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Correct Lights Procedures

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Hi,I'm very confused on the correct using of lights during all the flight phases with heavy aircrafts. So, which are the lights that must be on in:parking at the gate-pushback and start-taxiing to the runway-takeoff-climbing-crusing-descending-landing-taxiing to the gate-Tanks for your help,RegardsAbrupto

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Hi,I hope this will help you out:Parked at the gate: NAV lights ON (during entire flight)Pushback and starting engines: BEACON lights ONReady to taxi: TAXI lights ONEntering the rwy: STROBE lights ON and LANDING lights ON, TAXI lights OFFClimbing: @FL100 LANDING Lights OFFCruising: --Descending: @FL100 LANDING lights ONLeaving the rwy; LANDING lights OFF, STROBE lights OFF, TAXI lights OFFParked at the gate; TAXI lights OFF, BEACON lights OFF (after shutting down the engines)

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Abrupto,In addition to the other poster the following is also correct.Parked at the gate: NAV lights ON/OFF (depends if dark)Pushback and starting engines: BEACON lights ONReady to taxi: TAXI lights and runway turnoffs ON/OFF (depends if dark)Entering the rwy: STROBE lights ON and All forward lights (Landing, Taxi, turn off) ONAfter Take off : Landing lights OFFClimbing: @FL100 LOGO lights off (if required, some are automatic)Cruising: As requiredDescending: @FL100 LOGO lights on (see above)Leaving the rwy; LANDING lights OFF, STROBE lights OFF, TAXI and turnoff lights ON/OFF if darkTurning on to stand: TAXI and turnoff lights OFFShutdown: BEACON OFFIn all honesty I wouldn't worry too much about it. Despite any rules regulation and SOPs just use your common sense. If it's dark NAV lights are a good idea. When facing other aircraft or ground staff turn the forward facing lights off (it blinds them). If you can't see where you're going, turn the taxi light on. The Beacon is to warn people the aircraft is "live" so on before start and after shutdown (when it's safe to approach the engines). Strobes say the aircraft is (about to be) airborne so ON on a runway or in the air, otherwise off. In the US I believe lots of people don't turn the landing lights ON until they've clearance to take off which is a nice idea.Don't sweat it and don't forget it's fun flying these aircraft not a mind numbing chore, enjoy it. There's no death penalty for getting it wrong, the beacon is really the only important one, the rest just make the aircraft look pretty.Hope this helps,Ian

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