Longhornmaniac wrote:We're not required to have them on in cases where it could hinder visibility. It's also just a courtesy to your fellow pilots not to turn in bright flashing white lights that can ruin night vision. They don't serve much purpose on the ground, we have other lights for that.
sccutler wrote:Longhornmaniac wrote:We're not required to have them on in cases where it could hinder visibility. It's also just a courtesy to your fellow pilots not to turn in bright flashing white lights that can ruin night vision. They don't serve much purpose on the ground, we have other lights for that.
...a courtesy unknown in Cirrus circles.
richiemo wrote:I'm stunned at this. All my years following this industry....I thought strobes were critical not only for being seen in-flight for for indicating you were on take-off roll or landing roll-out, vs. just taxiing. I'd swear on most flights I take at night that I always see the strobes on takeoff and landing (till plane exits runway. I was on a legacy American (AW) A319 (IAE engines) if that matters. Again, as someone said here, maybe an airline-specific rule.
747Whale wrote:Generally the lights are turned on when entering the runway environment, or crossing a runway.
I turn on every light on the aircraft when crossing a runway. When taking off, the convention is to light everything up except the landing lights; those are illuminated when the takeoff clearance is received. If we are instructed to cross a runway while an aircraft is holding in position waiting to takeoff, the aircraft holding in position will leave his landing lights off until cleared for takeoff. When those lights come on, it signifies to everyone downrange that he's about to roll.
Strobes are normally illuminated on the runway. I want to be seen; I want aircraft approaching to land to see me and I want aircraft that might be crossing the runway to see me.
The Airbus has the option of lights which illuminate based on ground logic; the lights come on when the aircraft is airborne, or they can be illuminated manually.
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