Are aircraft traveling at night required to have flashing lights?

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Offline ronaldomoon

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I've always thought that all airplanes and helicopters that fly at night were required to have blinking lights and not just a single steady light. And most people I talk to about this agree. However, I've never seen a law or regulation stating this. Can someone clear this up for me?  ???

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Re: Are aircraft traveling at night required to have flashing lights?
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2011, 10:13:20 am »
Actually the flashing lights are on all the time. In the day you just can't really see them. And lights that is steady on, most likely are landing gear lights.
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Re: Are aircraft traveling at night required to have flashing lights?
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2011, 04:18:20 pm »
Actually the flashing lights are on all the time. In the day you just can't really see them. And lights that is steady on, most likely are landing gear lights.

But are they required by law to have those? If I see an aircraft with no blinking lights, is it "illegal"?

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Re: Are aircraft traveling at night required to have flashing lights?
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2011, 08:51:05 pm »
Yes I do believe the aircraft are required to have these lights by law.  It's like ships at sea. The red and blue lights on the wingtips designate port and starboard. That way you can tell if it is coming at you, or going away from you. So you can avoid it. It's kind of useless with radar, but if radar fails you have to depend on visuals, and the lights are the best way.

It is regulation, and it is law.

I do suspect some military aircraft do not have or use it...  for some obvious reasons.

But ... to your question about flashing lights ..  I am not 100% sure, but I think it is law.
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Re: Are aircraft traveling at night required to have flashing lights?
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2011, 09:20:10 pm »

StartPage is your friend  ;)

http://www.ehow.com/about_6665007_faa-requirements-wing_tip-strobes.html

There are links to FAA rules/regulations at the bottom.

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Re: Are aircraft traveling at night required to have flashing lights?
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2011, 12:58:29 am »
Thank you, both of you!

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Re: Are aircraft traveling at night required to have flashing lights?
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2011, 02:16:49 am »
But are they required by law to have those? If I see an aircraft with no blinking lights, is it "illegal"?

Yes they are --