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Wing Tip Strobe Lights On Passenger Planes...  
User currently offlineAA777-200 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 322 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5843 times:

Someone correct me if im wrong...but itsnt it a requirement for commercial passenger planes to have wing tip strobe lights? Is it just a requirement if it was built after a certain date? It was an old 727 that I noticed at work today that didnt have them and was just curious. Any info is appreciated....
Thanks
Brad

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User currently offlineCVGpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 588 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5731 times:

Look it up online useing and up to date online FAR/AIM, pretty sure it under part 91.


Globally Yours
User currently offlineTrnsWrld From United States of America, joined May 1999, 891 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5625 times:

Every 727 I have ever been on (usually TWA and some AA) have always had strobes on. Infact they had a front and rear mounted seperate strobe that blinked individually. Might just be a possibility that they had them switched off. Pilots will do this while on the ground obviously, and a lot of times while flying through clouds or foggy conditions. This might not have been your case but im just tryin to think of some possibilities.
Later


User currently offlineNm19371 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5567 times:

I don't recall seeing strobes on wingtips before 1985-86 or so... I grew up near one of the approaches to BOS and remember the 1st time I saw the strobes and wondered what the heck they were.

User currently offlineAA777-200 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 322 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5384 times:

I watched the aircraft come in from a left base all the way to the ground and it did not have strobes the entire time. As to looking it up....im too lazy lol. I thought maybe the smart and knowledgable people of airliners would know this! Oh well..thanks for the replies so far!
Brad


User currently offlineTWISTEDWHISPER From Sweden, joined Aug 2003, 711 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5239 times:

Try to post your question in the Tech/OPS forum instead  Wink/being sarcastic


Read between the lines.
User currently offlineAA777-200 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 322 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5167 times:

Oh yeah I guess your right. I thought I was in the tech/ops when I posted.....oops the jet exhaust must be finally getting to me....

Brad


User currently offlineBarney Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 887 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5115 times:

"Someone correct me if im wrong...but itsnt it a requirement for commercial passenger planes to have wing tip strobe lights?"

Not at all. In fact none of our (SWA) -200's have strobes installed.



...from the Banana Republic....
User currently offlineDTW757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1527 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5063 times:

Here's what the FAR's state for operating an aircraft.

§ 91.209 Aircraft lights.
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No person may:

(a) During the period from sunset to sunrise (or, in Alaska, during the period a prominent unlighted object cannot be seen from a distance of 3 statute miles or the sun is more than 6 degrees below the horizon)—

(1) Operate an aircraft unless it has lighted position lights;

(2) Park or move an aircraft in, or in dangerous proximity to, a night flight operations area of an airport unless the aircraft—

(i) Is clearly illuminated;

(ii) Has lighted position lights; or

(iii) is in an area that is marked by obstruction lights;

(3) Anchor an aircraft unless the aircraft—

(i) Has lighted anchor lights; or

(ii) Is in an area where anchor lights are not required on vessels; or

(b) Operate an aircraft that is equipped with an anticollision light system, unless it has lighted anticollision lights. However, the anticollision 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.




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User currently offlineShenzhen From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 1706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4880 times:

I checked the Minimum Equipment List for the 737 (which includes the NG) and it states that one bulb must be working for the green, red and both white wing tip navagation lights, for night flights. The strobe light on the 737 wingtip is an option, and not required for flight. You can also dispatch with one anti collision "strobe" light inoperative (installed on the upper and lower fuselage).

Cheers


User currently offlineFtrguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4848 times:

In a nutshell the FAR's state that an aircraft has to have some sort of anti-collision light on during movement. Most aircraft usually have a red rotating beacon. Strobes are usually just an extra measure, but can also be the only anti-collision light if need be.

User currently offlineDrJetMech From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 4767 times:

The red anti-collision lights on the top and bottom of the fuselage are a requirement, but the strobes on the wing tips are not. But, if they are installed there probably is some kind of mel for them.

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