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Logo Lights - Who Decides If It Goes On Or Off.  
User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3839 times:

Hey Everyone,
I went over the airport overlook at CLT last night after dropping off my sister at my Aunts house in Charlotte. First time I had been there at night.
Anyway....as I was watching the aircraft, a question popped into my mind-
Does the Captain decide if the tail light goes on or off?
I thought at first it was maybe the airlines policy as almost all the US Airways jets had their tail light on, but then I saw some US Airways jets that didn't have it on.

Anyway.....totally useless information, but still something I was curious about...LOL.

Adam  Smile

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User currently offlineIahcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3469 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3756 times:
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The tail light, AKA 'Logo' light, would be a policy choice by the airline. Not all aircraft have such lights installed however.. Plus some planes may have burned-out lights, and an occasional absentminded pilot.


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User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2397 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3747 times:

Adam, it is up to the Airline's Standard Operating Procedures, which sometimes allow for Captain's discretion.

In addition some aircraft do not have them fitted (customer option).

Cheers.


User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3649 times:

Thanks for the response guys!
AJ- which aircraft do you currently fly for Qantas?

Adam  Smile



User currently offlineCrewrest From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3643 times:

Usually goes on when it's dark.

Onthe 330/340 it's only on when the gear is down, which is when the landing lights go to full beam too. (not a joke)


User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2397 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3489 times:

Hi Adam, the Boeing 767.

User currently offlinePenguinflies From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 990 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3415 times:

UPS deactivated their logo lights on the DC-8. Some of the DC-8s have the pods housing the lights still on the tips of the wings, others have one or both removed.

User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3309 times:

I noticed that Caribbean Star was ferrying a plane to pick up passengers, but its logo lights were off. When it had passengers on board I noticed they were on. Do you think it is also used only when passengers are on board and it is doing a rev flight?


There is something special about planes....
User currently offlineAeroyu From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2000, 178 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3285 times:

During the SARS period this year, CX has decided to turn off all logo light in order to save $$$. So, it seems that turning on the logo light is not a mandatory issue.


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User currently offlineJMChladek From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 331 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3276 times:

In the case of NWA's DC-9s, they seem to come on when the aircraft is just after takeoff or close to landing. This much I know from my last DC-9 night flight in back of the aircraft. But, I don't think they are linked to the landing gear like in an Airbus. Again, it seems to be a policy decision and entirely up to the discretion of the airline as to if they come on or not (assuming the plane has them) and when.

User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3238 times:

The other night at MCI, I noticed that out of all the planes I watched, only two used the logo lights (both were SWA planes). The other SWA planes didn't, nor did the AA, Delta, Frontier, US or UAL planes I saw had them on.

Also, I don't think it's tied into the landing lights, at least on the SWA jets, since every SWA jet took off with the landing lights on.

[Edited 2003-11-15 14:33:58]

User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3218 times:

AirTran has them on their 717s. Also, the ex-TWA jets have them. When I flew FL in 6/2002, The Pilot turned on the logo light and it was BRIGHT!!!! If you email me, I will send you some photos. To add to that note, the 717 has a "Press/Depress" Button switch on the overhead panel, just above the center windscreen that turns the logo light on/off It says LOGO LT.

[Edited 2003-11-15 14:42:08]

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