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Old 14th Apr 2010, 10:33
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Madbob
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Bury St. Edmunds
Age: 59
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No Approach Lighting??

What the picasa pictures also show is the lack of any real approach lighting......

The equivalent at UK military airfields with a published precision [instrument] approach would have been been centre line lighting with 5 bars extending out into the undershoot, mounted on poles, if required by the terrain. Plus VASIs/PAPIs and high intensity runway edge lighting.

At civillian airfields there is a similar set up often augumented by touchdown zone lighting, runway centre line lighting and high intensity strobe lighting. At Alconbury I remember approaching in poor viz with a "running rabbit" strobe which stood out very clearly in the murk.

Does anyone know what the airfield actually had available and also importantly, was it switched on or had ATC deliberately turned it off so as to "force" the ac to divert?

MB
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