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SILAS-H Solar Illumination Aeronautical System for Heliports

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ADVANCED SOLAR SOLUTION NETWORK Solar Illumination Aeronautical System for Heliports 1. GENERAL SILAS (Solar Illumination Aeronautical System), in the heliport configuration, is the optimal solution to the needs of a lighting system to improve the operational security of heliports and helipad surfaces in adverse meteo conditions or to extend the operational working time, also in marginal visibility conditions. SILAS is based on the use of SCB (Smart Controlled Biofly) LED lights that may operate either connected to external power or using internal solar charged batteries. The SCBs are wireless controlled and monitored; this allows SILAS to fully manage the operations of the lights by means of simple commands handled by a dedicated Control Unit. The SILAS system can be tailored to the specific need of any operational use: • various lights color configurations • lights can be controlled simultaneously or separated in groups for specific applications • light switching-on can be manual, via SMS or via ARCAL • optional remote monitor and control unit • optional solar windsock • optional video surveillance system SILAS-H can operate in two working modes: Solar only. The SCB will be powered only via the internal solar charged batteries. In this case there will be no need of any site preparation or dedicate infrastructure; they are simply fixed on the ground with four bolts, without any power connection. Solar and external power. The SCB will be connected to the external power, via a dedicated sock located at the base of the light. In case of power failure the light will continue to operate via the battery charged by the solar panels, without the need of external power generator or UPS. This is very useful especially in case of natural disasters, such as earthquake, which can cause the lack of power for long periods.

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• Portable SCB Lights; • No connection required for power and communication; • Possibility to control all the system lights; • Different configurations available for Final Approach and take-off area lights, Touchdown and lift-off area Lights, Taxiway Edge; • Bidirectional RF communication for light control and status monitoring; • Capability to control SCB lights also by a third-party Control & Monitoring System; • Solar powered Windsock, to show the direction and strength of the wind; • Solar powered Video Camera, for remote surveillance purpose; • Reliability: robust components, resistant...

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Figure 1 – Typical SILAS-H System OPERATION The SILAS-H system envisages the switching on/off of the SCB lights in the following modalities: 1. Manual. Via a dedicated command from the control unit (LCU – Light Control Unit or MCU – Monitoring & Control Unit); As a standard, a LCU is foreseen in the system; the MCU can be delivered where a composition layout requires a special management of the system, or the operational procedures require a remote command. 2. SMS. A dedicated SIM card is inserted in the system, which allows the lights to be turned on/off via an SMS message; 3. ARCAL. SILAS...

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Once switched on (as result of any of the above actions), the lights remain on for a parametric time, then are automatically switched off. However, the system includes a manual override to switch off the lights instantaneously. The communication between the SCB lights and the control Units is bidirectional: the system is always informed on the operational status of each light. SCB-H LIGHT The SCB-H light is a wireless solar led light to provide easily installed, removable ad low-cost visual aids for heliports, without any needs of external energy, cabling or site preparation. During the...

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5.1.1 SCB-H/W The SCB-H/W is the SCB-H light configured with an omnidirectional LED, white color, suitable for FATO function. 5.1.2 SCB-H/G The SCB-H/G is the SCB-H light configured with an omnidirectional LED, green color, suitable for TLOF function. 5.1.3 SCB-H/GW The SCB-H/GW is the SCB-H light configured with one omnidirectional green LED and one directional white LED, suitable for TLOF + area lighting function, respectively. The SCB-H/B is the SCB-H light configured with one omnidirectional blue LED, suitable for taxiway edge.

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5.1.5 WINDSOCK The SILAS-H can include a solar powered Windsock, to show the direction and strength of the wind in the helipad, it is illuminated to enable night-time operation too. Light is powered by a battery charged by photovoltaic panels; this represents the optimal solution for installation in areas not serviced by mains power supply and does not need either site preparation or dedicate infrastructure (it can be put into operation in few minutes with four mounting bolts). The whole structure is treated to withstand severe off-shore (marine) environment. The mast is foldable up to the...

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5.2 LIGHT CONTROL UNIT (LCU) The LCU represents the essential control unit of the SILAS system. It can operate stand-alone or in conjunction with the MCU for an enhanced controlling    and monitoring. In the stand-alone configuration, the LCU can provide the manual switching ON of all the lights of the system; when on, lights switch off automatically after a pre-defined time interval, determined at configuration level (15, 30, 45 minutes). A suitable OFF switch is provided as “override” function to switch off the light immediately without waiting for time interval completion. The LCU...

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5.3 MONITORING AND CONTROL UNIT (MCU) The MCU allows the remote monitoring and control of the SILAS functions by a graphical application installed on a Windows based PC. Monitoring and Control is one of the most important function of any system, because it helps to manage, to check the errors and to take the corrective action, so that deviation from standards are minimized to achieve the stated goals of the system. This function has been implemented in a Software Package installable in any Windows based personal computer; this approach allows the software to be independent from the PC...

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