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Sean (SeanGa) Captain

So, basically there are 4 light switches in the cockpit.

Strobe, nav, land and bcn.

can anyone tell me when to use these different type of lights?

Also, I don't have the "pilot controls aircraft lights" option enabled - could anyone tell me what it does?

thanks in advance!

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Kareem El-Sadi (crosscheck9) Chief Captain

I think this link can help answer your questions, however, as far as your second question, I think it is in reference to FSPax, and I don't have that product as of now. My apologies Embarassed

http://www.abacuspub.com/freepress/DontBeAfraidOfTheDark.pdf

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Bartholomew First Officer

Also, I don't have the "pilot controls aircraft lights" option enabled - could anyone tell me what it does?

I don't understand that option either, so I would like somebody to answer that.

You switch on the beacon light before engine start (because it tells the ground crew you're ready), and leave it on along with the nav lights throughout the flight. Strobes are I think used during the nigh and low visibilities.

If you fly a jet or something similar, then switch on the landing lights before takeoff and leave them on until you're above 10000ft. Same thing on descends: switch them on as soon as you go below 10000ft and leave them on until you clear the runway.

Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.

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CRJCapt Chief Captain

There is a difference in what the FAA requires and Airline procedures.

The Nav lights are located on the wing tip and tail. Left is red, right is green and tail is white. The help other aircraft tell your orientation at night. They are required to be on sunset to sunrise.

LAND is the Landing light, used to land at night. Recommended below 10,000 feet for collision avoidance.

Strobe is a high intensity light usually one on each wing tip use for collision avoidance. Normally turned on just before takeoff.

Beacon is a small, red rotating or flashing beacon also used for collision avoidance. Normally turned on before engine start.

Airlines use NAV light any time electrical power in on the aircraft.

Pilot controlled lighting allows you to control the lights separately.
Smile

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Sean (SeanGa) Captain

wow.. tyvm guys!

So, the BCN lights are basically left on the whole flight?

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Solotwo Chief Captain

Usually the beacon is turned off once you are on the runway.

Switch off Beacon, switch on strobes.

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Kareem El-Sadi (crosscheck9) Chief Captain

SeanGa wrote:

wow.. tyvm guys!

So, the BCN lights are basically left on the whole flight?

YUP Yes

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kianok First Officer

Bartholomew your sig is freaking me out Shocked

Sphagnum1 Guest

Wait...

crosscheck9 wrote:

SeanGa wrote:

wow.. tyvm guys!

So, the BCN lights are basically left on the whole flight?

YUP Yes

Solotwo wrote:

Usually the beacon is turned off once you are on the runway.

Switch off Beacon, switch on strobes.

So which is it, whole flight or turned off on runway?

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CRJCapt Chief Captain

Normally you have both on during flight, they both aid other aircraft in seeing you. Smile

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Mohit (Mc_GaNgStA) First Officer

So let me just get this right:
1. from taxiing to runway, you have your taxi light, beacon, navigation lights ON.
2. from runway to airborne, you switch OFF taxi light, beacon light is OFF, nav lights are still ON, but strobe light is switched ON, and landing light is ON.
3. during flight upto 10'000 all the above are the same except after 10'000 landing lights have to be OFF.
4. when descent, below 10'000 landing lights ON, taxi light OFF, nav lights ON, beacon OFF, strobe ON.
5. and then when you land and exit runway, LL OFF, taxi lights ON, strobe lights OFF, beacon lights ON, nav lights ON. and when you park, only nav lights are ON, the rest are off.

Am i right??

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CRJCapt Chief Captain

Almost. If you're simulating airline procedure:

1. yes
2.beacon stays on
3. yes
4. beacon still on
5. yes

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Bartholomew First Officer

kianok wrote:

Bartholomew your sig is freaking me out Shocked

Sorry, Kianok, but it has to stay! Wink

By the way, I've read in a 747 manual that beacon stays on the entire flight.

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Doyley Captain

On my flying lessons we leave the strobe on for the entire flight... is this something that varies from a/c to a/c and where you are flying?

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pilotwannabe Chief Captain

Doyley wrote:

On my flying lessons we leave the strobe on for the entire flight... is this something that varies from a/c to a/c and where you are flying?

I'm not sure but I think smaller aircraft, i.e. a cessna, doesn't have NAV lights and so strobes need to saty on for traffic avoidance.

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Doyley Captain

I think your right, I can only remember seeing and checking the strobes and landing lights.

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CRJCapt Chief Captain

All aircraft that fly at night have to have NAV lights. Strobe lights are optional and many small aircraft don't have them, they have the red rotating beacon. Smile

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