The new taxiway centreline lighting system has been put into operation at Riga Airport; it facilitates the movement of aircraft on the airfield in conditions of poor visibility and is an essential step to introduce the modern "follow the greens" aircraft control system at the Airport in the future.
The taxiway centreline lighting system allows aircraft to run faster and safer in low visibility conditions – fog, intense snow or rain – and during the dark hours of the day. Making the aircraft taxiing on the ground more efficient and safer will reduce carbon dioxide emissions and energy consumption.
“Follow the greens” is an innovative management system for taxiing on the ground. It provides flight crew with individual guidance to control the aircraft on the airfield, automatically illuminating the centreline of the taxiway in front of the aircraft, showing the route to the aircraft stand or runway.
At the same time, the Airport runway lighting system unit, which houses the power supply and control systems, as well as the repair shop for the maintenance of the runway lighting system, have also been reconstructed.