workhorse wrote:1) When do you turn the beacon on? Is it before releasing the brakes (if pushback is required) or before starting the engines?
2) When do you turn the strobe on? Is it when entering the runway or before setting takeoff power?
Of course, I understand that most often events 1a and 1b as well as 2a and 2b appear very close to each other, but still, what is the "official" trigger?
workhorse wrote:Thank you very much!
By the way, it has always surprised me that engines are started during pushback. You still have some people around the plane at that time (the tug driver, the wingwalkers...). Also, does that not put additional pressure on the tow bar and the tug?
gloom wrote:I think even with all those little differences, we all agree that one main reason to have beacon is to show to the outer world (ground staff in general) that the plane is getting started (or is running). So, basically a warning light. Be it a pushback, startup or coming to blocks, it means "move off and be extra careful".
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