Airport Beacon Static Display Restoration
The old airport beacon that many of us remember from years ago is returning to KSLR after a long absence. It has been on loan at the old Mt. Pleasant airport. They now have a new airport as well as a new beacon and have returned the beacon to our field. Our chapter project is to restore the old beacon as a ground-level static display near the terminal building.
The beacon has been mounted on a custom made pallet and mounted on a flatbed trailer in order to have the mobility to work on it at multiple locations, depending on what needs to be done. The airport will temporarily provide a hangar for work space and storage.
We welcome all volunteers and will need people with various skills for frame modifications, sand blasting or stripping and scraping, paint, glass, electrical, etc. We want to modify the unit so that it will house a light bulb to simulate an operating beacon.
This project will bring back some of the history of our local airport and will be a lasting tribute to those who have made our airport what it is today.
At our February 2, 2015 meeting, chapter members began disassembly of the beacon. Each side containing the glass lenses were removed and set aside. Plans were discussed on the best way to prepare the surface for painting. We will be modifying the bulb assembly to add a small bulb of 40 to 150 watts. The beacon will be displayed at eye level so the bulb size will have to be adjusted to allow for safe viewing while maintaining the original bulb in case the beacon ever needs to be used again.