PAPI Systems


PAPI and APAPI systems provide pilots with a safe and accurate glide slope on final approach to the runway. The precision approach path indicator (PAPI) uses a row of light housing assemblies (LHAs) placed perpendicular to the runway approach path. Pilots can easily determine if their approach is too high, too low, or correctly on slope through combinations of red and white lights. The Carmanah PAPI/APAPI is available in three basic models with multiple configuration options to exceed ICAO, FAA, and STANAG requirements.

Permanent runways
Temporary runways
Emergency runways
Military and NVG operations

Easy Installation
The precision approach path indicator (PAPI) works equally well in permanent or temporary locations. Permanent mounting is easy with standard frangible mounting. Temporary deployment is fast with retractable legs and a lightweight, compact form factor.

Advanced Optics
The PAPI and the abbreviated PAPI (APAPI) use patented, LED-based optics to achieve the lowest power consumption, highest intensity, and sharpest white/red transition. They exceed ICAO, FAA, and STANAG requirements to provide a clear approach path to the aviator.

Power Supply Versatility
The low power consumption of the PAPI makes it mate well with several available power supplies:
• Solar kit
• Generator kit
• Battery kit
• AC only

The optional wireless control provides on-demand operation from over 4 km (2.5 mi) away. There is also 3- and 5-step, wired control, and local control available.

Deployed around the globe, from military to civilian airfields and from the Middle East to the Arctic Circle, the PAPI has proven it is robust.

L-880 AND L-881

Specification sheets: English | Spanish | French User manual (permanent mounting): Download User manual (portable mounting): Download Tilt switch guide: Download Operation overview: Download Purchase specification (permanent mounting): Download Purchase specification (portable mounting): Download FAA and ICAO certificates: Download


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Lower Cost

Over 60% cheaper than conventional lighting. No cables or electrical infrastructure required.


Lights turn on automatically every night. Solar panels keep batteries fully charged.


From order to operation in under 4 weeks. Fast shipping. Installs in 1-2 days.

Airfield Manager
US Army National Guard

“Carmanah airfield lights saved lives in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II at Balad Air Base. Your sturdy maintenance-free self-contained lights were deployed in one day, lighting our parking pads, refueling areas, taxiways and four landing pads for our 140 plus helicopters. They instantly made our operations safer. Great product.”

USAF Pilot
US Air Force

“We tested the A704 and I must say it is nice. It was on this morning when I pulled in. Yesterday we had a midday thunderstorm and it came on due to the overcast. I was surprised at how little darkness it needed to trigger operational mode.”

Airfield Manager
US Air National Guard

“We have received great feedback from our range control officers and the aircrews alike. The lights have truly lived up to and far exceeded our expectations. I would not hesitate to recommend them to our fellow ranges.”