The FCC has enacted very stringent aircraft obstruction light rules when it comes to proper antenna lighting. Tragic helicopter crashes in North Carolina and Texas have strengthened the FCC case for enforcing best practices with major fines for non-compliance. Failure to maintain proper antenna lighting can be costly or even deadly.
Some FCC rules that affect tower owners are:
Noticeability is achieved only when all lights are fully operational. Any outage must be corrected as soon as possible.
When reporting, it is highly important to have the following information readily available:
Avoiding such heavy fines and liabilities for violating aircraft obstruction light rules requires a high-quality monitoring solution. Having such a solution enables you to:
Fortunately, quality Remote Alarm Monitoring and Control solutions are readily available.
The AlphaMax monitors your tower lights and reports outages to up to 4 paging devices. The AlphaMax also has the ability to remotely activate site equipment and can be equipped with a backup battery supply that lasts up to two days.
The NetDog G2 is perfectly suited for smaller remote sites that require constant monitoring. The NetDog provides dial-up alarm reporting, LAN connectivity, and a convenient web browser interface. It also provides 2 analog inputs and allows for easy wiring with screw-down connectors.
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