b'68 Airfield Improvements at Lubbock Executive F82LIGHTINGInclude Elevated Linear Taxiway Lights BY VICTORIA JENSENLubbock Executive Airpark (F82)with modern LED fixtures; and it also has has a colorful, storied past. Thehigh-tech linear LED taxiway lights. small Texas airport used to closeThe project has been such a huge on weekends so race enthusiasts could useimprovement, reflects Morrison, who has its 3,500-foot runway as a drag strip. Andmanaged the airfield since it was purchased FACTS&FIGURESuntil recently, the airfield was lit by all-weather three years ago. Were turning this property Project: New Runway & Taxiway Lights 75-watt light bulbs purchased from the localinto a real airport and running it top-notch. Location: Lubbock (TX) Executive Airparkhardware store. We felt like new ideas and new technology Cost: $7 million for new runway & lighting Remembering thewere right where we wanted to be.Associated Projects: $3 million for hangars, newold days makes AirportThe recently completed $7 million of airfield FBO office & ancillary airfield improvements Manager Drew Morrisonimprovements, all privately funded by the new Airport Owner: BRP Aviation chuckle.owners, are already reaping results. With a Owner of Fixed Base Operator: ClearTechFor years, this airportlonger runway, the airport is serving larger Aviation was just a Mom andaircraft and experiencing more traffic overall. Pop operation, saysDREW MORRISON Previously, five to 15 operations per day were Lighting Installation: July 2023Morrison. The bulbs would get checkedtypical; now it averages 15 to 45. Of Note: New linear LED taxiway lights are elevatedevery day on runway inspections. If one bulb on concrete pierThe 1,642-foot runway extension and other was out, you just go to the store, pick a newpavement enhancements were completed in Patent Holder for Linear LED Lights:one up and screw it in. It was really a wild Luminaerospace LLC June, transforming the old asphalt strip into a west airport out here in Lubbock. full concrete runway. New airfield lighting was Light Supplier: Faias Lighting ProductsElectrical Contractor: Driven Electric But things began to change after two localinstalled in July. residents purchased the airfield in 2020. Now,Morrison says that lighting was a critical Key Benefits: Improved visibility & safety;the airport has a 5,142-foot concrete runway enhanced energy efficiency part of the project, and increasing nighttime October 2023AirportImprovement.com'