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Remote Monitoring And Rapid Response Avoids Major FCC Fines

The FCC has enacted very stringent aircraft obstruction light rules when it comes to proper antenna lighting. Tragic helicopter crashes in North Carolina and Texas have strengthened the FCC case for enforcing best practices with major fines for non-compliance. Failure to maintain proper antenna lighting can be costly or even deadly.

So What Are the FCC Antenna Tower Light Rules?

Some FCC rules that affect tower owners are:

  • The owner of any antenna structure, which is registered with the commission, shall make an observation of the antenna tower light system at least once every 24 hours, either visually or by observing an automatic properly maintained indicator.
  • The owner shall provide and properly maintain an automatic alarm system designed to detect failure of any such antenna tower light.
  • The owner shall report immediately (or within 30 minutes of antenna tower light failure) to the nearest Flight Service Station or FAA office.

In Case Of Antenna Tower Light Failure, What Should Be Done?

Noticeability is achieved only when all lights are fully operational. Any outage must be corrected as soon as possible.

When reporting, it is highly important to have the following information readily available:

  • Name of persons or organization reporting light failures
  • Type of Structure
  • Location of structure
  • FCC Antenna Registration Number

A High-Quality Monitoring Solution can Save You from Expensive Fines and Inconvenient Inspections.

Avoiding such heavy fines and liabilities for violating aircraft obstruction light rules requires a high-quality monitoring solution. Having such a solution enables you to:

  • Maintain a continuous 24/7/365 watch on your tower lighting no matter where you are located.
  • Drastically reduce notification time from 30 minutes to 30 seconds.

Fortunately, quality Remote Alarm Monitoring and Control solutions are readily available.

Monitor Your Tower Lights with our Tower Monitoring Solutions


The AlphaMax monitors your tower lights and reports outages to up to 4 paging devices. The AlphaMax also has the ability to remotely activate site equipment and can be equipped with a backup battery supply that lasts up to two days.

Netdog G2

The NetDog G2 is perfectly suited for smaller remote sites that require constant monitoring. The NetDog provides dial-up alarm reporting, LAN connectivity, and a convenient web browser interface. It also provides 2 analog inputs and allows for easy wiring with screw-down connectors.

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Tower Antenna Lights