Home:Personal:Aviation:Aircraft Lighting

⚠ The information on this Web site is intended as a study guide, and clearly not as a substitute for official sources.

Aircraft Lighting Systems

I have been mightily confused by the different names of the aircraft lighting systems; and the conditions under which they should be used. Here's my attempt making sense of it; the captions pointing to the lights (NAV, BCN, etc.) indicate how the corresponding switches are labled in the Skyhawk:

Cessna 172 Skyhawk Lighting Systems

Note

The following is my interpretation of a rough approximation of how these systems should be used:

Aircraft Lighting Systems: Conditions for Use
SystemConditions
beaconwhenever engine is in operation
navigation lightsat night
strobeat takeoff [1, 2]
landing lightsat landing [2]
taxi lightswhile in motion on the surface, and at landing
[1] AOPA Runway Safety course has the strobes ON: - at night, during taxi, UNLESS there are other aircraft nearby [2] AOPA Runway Safety course has ALL lights ON: - at night, while on a runway (crossing, lined up, or taking off) There seems to be no regulation preventing any lighting from being used; but [*] states that * and * may be turned off if *.

Authorities

All pages under this domain © Copyright 1999-2021 by: Ben Hekster