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Lights On 764 Nose Gear

Sun May 22, 2005 10:42 pm

I was sitting in front of a 764 when it was pulling into the gate at ATL this morning and noticed that there were 2 lights, a green and an orange, that came on when it seemed like the PIC put the parking brakes on. Is this some sort of indication to the tug driver that the brakes are set and its OK to do his thing?
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RE: Lights On 764 Nose Gear

Sun May 22, 2005 11:03 pm

Not sure how DL has their 764s setup, but this is how it is on CO 764s:

There are 3 lights in the nose gear. 2 are on the rt side of nose gear and one on the left side.

- PARKING BRAKE SET (amber) - The parking brake is
set. (Brake pedals pushed, brake lever set, and
the parking brake valve closed)
- BRAKES ON (red) - Hydraulic pressure is applied
to the brakes, but parking brake is not set

- BRAKES OFF (blue) - Brake pedals have not been
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RE: Lights On 764 Nose Gear

Mon May 23, 2005 12:34 am

Many larger jets have this feature. It's just to let ground personal know when it is safe to push back or tow a jet.
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RE: Lights On 764 Nose Gear

Mon May 23, 2005 11:39 pm

Any Pics on the same [lights].
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RE: Lights On 764 Nose Gear

Tue May 24, 2005 12:00 am

We are told not to trust these lights as it has been known for them to not work even though the brake is applied (on the 744).

If in doubt, it doesnt take two seconds to just ask "Excuse me flight deck, can you please confirm the status of the park brake?"

I for one, ignore those lights when checking if the brake is on and I will always call up and ask...
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