CAMPBELL RIVER, BC – North Island College’s fourth level electrical apprenticeship students got a closeup look at airport lighting systems earlier this month.

The airport hosted a training session and tour for the students. There was a presentation on safety precautions, including required qualifications and training to work on the specialized series circuit equipment.

There was also a presentation on the new national standards for airfield lighting inspection and maintenance.

Airport electrician Murray Ames said aviation lighting systems are different from conventional systems, as they require additional safety measures and specialized tools and training.

Students also learned about the range of light fixtures installed at the airfield lighting training centre, as well as the development of light fixture design from oil lamps to contemporary lamps and energy-efficient LED bulbs.

The session was part of a five-day airfield lighting maintenance course, according to a release from the city.

The Campbell River Airport is the only fully operational facility that hosts hands-on airport electrical training in Canada.