AA777-200
Topic Author
Posts: 305
Joined: Mon Jul 12, 1999 2:58 pm

Wing Tip Strobe Lights On Passenger Planes...

Tue Feb 10, 2004 2:56 pm

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
 
CVGpilot
Posts: 579
Joined: Sat Dec 27, 2003 5:20 am

RE: Wing Tip Strobe Lights On Passenger Planes...

Tue Feb 10, 2004 3:26 pm

Look it up online useing and up to date online FAR/AIM, pretty sure it under part 91.
 
trnswrld
Posts: 1068
Joined: Sat May 22, 1999 2:19 am

RE: Wing Tip Strobe Lights On Passenger Planes...

Tue Feb 10, 2004 4:37 pm

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
 
nm19371
Posts: 68
Joined: Mon Sep 17, 2001 12:32 pm

RE: Wing Tip Strobe Lights On Passenger Planes...

Tue Feb 10, 2004 5:19 pm

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.
 
AA777-200
Topic Author
Posts: 305
Joined: Mon Jul 12, 1999 2:58 pm

RE: Wing Tip Strobe Lights On Passenger Planes...

Thu Feb 12, 2004 1:28 am

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
 
Twistedwhisper
Posts: 689
Joined: Mon Aug 18, 2003 11:52 pm

RE: Wing Tip Strobe Lights On Passenger Planes...

Thu Feb 12, 2004 2:13 am

Try to post your question in the Tech/OPS forum instead  Wink/being sarcastic
Read between the lines.
 
AA777-200
Topic Author
Posts: 305
Joined: Mon Jul 12, 1999 2:58 pm

RE: Wing Tip Strobe Lights On Passenger Planes...

Thu Feb 12, 2004 3:16 am

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
 
barney captain
Posts: 1409
Joined: Tue Nov 06, 2001 5:47 pm

RE: Wing Tip Strobe Lights On Passenger Planes...

Thu Feb 12, 2004 3:40 am

"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.
Southeast Of Disorder
 
Dtw757
Posts: 1270
Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2003 10:05 am

RE: Wing Tip Strobe Lights On Passenger Planes...

Thu Feb 12, 2004 3:50 am

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

§ 91.209 Aircraft lights.
top
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.

721,2,732,3,4,5,G,8,9,741,2,3,4,752,3,762,3,4,772,3,788,D93,5,M80,D10,M11,L10,100,AB6,319,20,21,332,3,346,388,146,CR2,7,
 
Shenzhen
Posts: 1664
Joined: Wed Jun 25, 2003 12:11 pm

RE: Wing Tip Strobe Lights On Passenger Planes...

Thu Feb 12, 2004 11:42 am

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
 
ftrguy
Posts: 347
Joined: Fri Aug 29, 2003 8:17 am

RE: Wing Tip Strobe Lights On Passenger Planes...

Thu Feb 12, 2004 11:51 am

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.
 
DrJetMech
Posts: 44
Joined: Fri Jan 23, 2004 2:24 pm

RE: Wing Tip Strobe Lights On Passenger Planes...

Thu Feb 12, 2004 5:00 pm

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.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 15 guests