Strobe light and landing lights confusion | On and off

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Hold on for a sec :)

Very few aircraft keep their strobes on once clear of the runway at any commercial airport I have been to - and I have been to a few. Those that accidentally do are usually reminded by the ground controller very quickly as it is very obvious. Are you sure you aren’t confusing the anti-collision lights with strobes?

I must admit I saw your table earlier and thought there were a few issues with it, but didn’t have chance to reply.


Just to add to that - some planes have white anti collision lights (less bright)

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Thanks, yes you are right. Position of anti-collision and strobes differs on the plane so that should help distinguish even if it isn’t obvious from colour or brightness.

@Lare here is a corrected version I made from your guide :)




I wonder why this subject still is one after all the explanations. But one the other hand, its much better people are asking instead of not doing so:-)

I saw one error with that, taxi lights should not be on during takeoff.;)

Here the FAA rules for lighting:

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 with an anti-collision light system are required to operate that light system during all types of operations (day and night). However, during any adverse meteorological conditions, the pilot-in-command may determine that the anti-collision lights should be turned off when their light output would constitute a hazard to safety (14 CFR Section 91.209). Supplementary strobe lights should be turned off on the ground when they adversely affect ground personnel or other pilots, and in flight when there are adverse reflection from clouds.

b. An aircraft anti-collision light system can use one or more rotating beacons and/or strobe lights, be colored either red or white, and have different (higher than minimum) intensities when compared to other aircraft. Many aircraft have both a rotating beacon and a strobe light system.

c. The FAA has a voluntary pilot safety program, Operation Lights On, to enhance the see-and-avoid concept. Pilots are encouraged to turn on their landing lights during takeoff; i.e., either after takeoff clearance has been received or when beginning takeoff roll. Pilots are further encouraged to turn on their landing lights when operating below 10,000 feet, day or night, especially when operating within 10 miles of any airport, or in conditions of reduced visibility and in areas where flocks of birds may be expected, i.e., coastal areas, lake areas, around refuse dumps, etc. Although turning on aircraft lights does enhance the see-and-avoid concept, pilots should not become complacent about keeping a sharp lookout for other aircraft. Not all aircraft are equipped with lights and some pilots may not have their lights turned on. Aircraft manufacturer’s recommendations for operation of landing lights and electrical systems should be observed.

d. Prop and jet blast forces generated by large aircraft have overturned or damaged several smaller aircraft taxiing behind them. To avoid similar results, and in the interest of preventing upsets and injuries to ground personnel from such forces, the FAA recommends that air carriers and commercial operators turn on their rotating beacons anytime their aircraft engines are in operation. General aviation pilots using rotating beacon equipped aircraft are also encouraged to participate in this program which is designed to alert others to the potential hazard. Since this is a voluntary program, exercise caution and do not rely solely on the rotating beacon as an indication that aircraft engines are in operation.

e. Prior to commencing taxi, it is recommended to turn on navigation, position, anti­collision, and logo lights (if equipped). To signal intent to other pilots, consider turning on the taxi light when the aircraft is moving or intending to move on the ground, and turning it off when stopped or yielding to other ground traffic. Strobe lights should not be illuminated during taxi if they will adversely affect the vision of other pilots or ground personnel.

f. At the discretion of the pilot­in­command, all exterior lights should be illuminated when taxiing on or across any runway. This increases the conspicuousness of the aircraft to controllers and other pilots approaching to land, taxiing, or crossing the runway. Pilots should comply with any equipment operating limitations and consider the effects of landing and strobe lights on other aircraft in their vicinity.

g. When entering the departure runway for takeoff or to “line up and wait,” all lights, except for landing lights, should be illuminated to make the aircraft conspicuous to ATC and other aircraft on approach. Landing lights should be turned on when takeoff clearance is received or when commencing takeoff roll at an airport without an operating control tower.


Are we supposedd to keep the strobes on during flight as well?

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Basically use strobes when enterung the runway, in flight, and unitl you get off the runway of your landing airportand only use landing when on the runway to 10k feet

A big misconception is that u can use landing lights for taxiing but thats waht the taxi lights are used for (which isnt in this sim yet)

I keep them on all through the flight especially when landing you can see a plane better when they are a flashing bright white box

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Yes :) Look above

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No your not.

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So for this sim we can use landing lights as taxi lights?

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i mean your choice
i don’t


Ok. Thabks I guess it depends on the time of day you are using


MaxSez: in the absence of an Anti-Collision Lighting System, the Strobes may be used as substitutes at Pilots Discretion. (See FAR "See & Avoid) I Fly with strobes popping since IF aircraft don’t got no stinkin antiC’s or taxi lights. (& no blue taxiway lights either)

I switch on landing lights as soon as I push back because we don’t have taxi lights in sim. I switch those off at 10000. Strobes I switch on after takeoff clearance to after the hold short line when I land. Beacon on at all times, nav on at all times. What bugs me is when aircraft in IF have strobes on at/near the gate. You are blinding half the ground crew as well as the other planes…