General Aviation Subcommittee

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To enhance the nations general aviation airports in the area of safety and utilization through the use of low cost, high performance visual aids for the flying public.


This committee has been in existence for over 30 years. The committee meets twice per year at a general aviation airports throughout the nation to evaluate and test lighting products that can and will be used by the general aviation pilot. The committee has focused on the development, testing and installation of items that have been in service for nearly all of those 30 years. This equipment includes edge and threshold lighting, wind indicators, radio controllers (PCL), base cans for GA lighting, airport beacons, PAPI’s, guidance signs, distance to go signs, with installation guidelines and maintenance for all GA lighting and visual aids.


The committee is very grateful to FAA Airport Safety Technology Research and Development and Don Gallagher for his guidance and assistance in publishing a complete manual of our work for distribution.

With the professional assistance of Mr. Gallagher we now have a complete guide for upgrading, improving and maintaining the lighting and visual aids at any GA airport in the country. For information and to receive one of these manuals, please contact the IESALC. The manual will be available in electronic and printed form.


The committee will continue to strive to improve upon GA visual aids through new and improved equipment and to update our manual as needed to offer GA airports the highest degree of safety through good lighting practices.


Mike DiPilato
Don Gallagher
Rich Green
Joe Levraea
Bill Schai
Alister Wilmott

Available documents:
Download CSA Visual Aids Handbook.


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