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Runway Status Lights now operating at LAX following installation by FAA.


The US Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday that it has, together with the City of Los Angeles, installed new technology at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) that alerts pilots to potential runway safety hazards.

The system, Runway Status Lights, uses a series of red lights that are embedded in the pavement to alert pilots if its is unsafe to enter or cross a runway or to take off. The lights are connected to the airport's ground radar system.

Airport operator Los Angeles World Airports paid USD7m for the system, which the FAA installed and will maintain. Runway Status Lights have been installed on eight LAX taxiways and one runway.

LAX is the third airport in the US to have Runway Status Lights installed, following successful tests over several years at Dallas Fort Worth and San Diego. LAX is the first airport to have the system installed on multiple runways.

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Date:Jun 12, 2009
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