Herculean effort completed!

June 2021, RAF Brize Norton has just undertaken a major upgrade of its airfield runway lighting system from Airfield Lighting Systems UK Limited (ALS) in Wickford, Essex.  The RAF commissioned extensive works at its largest UK base to provide new led lighting, cabling, and signs for this important hub.


RAF Brize Norton is located in Oxfordshire, and is the largest station of the Royal Air Force. It has approximately 5,800 Service Personnel, 1,200 contractors and 300 civilian staff based on site.

The Station is home to the C-130 Hercules aircraft and the RAF’s Strategic and Tactical Air Transport (AT) and Air-to-Air Refueling (AAR) forces, as well as host to many others including reserve units.

The upgrade was designed using ALS DTS fittings and included over 90 LED elevated approach lights, 100 inset approach lights, threshold Wing bars and uni-directional fittings. The LED lighting is universal and operates on the existing CCR’s on site to provide a low energy, low running cost solution.

Levertech Aviation Services, Manchester was the main contractor for the project, and they found the fittings easy to install and fast to commission.

RAF Odiham installs new LED lighting

August 2021, RAF Odiham in Hampshire has completed the upgrade of its airfield runway lighting system from Airfield Lighting Systems UK Limited (ALS) in Wickford, Essex.

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RAF Odiham is a Royal Air Force station situated a little to the south of the village of Odiham in Hampshire, England. It is the home of the Royal Air Force’s heavy-lift helicopter, the Chinook.  The RAF has been on the site since 1925 and it was upgraded to a permanent airfield in 1937.

A total of 156 new ALS DTS approach lights were installed for the runway upgrade to LED.  These are powered by 16 new MCR405 CCR controllers to provide the 6.6A output required.  This was topped off with over 50Km of new cabling to provide a long-term framework solution for the airbase.

Several new signs, runway edge fittings, transformers and IRDM (LED Runway Distance Markers) were also installed for the project by specialist contractor Levertech Aviation Services.

Commenting on the new installation Mr Neil Smith, AGL Project Manager at Levertech said “ALS provided a first-class service with the project.  They hold a significant amount of stock, so we were able to install it much faster and the client was delighted.”

Mr Keith Spicer Managing Director of ALS commented “This type of varied project is exactly what IAVNA has done well for over 40 years.  Our project experience and stock holding meant everything ran smoothly.”

NEW LED’s are out of this world!

Cornwall Airport Newquay (CAN) which is also the home of Virgin Orbit Spaceport has just completed the upgrade of its airfield lighting ahead of the next G7 summit, which was held in the UK this month, from Airfield Lighting Systems UK Limited (ALS) in Wickford, Essex.

Flights have operated from Newquay since 1939 under the banner of RAF Mawgan, in 1962 it officially opened a civilian terminal and began commercial flights.  The airport has expanded over the years with a new terminal building opened in 2008, and with one of the longest runways in the UK.

New ALS DTS LED inset taxiway lights, LED Stop Bar lights and all new transformers were installed for the upgrade complete with bases and adaptor rings among other fittings.  In addition, several new high performance, long life LED signs were also commissioned and installed by specialist contractor Dyer & Butler Electrical.

Moving to LED will dramatically reduce operating costs and extend the maintenance cycle due to the lifetime of the LED’s.  They are more environmentally friendly and recyclable at the end of life.

The project was designed and specified by Robert Walker at AECOM one of the industry’s most respected consulting firms.

Commenting on the new installation Mr Steven Brown, Airfield Manager at Dyer & Butler said “We successfully handed over the project to the Airport on Friday and this could not have been achieved without you and your teams’ substantial efforts to ensure we received all the materials on time. We would like to thank every one of you for your conscientious determination in helping us reach this goal through a variety of changes over the past couple of months. This successful delivery reinforces our decision to use IAVNA and ALS products on this project”

Mr Keith Spicer Managing Director of ALS commented “This is a landmark project for Newquay, and we were delighted to be able to help with the G7 summit being held nearby as well, the team really pulled out all the stops to help make it happen on time, this was much easier to handle due to the extensive stocks we hold.”

The first radio-controlled runway in Antrim

Slemish Airfield, a private landing strip near Ballymena, County Antrim has recently installed a new airfield lighting system supplied by Airfield Lighting Systems UK Limited (ALS) in Wickford, Essex.


The new lighting covers the 765m long runway and apron.

Slemish Airfield lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) and the lighting installation which is environmentally friendly and considerate compliments this.

The VISTA System from ALS that was installed as a complete package consisting of lights, control gear, cable and all components required to provide a turnkey solution.

The new LED lights can be remotely activated from the approaching aircraft when five miles distant from the picturesque landing strip and these will continue to operate for 15 minutes before automatically switching off.  The signal to activate the lights can be sent by VHF from the aircraft radio (the frequency is adjustable for use in other countries), by mobile phone or an APP on a tablet.

