPT DOES RECEIVE FAA FUNDING AND CONSEQUENTLY MUST COMPLY WITH THE ADVISORIES REGARDING ARPT LIGHTING INSTALLATION. ANALYST RECOMMENDED RPTR SPEAK WITH FSDO REPRESENTATIVE TO GET A BETTER PICTURE OF THE FAA REQUIREMENTS.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.