Aircraft warning light masts installed over 200 m above ground

3 February 2016
Leading rope-access specialist Skyriders was recently tasked with designing, supplying and installing 6-m-long aircraft warning light masts onto a 212-m-high smoke stack at a power station in Mpumalanga.
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Aircraft warning lights are used to make structures more visible during the day and night time. With the help of RedPro, a designer and manufacturer of engineering products across a wide variety of industries, Skyriders was able to replace the light masts used at the power station.

The project began in November 2015 and was completed in mid-January 2016. The masts were designed for the relatively harsh environment of the power station, where wind loading and various other factors had to be taken into consideration.

Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn explains that the new light masts are longer than before, and required a different structural design to withstand the various loads and stress. The masts were made from SSAB Domex and Docol steel.

“Each mast was 6 m in length and designed with a 3-m-long T-piece that can be lowered and raised in a controlled manner to carry out maintenance on the lights if necessary,” Zinn elaborates.

The light masts provided by RedPro were lightweight but also incredibly strong, which made them ideal for local conditions at the power station. According to Zinn, the lightweight design made it easy for the five-man team to use rope access for the installation.

“The light masts were easy to secure onto the concrete structures and are sufficiently high for aircraft visibility,” he concludes.



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Skyriders (Pty) Ltd, established in 1998, is a leader in the South African rope access industry, providing cost- and time-saving solutions to clients in the power generation and petrochemical industries who require rope access aided inspection, NDT and maintenance work to be done in difficult to reach, high-up locations.

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