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User currently offlineScaredflyer21 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 355 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2056 times:

Hello, I have heard in other posts about signaling devices on aircraft to tell other planes which way they are turning. Where are these located on the aircraft? Where are the controls for these located in the flightdeck? And-Do all commercial planes have these?

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User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2038 times:

Well, in my old 747, we open the cockpit top emergency exit hatch, we lower our goggles on our nose, make a better fit with our white scarves, and zip-up our leather jackets, and we gesture the other planes flying in formation with us... at night we use candles, but because it is quite windy out there, we have to reduce our IAS considerably... really a problem, further, we have to depressurize the plane to open that hatch...
I understand the new Airbus A-380 will have turn light blinkers like cars have, modern technology relly improves things...
And a little humor never hurted anyone right...?  Wink/being sarcastic
Scaredflyer, which posts have you read this... At this time of the night I will believe anything...
(s) Skipper...


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29792 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2022 times:

Other then figuring out what navigation lights you are looking at on the other airplane, there isn't anyway.

They don't come with turn signals.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2010 times:

Correct, L-188...
On my plane, when the red light is on the right hand side, and the green light is on the left side, is when we entertain passengers with inverted flight...
We stop at nothing to have happy passengers...
 Wink/being sarcastic (s) Skipper


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29792 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

You know they got that marking system from boats.


OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineTAA_Airbus From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 726 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1989 times:

Its called a Radio!!!!
You tell them what way you are going!


User currently offlineErj-145mech From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 306 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1911 times:

Skipper, does that little white flashing light on the left wingtip mean that you're turing left? Wait, now the flashing light on the right tip is on! Make up your mind! The red light on top is flashing, are you slowing down?

Dave
Expressjet
TYS


User currently offlineFDXmech From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3251 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1898 times:

Perhaps you're referring to TCAS.


You're only as good as your last departure.
User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1866 times:

Dear L-188 -
You said they got the lights (red, left, and green right hand side, white in rear from ships...?) Wow, what a coincidence then...
Yes, I noticed also, coincidence, coincidence, such as title of crewmembers, the captain, the first officer, the second officer... coincidence... even heard that "skipper" is a nickname for the captain on ships, maybe I should do something with that name... I hear all my crewmembers calling me that name, there must be must be something to it.
Coincidence too, sometimes we dont say right hand, we say "starboard", and left hand, we say "port" or "portside"... even our passenger doors are generally open towards the (air-) port... coincidence...
International air law, in my old textbook of aviation, was initially derived from the "Admiralty Law", the law of high seas... coincidence...
In the rear (on the tail) we locate our national banner generally, like ships do.
We use nautical miles and knots for units...
As you said L-188, you got me on something there... wow...
Thanks for mentioning it to me, I bet nobody figured that one before  Wink/being sarcastic
(s) Skipper


User currently offlineShaun3000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1800 times:

Scaredflyer21:

Here's a serious answer for ya.  Smile

Planes do not have turn signals like on cars. There are a few things that can help, though. The right wing has a green light and the left wing has a red light. These lights can only be seen from the front or side. When looking from the back you will see either a steady white light on the tail or one at the rear of each wing. You can use these to determine which way a plane is heading, both in the air and on the ground.

Also, at a controlled field, you can listen to the ground freq. to help give a heads-up as to where planes are coming from.

Finally, many airliners have a loud horn that can be used to grab the attention of ground handlers. While it is VERY loud (loud enough to be heard over all the noise on the tarmac) is is not loud enough to hear from the cockpit of another plane. I've heard stories of pilots using these to honk at other planes or when ground traffic is backed up. (As a joke, of course. It's not effective for anything else.)


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29792 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1799 times:

B747skipper.....A little sarcasim there???

It is a Keel-hauling offense....

And on an A340-600 at FL370 that is pretty serious.  Wink/being sarcastic



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1789 times:

Dear L-188 -
Just an appropriate mix of sarcasm and humor...
Dont try to teach the basics to an old timer, maybe... a suggestion  Wink/being sarcastic
And spelling (besides obvious fat fingers) should always be a concern...
"Sarcasim", I have failed to locate in my dictionnary...
Spelling (here) or proper elocution (in social gatherings) confirm your standing.
Tough life, is it not ???
(s) Skipper



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