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What Exterior Lights Are On An Aircraft?

Mon Mar 05, 2007 8:36 am

For example, a 747? What exterior lights are there? Perhaps someone could point me to a list? When is each one used?
 
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RE: What Exterior Lights Are On An Aircraft?

Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:07 am

On all planes (required):

1) Nav lights: Red on left wing, green on right wing, white light (facing the rear) on the tail.
2) Anticollision beacon: rotating and/or pulsating red light, located on top of fuselage or the tail

Required for commercial operators:
- Landing light (optional for part 91 ops, but definitely something I'd want to have  Wink ). It is still legal to operate a GA plane with an inoperative landing light as long as you're not using it for a commercial operation...

Not sure who requires these: (probably required at some point):
- anticollision high intensity strobes (white), mounted on wingtips and sometimes the tail as well. Not required for GA, but I'm not sure about others. However, just about every GA plane I've ever flown is equipped with them, and when I fly, I turn them on once I'm on the runway and shut them off before exiting the runway. I do also turn them off inside clouds (the strobe reflecting back on you can be mesmerizing...it makes the prop appear to have stopped and feels like you're on a disco dance floor  Wink ).
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RE: What Exterior Lights Are On An Aircraft?

Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:29 am

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 1):
Not required for GA,

IIRC, all planes manufactured after some date (1970 something or 1990 something?) require anticollision lights (strobes) per the FARs.

Too lazy to flip through the FAR/AIM to confirm at the moment though.
 
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RE: What Exterior Lights Are On An Aircraft?

Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:41 pm

Position & Navigation lights
Anticollosion lights
Landing Lights
Taxi Lights
Runway Turn off Lights
Emergency Evacuation lights
Wing Illumination Lights
Logo Lights

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zvocio79
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RE: What Exterior Lights Are On An Aircraft?

Mon Mar 05, 2007 4:10 pm

How about:
Cargo bay light
reading light
lav occupied light
flash light light
flight attender call light
stairs light
logo light
wing inspection light
flare light
taxi light
standy by position lights
fasten seat belt do not smoke lights
isle light
over head bins light
side wall lights


etc etc etc.....you name it...you got it, way too many
 
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RE: What Exterior Lights Are On An Aircraft?

Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:53 pm

Quoting Zvocio79 (Reply 4):
lav occupied light

Exterior Lavatory Occupied Light?

Can't imagine who, on the outside of the plane, would wanna know if the toilet is occupied or not when you are cruising at 33.000 ft?
Read between the lines.
 
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RE: What Exterior Lights Are On An Aircraft?

Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:49 pm

Quoting Zvocio79 (Reply 4):

The Poster was asking only about Exterior Lights  Smile
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RE: What Exterior Lights Are On An Aircraft?

Mon Mar 05, 2007 11:41 pm

Quoting TWISTEDWHISPER (Reply 5):
Can't imagine who, on the outside of the plane, would wanna know if the toilet is occupied or not when you are cruising at 33.000 ft?

I'm sure the turbulence gods would find that information very useful in determining when to strike.

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RE: What Exterior Lights Are On An Aircraft?

Tue Mar 06, 2007 7:15 pm

Quoting TWISTEDWHISPER (Reply 5):
Quoting Zvocio79 (Reply 4):
lav occupied light

Exterior Lavatory Occupied Light?

Can't imagine who, on the outside of the plane, would wanna know if the toilet is occupied or not when you are cruising at 33.000 ft?



Quoting Mir (Reply 7):
I'm sure the turbulence gods would find that information very useful in determining when to strike.

-Mir

The Light would be Outside the Toilet Inside the Aircraft for Pax reference. Smile
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