Airside movements are carefully choreographed and designed to avoid extremely expensive pieces of equipment being damaged. Andy Martin learns that AirEL Airport Illuminated Identification has designed a practical means of spotting vehicles at night, and recognised an opportunity to improve safety.
An Operations Department car on taxiway Lima, at the holding point for runways 20L and 20R, waiting to cross to the other side of the airfield. Its flashing orange light is quite clear to the tower controller, but what vehicle is it? What is its radio callsign? There is another car further down the runway, waiting to make a similar manoeuvre. The risk of safety being compromised by misidentifying vehicles is significant, and the cost of repairing damage if collisions occur, can be immense.