Airbus Question

Tue Apr 25, 2000 2:47 am

I was over at Logan International here in Boston last Sunday watching "the action" from the roof of Terminal B garage and I happened to notice something interesting.

When any Airbus aircraft touched down, the flashing white strobe lights on the wings that are normally activated prior to the take off roll, immediately ceased to function. This did not happen with any Boeing or any other manufactuers aircraft.

My question is for any Airbus pilot, mechanic, etc...Do the strobe lights on the wings automatically shut themselves off upon touchdown? If so, is there a manual override switch which would keep them flashing if a pilot deemed it necessary for sight purposes (i.e. fog?)
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Airbus Answer

Tue Apr 25, 2000 3:00 am

I know that on most, if not all, Airbus aircraft, a lot of the functions that would rely on switches are automatic. This includes your strobes. Like most functions, these can be overriden. Interestingly, when in the cockpit of an Airbus aircraft that is fully functional with nothing askew, there are no lights on. This way any light indicates a problem. This information was given to me by a United A320 pilot who loved to rant on and on about his beautiful bird.

RE: Airbus Answer

Tue Apr 25, 2000 3:13 am

Thanks 747-600x. I know that the Airbus is a very advanced aircraft, technologically speaking, but I guess I didn't realize how advanced it was!  

I had the pleasure of flying on my first Airbus last year (the A330-200 and 300 versions). I agree with your United friend, the Airbus is a great aircraft!

Thanks again for your quick response!
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You're Welcome.

Tue Apr 25, 2000 3:48 am

I've ridden on no less than 6 A320s, but not a single other Airbus aircraft. All United airlines.

RE: You're Welcome.

Tue Apr 25, 2000 3:55 am

I also enjoy the aircraft, although I don't think they're as good looking as the 777  

N.B. Some airlines SOP's require strobes to be OFF whilst off the R/W (EK for one).


Tue Apr 25, 2000 1:08 pm

Hi !

Normaly, ground spoilers and reverse thruster are activated (when armed) or can be activated with the landing gear squat switch. But I can't find any satisfactory answer for those strobes to be linked to that switch.
We are doing actually a special emphasis on Runway Incursion and A/C lighting is one of the precious tool that may help to reduce those dangerous incident (350 reported in 1999).
In the company I am flying the procedure is to turn on all lights when cleared on the RWY and to keep as needed when and only when clear of the active.

Hope this can help !

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RE: Airbus Question

Tue Apr 25, 2000 6:49 pm

On the 340 the strobes, once armed, are operative when the MLG are not compressed.

The Logo lts are operative when the legs are compressed or the flap are in excess of 15 degs