Control Systems


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Benefit from maximum runway usage while minimizing energy expenditure and increasing the performance capabilities of your airfield lighting system. Carmanah solar airfield lighting products can be managed using a variety of wireless control systems, allowing airfield operators or pilots to remotely activate and change the intensity of all equipment on the airfield. Options include ARCAL pilot control, handheld control, and integrated ATC touchscreen software. Gain instantaneous control of an unlimited number of airfield products from over 4 km (2.5 mi) away.

Wireless Control
Enables remote operation of an airfield lighting system including mode changes for enhanced visibility in poor weather conditions, or blackout or infrared (NVG) modes in response to an immediate threat.

Multiple Configuration Options
Secure, password-protected communications where one or more controllers can be keyed to a system of lights.

Versatile Interface
Contains a radio modem, supporting electronics, and external serial interface. It also supports an interface suitable for connecting to an off-the-shelf, standalone aviation band VHF receiver (ARCAL) to facilitate pilot-controlled lighting operation.

Rugged, Weatherproof Design
Tested to Condition B, Method 104A of MIL-STD-202F for moisture resistance. Reliable operations in temperatures ranging from -40 to 60°C (-40 to 140°F). Weatherproof back-lit LED keypad and LED indicators designed for use with gloves. Removable, replaceable antenna.

Pilot Control
The Carmanah ARCAL system provides air-to-ground (Type I) radio control of Carmanah solar airfield products. Pilots can remotely activate and change product intensities by keying the microphone button of their standard VHF communication transmitter.

Handheld Controller Specification Sheet: English | Spanish | French Handheld Controller User Manual: English | Spanish Handheld Controller Purchase Specification: Download ARCAL Pilot-Activated Lighting Specification Sheet: English | Spanish | French


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Lower Cost

Over 60% cheaper than conventional lighting. No cables or electrical infrastructure required.


Lights turn on automatically every night. Solar panels keep batteries fully charged.


From order to operation in under 4 weeks. Fast shipping. Installs in 1-2 days.

Airfield Manager
US Army National Guard

“Carmanah airfield lights saved lives in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II at Balad Air Base. Your sturdy maintenance-free self-contained lights were deployed in one day, lighting our parking pads, refueling areas, taxiways and four landing pads for our 140 plus helicopters. They instantly made our operations safer. Great product.”

USAF Pilot
US Air Force

“We tested the A704 and I must say it is nice. It was on this morning when I pulled in. Yesterday we had a midday thunderstorm and it came on due to the overcast. I was surprised at how little darkness it needed to trigger operational mode.”

Airfield Manager
US Air National Guard

“We have received great feedback from our range control officers and the aircrews alike. The lights have truly lived up to and far exceeded our expectations. I would not hesitate to recommend them to our fellow ranges.”