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TYS is Lit: The Facts About Airport Lighting

Episode Description

Airfield lighting is one of the many requirements that keep an airport compliant with the FAA’s Part 139 Certification. Have you ever wondered what the different airfield lighting colors signify? Or how much time and resources it takes to keep the airport terminal ‘lit’ 24/7? In this episode, we talk with Ken Eckert, MKAA Facility Manager, and Sam Knisley, MKAA Airfield Electrician, to answer all of your questions about current airport lighting and what to expect in the future.

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  • MKAA implements a building automation system.
  • Facility management includes energy management.
  • Daylight harvesting
  • MKAA has light-emitting diode (aka LED) lighting in-terminal.
  • MKAA must consider the ROI for lighting projects. 
  • DID YOU KNOW: MKAA is the City of Alcoa’s highest paying customer, spending approx. $50,000 a month for electricity. 
  • There are currently 2,200 airfield lights at McGhee Tyson Airport
  • After the runway construction project is complete, the TYS airfield will have 3,500 lights. 
  • More facts about airport beacons
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