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Flashing Red Lights On Bottom Of Aircraft  
User currently offlineTimePilot From Switzerland, joined Sep 2005, 296 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 10844 times:

(A question similar to this one: Rotating Red Lights On Fuselage & Blinking Ones (by Vimanav Aug 26 2003 in Tech Ops))

Are those lights called strobes? Or are strobes just the lights on the wing tips? Also do the red lights on the bottom rotate (like a fire engine's lights) when on the ground, then flash when up in the air? I seem to have noticed that.

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User currently offlineDColeMAN From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 274 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 10839 times:

That's right. The two flashing red lights on the top and bottom of the fuselage are the beacon lights and the white one's on on each wing tip are the strobe lights.

As far as I know it seems to be the older aircraft have rotating beacon light/s? Correct me if I'm wrong on that one.

Dale



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User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 10828 times:

The strobes are the white flashing ones in the wingtips.
The Navigation lights are the red & green in the wingtips.
The beacon is that red one that you say, and is indeed used to tell that the engines are running.

Quoting TimePilot (Thread starter):
on the ground, then flash when up in the air? I seem to have noticed that.

No, it rotates also in the air, but you don't notice it because you wont see that ''going around'' thing that reflexes on the ground, instead, if you are looking sideways and it's spinning, you'll see it go on and off cause you see the back part when its spinning and its pointing to the other side, thus making it look like flashing from the distance. I tried to be as clear as I could.  Smile

Mike



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31660 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days ago) and read 10815 times:

Quoting AR1300 (Reply 2):
The beacon is that red one that you say, and is indeed used to tell that the engines are running.

Reffered to as the Anti collosion lights.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineAogdesk From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 935 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 10764 times:

Pay heed to those anti-collision (beacon) lights. I've seen a few baggage carts get toppled after a careless ramper drove behind a running engine or two.

User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 10731 times:

Strobes are a type of lighting system. You can have strobe beacons, rotating incandescent beacons, flashing incandescent beacons, and LED beacons. Similarly, you can have wingtip strobes, wingtip oscillating incandescent lights, wingtip flashing incandescent lights, and wingtip LED lights.

The bottom line: Not all beacons rotate and not all wingtip lights are strobes.

Here's a strobe tube:


Here's a strobe beacon:


Here's an incandescent bulb:


Here's an LED beacon:


Mark


User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10695 times:

Quoting AR1300 (Reply 2):
The beacon is that red one that you say, and is indeed used to tell that the engines are running

or the aircraft is a bout to move right?? we have beacons on when we tow aircraft, no engines running!!


User currently offlineNORTHSEATIGER From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 432 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10684 times:

At my company you know when the a/c is about to taxi because they put the fixed floods on, when towing the a/c the anti-coll is switched on, this is also switched on prior to start, never heard of it refering to engines being running, the red and green lights at the a/c port/starboard side are nav lights or ordnance lights (including the white light at aft of a/c (reversing light)) the white flashing ones are strobes and red flashing/rotating are anti collision lights.


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User currently offlineTimePilot From Switzerland, joined Sep 2005, 296 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 10637 times:

Quoting AR1300 (Reply 2):
No, it rotates also in the air, but you don't notice it because you wont see that ''going around'' thing that reflexes on the ground, instead, if you are looking sideways and it's spinning, you'll see it go on and off cause you see the back part when its spinning and its pointing to the other side, thus making it look like flashing from the distance. I tried to be as clear as I could.

Gotcha'

And a quick refresher- green on the left wing, red on the right? And old flight sim manual said it was so that other aircraft could tell which direction the aircraft was flying in.


User currently offlineDc8friendship From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 242 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 10531 times:

Red on Left, Green on right. If you see a green light, he's flying from your left to your right. If its red hes flying from your right to left. If its white he's flying away from you, and if it's Green on your left and red on your right, then watch out 'cause he's coming straight at you!


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User currently offlineFredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 10530 times:

Mnemonic: "There's no red port left".

The rotating beacons on is the indication rampers are looking at to see if the engines are running. Pilots messing this up better be careful during their walk-around... I once got a dose of hot air down my neck when putting the blocks on an aircraft where they had turned off the beacons prematurely, and I was not a happy camper.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31660 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 10508 times:

Quoting TimePilot (Reply 8):
green on the left wing, red on the right



Quoting TimePilot (Reply 8):
Red on Left, Green on right

Red on Port,Green on Starboard Wingtip.
Out here.Anticols are switched on as a reminder to personnel on grd that some system is being operated/Engines starting/Aircraft moving.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 14 hours ago) and read 10453 times:

Quoting Matt72033 (Reply 6):
we have beacons on when we tow aircraft, no engines running!!

maybe it means that they are about to turn them on! Big grin

Mike



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31660 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 6 hours ago) and read 10408 times:

Quoting AR1300 (Reply 12):
Quoting Matt72033 (Reply 6):
we have beacons on when we tow aircraft, no engines running!!

maybe it means that they are about to turn them on!

Mik

Means.Caution,some Mx related work in progress on the Aircraft  Smile
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 6 hours ago) and read 10408 times:

Quoting AR1300 (Reply 12):
maybe it means that they are about to turn them on!

no, we taxi from line to hangar, no engines at all!


User currently onlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21420 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 4 hours ago) and read 10396 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 3):
Reffered to as the Anti collosion lights

At my flight school, the strobes are referred to as anti-collision lights (as part of a mnemonic for what is required for night flight). The Warriors that are used don't have beacon lights at all - the strobes are used during the day, and the navigation lights are used at night.

I've always used the terms beacon and strobes to avoid confusion.

-Mir



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