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BA's 747-400 Without Taxi Lights.  
User currently offlineQantas744ER From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1280 posts, RR: 4
Posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8737 times:

Hey, im wondering why BA doesnt have taxi lights on their 747-400"s they only use the RWY turnoff lights. Even their newer 744's dont feature this.

I also noticed that QF dont have them either exept on the 744 with GE engines including the ER's. And the new 744's VH-OJS and OJU

CX dont have any either. Exept on the Ex. SQ planes.

So are these airlines planning to install them or not ???

Heres the BA without taxi lights.


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Heres a VS plane with Taxi lights.


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As you can see the VS plane has lights over the runway turnoff lights.

So 2 different types of lights on the gear.

Cheers Leo


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User currently offlineQantas744ER From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1280 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8684 times:

Is there anyone that has info?

Cheers Leo



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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8674 times:

I never noticed it until you brought it to my attention. Thanks Qantas744ER. Now I know something new about 744's. Maybe a BA pilot can shed info on this.

MCOflyer



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User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4731 posts, RR: 45
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8633 times:

Sorry you're wrong:





It's just a matter of whether the pilot uses them or not.

[Edited 2006-08-08 21:44:33]

[Edited 2006-08-08 21:45:23]


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21088 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8514 times:

Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 3):
It's just a matter of whether the pilot uses them or not.

Which could be a question of whether it's dark outside or not. If it's daylight, there's no real need for the taxi lights to be on.

-Mir



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User currently offlineKL808 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1582 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8501 times:

Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 3):
Sorry you're wrong:

I dont think he is. If you look closely at the two pictures he provided, you can see that the BA aircraft has only 2 lights on its main landing gear, while on the VS B744 it has 4 lights on its main landing gear. Take a look.

Quoting Qantas744ER (Thread starter):
im wondering why BA doesnt have taxi lights on their 747-400"s they only use the RWY turnoff lights

This could be an option carriers choose. For example a lot of carriers opt not to have the tail lights installed.

Maybe somebody can clarify.

Drew



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User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4731 posts, RR: 45
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8472 times:

Quoting KL808 (Reply 5):
I dont think he is. If you look closely at the two pictures he provided, you can see that the BA aircraft has only 2 lights on its main landing gear, while on the VS B744 it has 4 lights on its main landing gear. Take a look.

you're right, my bad, sorry OP



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User currently offlineQantas744ER From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1280 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8405 times:

Hey, thanks for your answers Big grin

Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 6):

you're right, my bad, sorry OP

No problem  Silly

I also found out that the earlier 747-400's didnt have the taxi lights and only RWY turnoff lights aswell. But after Line Number 900 or something like that the airlines had an option to get them. And i think because BA does have a lot of pre LN 900 they decided not to get any Taxi lights on their newer 744's even if it was an option. So its probably just to keep the costs for spare bulbs away etc.

But many airlines like UA did decide to retrofitt their 744's. And give even the older ones taxi lights.

So for now

BA
CX
QF
LH
JL
and Korean ( cant remember the code)
Dont have them.



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User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4731 posts, RR: 45
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8386 times:

Quoting Qantas744ER (Reply 7):
I also found out that the earlier 747-400's didnt have the taxi lights and only RWY turnoff lights aswell.

I don't think this is it given the first 744s off the line for NWA had the taxi and landing nose-wheel lights. See below:


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Interesting question!



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User currently offlineQantas744ER From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1280 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8284 times:

Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 8):
I don't think this is it given the first 744s off the line for NWA had the taxi and landing nose-wheel lights. See below:

My Bad... lol  Silly so maybe operators that just didnt feel the need to have them??

Cheers Leo



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User currently offlineCXB744 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8201 times:

I think every B747-400 has taxi lights. Thats why they are at a angle. They can be pointed forward or turn to help the pilots see where they are going. The two lights on top are just extra "landing lights" to make the aircraft more visible when the landing gear is down as compared to having just the wing lights on.


What is it? It's A 747-400, but that's not important right now.
User currently offlineQantas744ER From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1280 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 8165 times:

Quoting CXB744 (Reply 10):
I think every B747-400 has taxi lights. Thats why they are at a angle. They can be pointed forward or turn to help the pilots see where they are going. The two lights on top are just extra "landing lights" to make the aircraft more visible when the landing gear is down as compared to having just the wing lights on.

Wrong the lights on the bottom are called Runway turnoff lights, the ones on the top are taxi lights and the 2 pairs on the wings are Landing lights.

Just look at the picture and stop playin smart  Wink

And in no way can they be pointed foward.

Cheers Leo



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User currently offlineMendaero From Australia, joined Jul 2006, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 7964 times:

Quoting KL808 (Reply 5):
This could be an option carriers choose. For example a lot of carriers opt not to have the tail lights installed.

The tail/Logo lights are required and all 747 have them installed, however you can opt for three lights on each side instead of the usual 2. QF has three on each side and even upgraded the three A/C that were purchased second hand I believe.

[Edited 2006-08-09 08:30:03]

User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1787 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 7943 times:
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Quoting Qantas744ER (Reply 7):
and Korean ( cant remember the code)

KE

Quoting CXB744 (Reply 10):
I think every B747-400 has taxi lights. Thats why they are at a angle. They can be pointed forward or turn to help the pilots see where they are going.

Those lights don't move. I think with the lightings is adequate enough. They are pretty bright when taxi in to the gate on shining in to your eyes.

My question os why do they flash before going off when the gear is retracted.



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User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7207 times:

Quoting FlyDeltaJets (Reply 13):
My question os why do they flash before going off when the gear is retracted

Flashing before moving off I believe is to tell the ground crew that they acknowledge that they see them with the gear pins I think. You don't see them flashing in the day.

As for the second one the taxi lights and runway turnoff lights turn off automatically when the main undercarriage leaves the ground on takeoff. These lights would not come on when the aircraft is inflight even when they are turned on in the cockpit. That is why many times if you notice when the pilots have those switches on when the aircraft touches down on the main undercarriage the lights come on automatically.



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User currently offlineTristarsteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 3930 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6024 times:

Its also the same on the B757. Most of BA B757 have no nose taxi light. One aircraft, PEL I think, has a nose taxi light down between the nosewheels like most B737 have, but its the only one.

User currently offlineQantas744ER From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1280 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4399 times:

Is there nobody from BA out there? with any info?

Cheers Leo



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