Adam T.
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Logo Lights - Who Decides If It Goes On Or Off.

Wed Nov 12, 2003 4:32 am

Hey Everyone,
I went over the airport overlook at CLT last night after dropping off my sister at my Aunts house in Charlotte. First time I had been there at night.
Anyway....as I was watching the aircraft, a question popped into my mind-
Does the Captain decide if the tail light goes on or off?
I thought at first it was maybe the airlines policy as almost all the US Airways jets had their tail light on, but then I saw some US Airways jets that didn't have it on.

Anyway.....totally useless information, but still something I was curious about...LOL.

Adam  Smile
 
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RE: The Tail Light-who Decides If It Goes On Or Off.

Wed Nov 12, 2003 4:43 am

The tail light, AKA 'Logo' light, would be a policy choice by the airline. Not all aircraft have such lights installed however.. Plus some planes may have burned-out lights, and an occasional absentminded pilot.
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AJ
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RE: The Tail Light-who Decides If It Goes On Or Off.

Wed Nov 12, 2003 4:44 am

Adam, it is up to the Airline's Standard Operating Procedures, which sometimes allow for Captain's discretion.

In addition some aircraft do not have them fitted (customer option).

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Adam T.
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RE: The Tail Light-who Decides If It Goes On Or Off.

Wed Nov 12, 2003 5:34 am

Thanks for the response guys!
AJ- which aircraft do you currently fly for Qantas?

Adam  Smile

 
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RE: The Tail Light-who Decides If It Goes On Or Off.

Wed Nov 12, 2003 5:36 am

Usually goes on when it's dark.

Onthe 330/340 it's only on when the gear is down, which is when the landing lights go to full beam too. (not a joke)
 
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RE: The Tail Light-who Decides If It Goes On Or Off.

Sat Nov 15, 2003 5:17 pm

Hi Adam, the Boeing 767.
 
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RE: The Tail Light-who Decides If It Goes On Or Off.

Sat Nov 15, 2003 7:33 pm

UPS deactivated their logo lights on the DC-8. Some of the DC-8s have the pods housing the lights still on the tips of the wings, others have one or both removed.
 
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RE: Logo Lights - Who Decides If It Goes On Or Off.

Sat Nov 15, 2003 10:05 pm

I noticed that Caribbean Star was ferrying a plane to pick up passengers, but its logo lights were off. When it had passengers on board I noticed they were on. Do you think it is also used only when passengers are on board and it is doing a rev flight?
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RE: Logo Lights - Who Decides If It Goes On Or Off.

Sat Nov 15, 2003 10:14 pm

During the SARS period this year, CX has decided to turn off all logo light in order to save $$$. So, it seems that turning on the logo light is not a mandatory issue.
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RE: Logo Lights - Who Decides If It Goes On Or Off.

Sat Nov 15, 2003 10:16 pm

In the case of NWA's DC-9s, they seem to come on when the aircraft is just after takeoff or close to landing. This much I know from my last DC-9 night flight in back of the aircraft. But, I don't think they are linked to the landing gear like in an Airbus. Again, it seems to be a policy decision and entirely up to the discretion of the airline as to if they come on or not (assuming the plane has them) and when.
 
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RE: Logo Lights - Who Decides If It Goes On Or Off.

Sat Nov 15, 2003 10:32 pm

The other night at MCI, I noticed that out of all the planes I watched, only two used the logo lights (both were SWA planes). The other SWA planes didn't, nor did the AA, Delta, Frontier, US or UAL planes I saw had them on.

Also, I don't think it's tied into the landing lights, at least on the SWA jets, since every SWA jet took off with the landing lights on.

[Edited 2003-11-15 14:33:58]
 
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RE: Logo Lights - Who Decides If It Goes On Or Off.

Sat Nov 15, 2003 10:37 pm

AirTran has them on their 717s. Also, the ex-TWA jets have them. When I flew FL in 6/2002, The Pilot turned on the logo light and it was BRIGHT!!!! If you email me, I will send you some photos. To add to that note, the 717 has a "Press/Depress" Button switch on the overhead panel, just above the center windscreen that turns the logo light on/off It says LOGO LT.

[Edited 2003-11-15 14:42:08]
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