HEMS-Star® enabled heliport for the Cheltenham Festival 2019

Cheltenham Festival 2019 HEMS-Star® enabled heliport

FEC Heliports Worldwide (FECHW) provided the approach, touch down and lift off heliport lighting at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.  Working in conjunction with Helipad - part of the Hai Air Group and approved resellers of FECHW Products.

The festival ran from the 12th to 15th March during which Helipad serviced a total of over 600 movements through the provision of a 300m x 50m lit FATO, 5 x 18m lit TLOFs, ATC Tower, Fire & Rescue Service, Fuelling, Terminal building and Bentley Concierge Services.

An improved portable heliport lighting solution was required for the duration of the event, enabling full night operations. Our solution was to provide HEMS-Star® portable lighting systems, set on 50% Intensity with steady green on the FATO and steady white on TLOFs. We deployed the lights during the noon to 14:00 helipad downtime period each day with automatic sunset switching mode illuminating the system at dusk (circa 18:00).  On steady green or white the HEMS-Star® have a run time of over 12 hours. This was more than adequate for the required night operational availability of the Cheltenham heliport, with last movements of the day around 21:00-21:30.

Nick Cox, Managing Director Helipad, said, “We have been partnered with FECHW since May 2018, so it was great to have the opportunity to show off the HEMS-Star® Portable Lighting system at our annual Cheltenham Festival Heliport service for the first time this year. We had previously been using the HEMS-Star® predecessor; the FECHW HeliLight, which despite providing reliable, robust and satisfactory helipad lighting over the past few years, now pales in comparison to the latest, superior v7.1 HEMS-Star® units – in terms of portability, intensity and functionality. In my view, these are the market leaders in this product space and a key determinant to partnering up with FECHW.”

FECHW portable lighting systems are deployed worldwide including, the United Kingdom, USA, Russia, Bangladesh, Mozambique, Kenya, Philippines, Mexico and Japan.

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