I live in a small town (Lone Pine, CA) with a tiny airport that sees a couple planes a week at best... busy-ish days when a major fire is happening. Over the past month the airport beacon light has been running all night long, never stops and I have seen one plane land. This never happened in the past. This just started. The lights shines in my window all night and I am trying to understand the reasoning behind it.
I get airports need to have it on when planes are approaching but the question is why all night with no air traffic? Some say its broken and its supposed to be triggered by oncoming aircraft while other says its FAA regulation to have it on dawn till dusk.