Timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 7065 posts, RR: 7 Posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3304 times:
What are the rules on beacons, in the US and elsewhere? In the US they invariably alternate white/yellow and green (usually a pale green); is that the same everywhere? Which airports have to have them? It can be anywhere on the field?
As you see http://www.airliners.net/open.file/442352/M/ SFO's beacon used to be on top of the old tower, right below the new one. But when I flew in last week I didn't see it flashing, and I didn't see it anywhere else. Is it there?
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3297 times:
I just happen to have my pocket size copy (somewhat dated, but the regs really haven't changed IIRC) of the FAA's Federal Aviation Regulations regarding Part 139, which pertains to the certification and operation of airports.
Basically, Part 139.311, section B states: "each certificate holder" (the airport operator)..."shall provide and maintain, when the airport is open during hours of darkness or during conditions below VFR minimums, at least the following lighting systems for air carrier operations on the airport:" There are 5 items listed under section B, of which #3 is "an airport beacon".
The prescribed colors of which would be detailed in an FAA Advisory Circular. I'll see if my slow dialup connection can find the exact AC, and see if the Part 139 wording has changed.
Tom at MSY
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