Adam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5 Posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3882 times:
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.
Iahcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3481 posts, RR: 40
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3799 times:
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.
Captaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3352 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?
JMChladek From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 331 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3319 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.
Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3281 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.
BR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3261 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.