Critical Runway Lighting Upgrades Key to Electrical Improvements Planned at Long Beach Airport
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Long Beach, CA ~ Long Beach Airport (LGB) is undergoing major electrical upgrades to improve the safety of its primary runway, Runway 12-30. The $9.5 million project, funded by an Airport Improvement Program grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will bring the runway up to the latest FAA standards and add to the Airport's sustainability efforts.

The project includes replacing all electrical cable powering runway lights and navigational aids, as well as replacing all runway edge lights, centerline lights and runway end lights. Additionally, new LED bulbs will be installed which use between 75 percent and 90 percent less energy than incandescent or quartz lights. The runway will also be restored with new asphalt concrete, grooving and striping.

Due to safety setback requirements of the construction work, there will be temporary closures between March 29 and mid-July: Runway 12-30 will be CLOSED NIGHTLY, Sundays through Thursdays, from March 29 to mid-July. In addition, Runway 12-30 will be CLOSED DAILY, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from April 18 to May 24. Exact dates are subject to change. During these closures operations will occur on Runway 8L-26R instead.

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The Long Beach Airport Association (LBAA) is encouraging LGB-based flight schools to voluntarily reduce their nighttime training maneuvers and fly quieter during these closures by ceasing pattern work after 9:59 p.m.. LBAA has also provided "How to Fly a Friendly Pattern at LGB" best practices for LGB-based flight schools, master tenants and operators in order to reduce noise levels during this time period.

Long Beach Airport requires that all commercial flights be scheduled between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., with operations between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m allowed if delays are caused by weather, air traffic or mechanical issues only. Residents with questions or desiring more information may visit or contact the Noise Office at or 562 570 2665 for further details about this project as well as a map showing the change in flight paths due to these closures .

Media inquiries may be directed to Kate Kuykendall, Public Affairs Officer at Long Beach Airport at 562 570 2679 or Kate Kuykendall@longbeach .gov .

The Rehabilitate Runway 12-30 project is expected to bring major improvements in safety standards as well as sustainability efforts for Long Beach Airport while ensuring minimal disruption for both commercial air carriers and general aviation operators during this time period .

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