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What is the diffference between landing lights, taxi lights and external lights? [duplicate]

A comment on this website along with an answer for the same question added confusion to my mind. Before reading this, I thought taxi lights and landing lights were the same, which seems to be true is ...
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What is the purpose of logo lights on airliners? [duplicate]

Why do modern airliners use lights to illuminate the sides of their tails and illuminate the airline's logo? Is this just done to give ground and tower controllers an easy way to differentiate ...
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When is the logo light on the tail turned on? [duplicate]

I noticed sometimes aircraft taxi with the logo light illuminating their tail, while others have it off. So is turning on the tail light at the discretion of the pilot?
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May a helicopter fly at night with only strobe lights? [duplicate]

I thought that all aircraft flying at night needed red/green/white position lights and red/white anti collision flashing beacons. I observed a helicopter flying over houses with only its strobe ...
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Is it unusual for an aircraft to flash its landing lights in sequence?

Walking this evening I looked up and saw a plane which I assumed was on approach to Liverpool John Lennon. When I looked carefully I could see that as well as the anti-collision strobes it was ...
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If I am pushing my aircraft into the hangar with a tow bar, at night, with the engine off, am I required to activate my rotating beacon?

I know there is a similar question here: When to use Beacon, Anti Collision, Strobe, Logo and Navigation lights?, but it doesn't answer my specific question. Do I need to have my rotating beacon on ...
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Is it a mistake or standard procedure to lit the landing lights only on very short final?

Yesterday I was spotting at Barcelona International (LEBL). I noticed that at least two airliners were approaching with their landing lights OFF, just to light them on very short final (about 0.4NM ...
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What are the FAA regulations on lighting for ultralight vehicles?

I'm in the process of scoping out a project involving an ultralight vehicle and some Neo pixel LEDs. In the US, there are many regulations for lights on cars. Things like the location on the vehicle, ...
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What is the wattage for strobes and anti-collision lights flashing lights on an aircraft?

Flashing anti-collision lights, also know as strobes on an aircraft can be seen on the aircraft When flying at 36,000 ft during the day with clear skies. What is their wattage (e.g 1000 watts) since ...
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Can a Skylane fly without electricity?

Some Hobbs Meters uses master electricity switch to keep the track of time. So what If an cheapskate Skylane pilot wants to fly without electricity to lessen rent? Which main six instruments would ...
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Is there a rule-of-thumb for estimating distance to an aeroplane?

It's generally hard for humans to estimate how far away an aircraft really is. Question: Is there a standard rule for estimating the distance to an aircraft? For example: The entry/exit hatches are 2....
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What tests are done on aircraft wings for testing the effects of lightning? [duplicate]

During the testing phase of aircraft wings, there are lot of testing like temperature, pressure, humidity, vibration and load/stress. Apart from these, does any one have idea which other tests are ...
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Is there a difference in use of external lights for taxi in/out or takeoff/landing?

Will there be a different light pattern (like turning on/off different exterior lights) between taxi in and taxi out, and between takeoff and landing?