The Vista System is a standalone system and was designed to provide the benefits of LED lighting to visual approach aerodromes such as regional airports, airstrips and military air bases. It is a reliable and flexible product, being easy to fit in any kind of infrastructure.

Manufactured from high-quality polycarbonate and aluminium components the VISTA lights are fully IP66 certified, tough and durable.

Since the low energy LED light source is a low current device there is no need for traditional 6.6A circuits and more traditional CCR controls. Moreover, the LED being a direct current device, the power distribution circuit is greatly simplified using a DC constant current power supply.


This concept also eliminates the need for series circuit transformers with their losses and expense.  A specific feature of the product includes a device to ensure the continuity of the circuit upon failure of any single light unit as part of the future proof design.

A total of 59 LED lights were installed for the runway, threshold/end, taxiway and PAPI fittings.  Commenting on the new installation the Project Manager for the Project said that the Vista System was easy to install, and he was delighted with the results. The LED’s which look really impressive from the air, will be a great help to pilots using the airfield.

Mr Keith Spicer, Managing Director of ALS commented “We are delighted that Slemish Airfield chose the VISTA system, and that it has had such a positive reaction.  We enjoyed working with the Project Manager and contractors involved on the project, who were professional throughout, and are sure it will be a terrific asset for many years to come”.

BAE Systems installs ALS DTS LED Fittings at Warton

BAE Systems Aerodrome in Warton have chosen new high performance LED DTS taxiway lights from ALS for their recent runway upgrade.  They were selected for their long life and maintenance free, low power consumption.  Size was important due the nature of Warton’s research and development activities and the ALS DTS has a low protrusion of less than 6.3 mm above ground level.

The uni-directional Elevated Approach lights and Inset Approach lights were also specified for their unique optical design and stable output, they are suitable for operation with 6.6A CCR’s.  They have highly conductive aluminium mechanical components with a special coating treatment for various weather conditions and in addition a modalized driver and LED assembly means maintenance is quick and simple.

Warton Aerodrome is located in Warton village on the Fylde in Lancashire, England. The aerodrome is 6 NM
west of Preston, Lancashire, UK. Today the airfield is a major assembly and testing facility of BAE Systems Military Air & Information.


Warton continues in its involvement with the Typhoon, Hawk and F-35 Lightning being built at the site.  The Tempest is the latest project to ensure the site remains at the forefront of global aviation technology.





Edinburgh Airport Signs Project

ALS supply environmentally friendly and sustainable LED signs and switching equipment to Edinburgh Airport. Working together for a brighter future.

1 June 2019, ALS announce it has successfully manufactured and supplied Airfield Lighting Equipment for a major contract awarded in 2018 to Dewhurst Airfield Services by Edinburgh Airport. The project was executed over 2 phases, spanning the last 12 months.

ALS are proud to have worked with Dewhurst Airfield Services by supplying an innovative range of our products to include: – ALS Edge Lit Taxiway Signs, ALS Edge Lit Stand Number Indicator Boards, ALS Non-Illuminated Aircraft Stand Column Signs, ALS AGL Transformers and Switching Units.

Edinburgh Airport is an airport located in the Ingliston area of the City of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. It was the busiest airport in Scotland in 2018, handling over 14.3 million passengers in that year. The airport has one 2557-meter runway and one passenger terminal and employs about 2,500 people.

“By selecting ALS for the supply of products, Dewhurst Airfield Services Ltd were able to accurately plan installation programmes around the guaranteed delivery dates to full client satisfaction. The quality of products, service, response times and project support from ALS is second-to-none”
Derek Calloway
Dewhurst Airfield Services Ltd

Dewhurst Airfield Services Ltd was originally formed as a division of Edward Dewhurst Ltd in 1999 following initial successful Aeronautical Ground Lighting (AGL) projects at Blackpool and Warton airfields.  Due to continued growth and success within the sector, the division became an independent company in 2018 and focusses on all airfield engineering projects but principally AGL.  Projects range from small advisory services to total turnkey packages.

Established in 2008, Airfield Lighting Systems are a well-known and trusted innovator in the design and manufacturing of ground lighting equipment for commercial and military airports. We offer reliable, efficient & an extensive product range which are environmentally friendly and sustainable products as a leading light for Airfield Lighting Solutions.

Contact a member of the ALS team for more information on +44 (0) 1702 547 866

Made In Britain

ALS UK Ltd are still working hard on production. Here we have final assembling and testing of long lasting, super bright LED internally illuminated signs for a UK customer.

We make Parking Stop Signs, Stand Indicators, Rotary Hydraulic Arrestor Gear, Guidance signs, Runway distance remaining markers, Low viability signs and basically anything you might need.

We have an in house bespoke manufacturing service, we refurbish and recycle signs as well and can upgrade older signs to LED for you.

They are all made to stringent on site ISO9001 procedures and are fully guaranteed.  Our designs are robust and the body size and style is particularly sturdy in windy situations.  Our clever mounting feet design makes installation fast and easy.

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