36r
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Question For The Pilots

Sat Mar 31, 2001 8:52 am

Quick question about what I believe are the anti collision lights (top and bottom of the fuselage). Exactly when are these lights used? Are they used during the entire flight?
 
VC-10
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RE: Question For The Pilots

Sat Mar 31, 2001 10:16 am

From just before the engines are started to just after the engines are shut down

(sorry, I'm not a pilot just a know nothing engineer)
 
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RE: Question For The Pilots

Sat Mar 31, 2001 10:22 am

VC-10 is not a "know-nothing engineer", for anyone that is interested!

Not only that, he is right too!!

The white anti-collision lights are turned on just prior to entering the (or crossing an) active runway. Up until a few years ago, the Regulators in their collective wisdom didn't want pilots to turn the white anti-colls on until immediately prior to advancing the power levers for take-off. Then the landing accident at San Diego occurred and everyone came back to their senses.

Best Regards,

Buff
 
36r
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RE: Question For The Pilots

Sat Mar 31, 2001 11:57 am

no disrespect intended vc-10!

thanks for the info guys!  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Question For The Pilots

Sat Mar 31, 2001 2:18 pm

Sorry 36r. My sense of humour didn't come out right...again. I was praising our VC-10's modesty!

I'm just a

Know Knothing Pilot,

Buff
 
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RE: Question For The Pilots

Sat Mar 31, 2001 6:49 pm

Thanks Buff !
 
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RE: Question For The Pilots

Sun Apr 01, 2001 1:50 am

I was looking back at the thread discussing whose job was more important: mine for breaking things so you could fix them, or yours for providing me with a safe ship to operate, and the "humour" just didn't come across.

Apologies once again. Now must go out and make some work for you!

Humble Regards,

Buff
 
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RE: Question For The Pilots

Sun Apr 01, 2001 4:30 am

Don't worry, I didn't take offence. I already knew my job was more important !
 
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RE: Question For The Pilots

Sun Apr 01, 2001 4:36 am

VC-10 Here! Here!
 
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Everyone Forgot Something

Sat Apr 07, 2001 12:39 pm

The only thing that was mentioned is before and after the engines shut down, well this is true, the anti colision lights, the red ones, are also required to be on whenever the plane is in motion, and this includes when the plane is being towed even with the engines off.
 
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RE: Question For The Pilots

Sat Apr 07, 2001 12:52 pm

The Dash 8 had a not-quite-useless anti-coll setup. The red was on top of the stab and only visible in a very limited 3-D arc. There was nothing on the belly. The whites were on the wing tips and tail cone. The whites had a nasty habit of freezing up at about -20 C (I think it was the ballast).

The reason the setup was next-to-useless is that frequently one or more of the whites would stop working, but only in flight!! (Altogether now: Ground Checked Serviceable!) Because of the sole red installation, the red could not be used as an MEL backup: all three whites had to be working or the aircraft was considered U/S for night ops!

Fix that!

Go figure.

Buff

PS Still working on a not-so-snappy comeback...

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