An aerodrome beacon is a light beacon installed at an airport or airfield to provide visual guidance to pilots approaching the airport. It typically consists of a rotating or flashing light that is visible from a distance, and is usually located near the airport’s control tower or on the airport’s perimeter. It may be operated by the airport authority or a separate organization.
The beacon may also be accompanied by other navigation aids such as a VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) transmitter or a non-directional beacon (NDB) that provides radio navigation information to pilots. These navigation aids work in conjunction with the aerodrome beacon to provide pilots with a comprehensive set of information for approaching and landing at an airport.
Aerodrome Beacon: Guiding Pilots Through the Night Sky – Further Reading
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/advisory_circulars/index.cfm/go/document.information/documentID/22569
- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO): https://skylibrarys.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/annex-14-aerodromes.pdf
- SKYbrary Aviation Safety: https://skybrary.aero/
- Pilot Institute: https://generalaviationnews.com/2021/03/13/kbct-first-airport-to-install-new-faa-approved-led-rotating-beacon/