Ziggy From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 178 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1438 times:
CFR 91.209 states
No person may operate an aircraft that is equipped with an anticollision light system, unless it has lighted anticolision lights. HOWEVER the anticolision lights need not be lighted when the pilot in command determines that, because of operating conditions, it would be in the interest of safety to turn the lights off.
Oldman From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1293 times:
In the clouds who will see the rotating beacon? If they are that close it's to late..
The aircraft I retired from had strobe nav lites.
I have taken off with out landing lights although not a common practise, under conditions such as dense fog ie: 300 rvr or blowing snow will definately afford you more forward visibility and better direction control. Regards, Oldman
Oldman From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1284 times:
I made a mistake in the previous reply. The aircraft that I retired from did not have strobe (colored) nav. lites. Just strobe (white) flashers on the wing tips that were turned off in reduced vis at night. Sorry, Oldman
Ralgha From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 1614 posts, RR: 6 Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1273 times:
I have also taken off at night without using landing lights. Also, once inawhile, the "rotating" (most newer ones don't rotate anymore ) beacon does get annoying in reduced vis at night and I'll turn it off, though it doesn't happen very often.
A330 From Belgium, joined May 1999, 649 posts, RR: 8 Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1234 times:
No FL100, Are you joking, the PANS recommend that the transition altitude is the lowest possible altitude, but preferably not under 3000 ft. In Most countries, the transition alt. and thus also level is situated WELL below 10000ft.
By the way, ALWAYS put on your NAV lights for safety, do not depart (even in general aviation) without the Beacon light. Just plain sense and airmanship.
Western727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 643 posts, RR: 4 Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1230 times:
For the past while, AOPA has favored a concept called "operation lights on." Where all operational lights are turned on, including the nav and anti-collision, day or night. I think it's a great idea, except I think I'd still follow the rule where you only use your landing light within 10 NM of the airport during the day. Landing lights burn out easily, at least in the airplanes that I'm flying right now.