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What regulations govern UAV lights in Australia?

I'm a member of a student aviation club at my university, and we're working on a UAV. The club member working on our drone's power supply system has designed a system that uses externally-visible LED ...
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Why do some aircraft have multiple switches for the landing lights?

A question just popped into my mind: Why does an A320 overhead panel have 2 landing lights switches? What's the logic behind that? Why isn’t there only a single switch to turn on both landing lights?
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What if one of the navigation lights failed to function on a certified aircraft?

What is the implication if one of the navigation lights failed to function, would it affect the airworthiness certificate of the aircraft?
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Do airplanes or helicopters ever fly at night using only white navigation lights?

I've been trying to figure out if airplanes or helicopters ever fly at night with only white Nav Lights. See this UAV video taken on July 12, 2015, 05:38 AM Pacific time in San Francisco, CA, USA.
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Placement of positioning lights on A320 winglets

I was flying with an A320-214 that had big winglets (I think they were called Sharklets). I noticed that the positioning lights were facing forward on the leading edge of the winglet (the "notch" in ...
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Do you need a rotating beacon if you have strobes?

If I were to replace my left nav light with a SkyBeacon ADS-B + strobe, could I remove the rotating beacon at the top of the tail?
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Are helicopter searchlights fixed or movable?

Can the helicopter crew move the helicopter searchlights or are they always fixed at a specific location on the helicopter? They are used by rescue helicopters mostly but I am not sure if crew can ...
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Are aircraft being fitted with brighter anti-collision lights?

I live and work near to DFW airport. Yesterday, I noticed an inbound jet with obviously brighter strobes (anti-collision lights) than any other jet I've seen before. (I believe this was an American ...
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What aircraft has a single constant orange light? [closed]

I live under a fly path in Oldham near Manchester and I see planes passing by every day/night as they approach the airport. However today around 21.20 I have seen something different too. A plane ...
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What's the red light in the left wing of a N.A. T-6 for?

There's a yearly flight show near my location, and there's always this North American T-6 (D-FUKK): Today, I noticed that there's a single white light in the leading edge of the right wing, but a ...
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What aircraft has this pattern of white strobe lights?

Just two nights ago, my brother and I noticed a weird flashing light in the night sky out in the countryside. We regularly observe by naked eye aircraft flying by, as well as satellites, and this ...
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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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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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MD81: Why are there so many lights on the fuselage?

Looking at this photo I can see lots of lights on the fuselage of this MD81. It can't be a reflection, can it? Source: Airliners.net Why are there so many lights?
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Airplane Strobe Light Pattern? [duplicate]

I saw this question on Google Plus and it seems to be a good question to put here. Is there a flash pattern for the strobe lights? I think I've read that Airbus has ~2 flashes/sec and Boeing has ~...
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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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Do anti-collision lights in aircraft lose intensity over time?

Do anti-collision lights installed in aircraft lose their intensity over time and need to be replaced every few hundred hours of operation?