AerLingus A330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1302 times:
I was over at Logan International here in Boston last Sunday watching "the action" from the roof of Terminal B garage and I happened to notice something interesting.
When any Airbus aircraft touched down, the flashing white strobe lights on the wings that are normally activated prior to the take off roll, immediately ceased to function. This did not happen with any Boeing or any other manufactuers aircraft.
My question is for any Airbus pilot, mechanic, etc...Do the strobe lights on the wings automatically shut themselves off upon touchdown? If so, is there a manual override switch which would keep them flashing if a pilot deemed it necessary for sight purposes (i.e. fog?)
747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2780 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1132 times:
I know that on most, if not all, Airbus aircraft, a lot of the functions that would rely on switches are automatic. This includes your strobes. Like most functions, these can be overriden. Interestingly, when in the cockpit of an Airbus aircraft that is fully functional with nothing askew, there are no lights on. This way any light indicates a problem. This information was given to me by a United A320 pilot who loved to rant on and on about his beautiful bird.
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JFL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1067 times:
Normaly, ground spoilers and reverse thruster are activated (when armed) or can be activated with the landing gear squat switch. But I can't find any satisfactory answer for those strobes to be linked to that switch.
We are doing actually a special emphasis on Runway Incursion and A/C lighting is one of the precious tool that may help to reduce those dangerous incident (350 reported in 1999).
In the company I am flying the procedure is to turn on all lights when cleared on the RWY and to keep as needed when and only when clear of the active.