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User currently offline36r From Canada, joined Dec 2001, 8 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 7 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2505 times:

Quick question about what I believe are the anti collision lights (top and bottom of the fuselage). Exactly when are these lights used? Are they used during the entire flight?

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User currently offlineVC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3702 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2398 times:
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From just before the engines are started to just after the engines are shut down

(sorry, I'm not a pilot just a know nothing engineer)


User currently offlineBuff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2392 times:

VC-10 is not a "know-nothing engineer", for anyone that is interested!

Not only that, he is right too!!

The white anti-collision lights are turned on just prior to entering the (or crossing an) active runway. Up until a few years ago, the Regulators in their collective wisdom didn't want pilots to turn the white anti-colls on until immediately prior to advancing the power levers for take-off. Then the landing accident at San Diego occurred and everyone came back to their senses.

Best Regards,

Buff


User currently offline36r From Canada, joined Dec 2001, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2385 times:

no disrespect intended vc-10!

thanks for the info guys!  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineBuff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2359 times:

Sorry 36r. My sense of humour didn't come out right...again. I was praising our VC-10's modesty!

I'm just a

Know Knothing Pilot,

Buff


User currently offlineVC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3702 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2329 times:
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Thanks Buff !

User currently offlineBuff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2314 times:

I was looking back at the thread discussing whose job was more important: mine for breaking things so you could fix them, or yours for providing me with a safe ship to operate, and the "humour" just didn't come across.

Apologies once again. Now must go out and make some work for you!

Humble Regards,

Buff


User currently offlineVC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3702 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2303 times:
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Don't worry, I didn't take offence. I already knew my job was more important !

User currently offlineTwotterwrench From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2303 times:

VC-10 Here! Here!

User currently offlineEvilboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2259 times:

The only thing that was mentioned is before and after the engines shut down, well this is true, the anti colision lights, the red ones, are also required to be on whenever the plane is in motion, and this includes when the plane is being towed even with the engines off.

User currently offlineBuff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2258 times:

The Dash 8 had a not-quite-useless anti-coll setup. The red was on top of the stab and only visible in a very limited 3-D arc. There was nothing on the belly. The whites were on the wing tips and tail cone. The whites had a nasty habit of freezing up at about -20 C (I think it was the ballast).

The reason the setup was next-to-useless is that frequently one or more of the whites would stop working, but only in flight!! (Altogether now: Ground Checked Serviceable!) Because of the sole red installation, the red could not be used as an MEL backup: all three whites had to be working or the aircraft was considered U/S for night ops!

Fix that!

Go figure.

Buff

PS Still working on a not-so-snappy comeback...


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