Your airport lighting specialist

The S.A. (société anonyme – public limited company) JDC Airports was founded in 2009 by 3 professionals with more than 15 years’ experience in the field. The company specialises in the integration of Aeronautical Ground Lights systems, in accordance with ICAO and Annex 14 recommendations for airports, heliports and other ulm-ports.

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What is airfield ground lighting?

Aeronautical/Airfield Ground Lighting (AGL) can be defined as all lights installed on the ground and other accessories intended to be used as visual aids for pilots and other users of airport facilities.

More precisely, AGL consists of a number of aeronautical ground lights arranged according to specific standards.

Airfield ground lighting provides solutions to the various challenges an aerodrome faces :



AGL provides increased visibility for the pilot and ground crew, making it easier to land and take off. This allows for greater safety in difficult climatic conditions.

To this end, standards for runway approaches (CAT I, II and III) make it possible to classify the lighting requirements necessary and sufficient for landing.

The CAT I (Standard) makes it possible to descend to a decision height of 200ft and with a minimum horizontal visibility >= 800 m.

CAT II allows you to descend to a decision height of 100ft and with a minimum horizontal visibility of 400 m.

In the event of even more unfavourable visibility conditions, landing is only permitted under very strict conditions, both in terms of ground infrastructure and the equipment on board the aircraft. We will focus on the CAT III standard.

In this context, many airports are equipped with at least one CAT III runway, and therefore, a very strict need for airfield ground lighting.

Air traffic

The airport market is growing exponentially. Traffic at aerodromes doubles about every 15 years. It is therefore essential to install all possible means to facilitate traffic flow in order to enable more efficient management.

In this context, various automated lighting systems make it possible to minimise waiting times between two landings and/or take-offs, thus increasing airport capacity. These systems also make communication between pilots and air traffic controllers easier, ensuring greater fluidity and safety.

Ecological footprint

Last but not least, the ecological footprint is a very important issue that raises a lot of interest and questions in the airport sector. Efficient and intelligent ground lights will make it possible to minimise downtime and make traffic more fluid, thus reducing unnecessary CO2 emissions.

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