I drive by the Lawrence airport every day on my way to work and back and I've noticed during the last couple of months that the runway lights are on all the time at night. It used to be that the lights were only on when planes were coming in or leaving. Why is the city paying to have the lights on all night long now?
There are two reasons for the runway lights to be on past 8 p.m.: a pilot coming in to land or a pilot flying by for an instrument check, according to Hetrick Aviation, which manages the airport for the city. In either situation, the pilots can control, through their communication equipment, the runway lights. If they switch them on, they are only on for about 15 minutes or so. They shut off automatically.