Questions tagged [aircraft-lighting]

Questions about an aircraft's lighting systems or external/internal lights.

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“All exterior lights” when crossing a runway? Landing light, too?

AIM 4-3-23 (f) says "all exterior lights should be illuminated when taxiing on or across any runway". AC 120-74B 7.h.2.c has similar words, except that it's limited to "crossing a ...
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Why would a plane have these lights on the bottom? [duplicate]

I'm trying to convince someone this is not a UFO but probably just not a commercial plane. What would be the reasons to have the colors of the plane lights like this? The person is claiming because it ...
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What aircraft has a sustained bright orange light visible at night/early morning?

This morning around 6 a.m. in Durham, N.C. I was sitting on my porch and saw a bright orange light, I thought it was Mars it was so orange, but it was very bright. After looking at it for a moment it ...
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What pattern of position lights did early Soviet jetliners use?

All aircraft that operate at night or in poor weather need position lights to make them visible to other aircraft for the purpose of avoiding mid-air collisions. On most aircraft, these follow a set ...
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Can fighter jets set their lights to flash six times?

So last night President Trump was in town at the Grand Rapids Airport in Michigan. I live about 5 miles away directly to the west of the airport. I noticed multiple high and fast flying jets (they ...
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Are instrument lights required for night VFR flight in an SLSA?

Our flying club is operating an SLSA that has all the exterior lights as required by FAR 91.205(c). But don't the instruments that are also required by 91.205(b) need lights as well?
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Who would be allowed to operate with no navigation lights over a populated area?

I know little about aircraft, FAA or FARS, but I've tried to research something I saw one evening without much success. I was hoping an expert could chime in. One evening, while watching for ...
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Is there a standard for the frequency/interval between flashes of anti collision strobe light?

As far as I've spotted on lots of aircraft, I've noticed that the anti collision flashes are in a similar interval, no matter if it's a Boeing 737, Airbus or an F-16 Fighting Falcon. Is there any ...
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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?
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What lights to use for a high-altitude weather balloon?

I am designing a high-altitude weather balloon for a college project. The balloon may fly at night, which means that, per FAA regulations, I need a light that is visible for 5 miles. Does anyone ...
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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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Do aircraft use their lights to 'say hello' to each other?

On the KLM website, I found this strange quote: If planes pass each other at night they sometimes use light signals to say hello. Is it true and common? How it is done (which lights/patterns)?
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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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Which Airbus models have exterior LED lights? (Taxi, Landing, Rotating Beacon)

I know that the Boeing 737 MAX has LED'S. Which Airbus models also have LED external lighting?
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Does the AIM really require anti-collision lights to be used during the day?

AIM 4-3-23. Use of Aircraft Lights a. Aircraft position lights are required to be lighted on aircraft operated on the surface and in flight from sunset to sunrise. In addition, aircraft equipped ...
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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 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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What type of aircraft uses this long flashing pattern? [duplicate]

5:00 am every morning I went to Rice-Field Road for a jog. I always see airplanes with flashing lights. All of them have the same flashing patterns except for the one that I just saw yesterday. The ...
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Why would both wingtip lights be red?

I live under Chicago's airspace. One evening I saw a plane approaching Chicago with both wingtip lights red and the front landing lights flashing. I've never seen that before, why would that happen?
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Why do aircraft (namely military) need/use formation lights?

Why are formation lights used,and why are they largely/always used only on military aircraft and not civilian?
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Why were the cabin lights turned on during the flight?

I was on a flight last night that the Captain came on and said in three minutes we all had to be in seats and buckled due to severe storms we had to fly through. After about five minutes and until we ...
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What lights does the Cessna 172 light rheostat control?

I am part of a team developing a Cessna 172 P model for FlightGear, an open source free flight simulator. We are now programming how the panel and radio lightning rheostat should work, but we found a ...
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Wingtip landing light lenses are hazed - what can I do to make them clear again?

I have wingtip landing/taxi lights on my plane. They have acrylic covers to protect the bulbs. They have started to haze over time, similar to the effect of car headlights. I am wondering if anyone ...
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What is the lighting technology behind the Dreamliner's dynamic interior lighting?

The flights that I've been on in the Dreamliner (and also Virgin America), have dynamic overhead cabin lighting that provides nice mood lighting, helps alleviate jet-lag, and is otherwise very ...
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Is it legal to fly an aircraft with no navigation beacons, and only solid lighting?

Is it permissible for an aircraft to fly without red, green, and white strobe position lights? Is it possible for any aircraft to legally fly with only a solid white or solid red light on the ...
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What aircraft might have white wing tip lights?

I live near O'Hare airport and see hundreds of planes every day. This evening a plane flew past that did not have the standard red - green wing tip lights. It was white only on both sides. It ...
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How is the lighting panel of an Airbus A340 designed and how does it work?

I'm trying to simulate the light switch panel of an Airbus A340 with real electronics components for a model in scale (I'm doing the electronics lights with leds). Taking a look at this PDF (page 129)...
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What exactly distinguishes a beacon light from a strobe light?

Different sources seem to have different opinions: Wikipedia: Aircraft warning lights: These lights include landing lights, red or white flashing beacons, wingtip strobes, and wingtip navigation ...
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What are the legal effects of an inoperative anti-collision light?

In an airplane which is only equipped with a beacon for anticollision lights (1967 Piper Cherokee, for this example), what is the effect of an inoperative beacon? Obviously, per part 91.205, ...
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Is there a reason Germania aircraft cabins have blue lights?

On my 2014-01-18 CET flight ST2114 from FKB to LPA on a Germania airplane, cabin lights were switched from white to blue for takeoff. I recorded this in a panoramic photo. Granted, on sunset, the sun ...
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Do lights on wingtips change color at different times of the day?

I have gone through this post which explained me why there are red lights turned on the plane but I doubt with the color code whether it's only during the environment specific conditions or its ...
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Do lights on aircraft flash in a specific pattern?

On a clear night, everyone can spot planes quite easily: they have flashing lights. I have noticed that the pattern seems different for different planes, and tried to find a meaning. What I saw so ...
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When to use beacon, anti-collision, strobe, logo, and navigation lights?

During taxi, the taxi lights are used, and I think the landing lights are required to be used up to 10.000 feet for all commercial flights. However, my question is regarding the abovementioned lights:...