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Hi all.  Regarding the Outer, Middle and Inner runway lights on the instrument console, when do they actually work?  I have the MKR button engaged on the radio stack but the lights never seem to light.  Do I need to do something additional?  Thanks, Dave

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Hi Dave, they'll only light up when you pass over a marker on final approach to an airport equipped with marker beacons. If you zoom in to KSEA airport on the FS2004 flightplan map you'll see them at around 1 mile, 5 miles and 10 miles from the runway.

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I know that, but my lights never seem to come on, even during an ILS approach and the MKR button engaged.

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Here's how it's done:

 

Take off from KSEA Rwy 34R, fly runway heading, note the two markers IM and MM here:

 

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The IM marker light is hardly visible in daytime, it DID light up, but for clarity I continued over the MM marker:

 

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Note that I didn't have the audio MKR switched on - maybe this plays a sound instead of switching the light on?

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As mentioned above, are you sure the runway you are approaching actually had marker beacons? They are increasingly being phased out, particularly as these days there is almost always a DME co-located with the ILS to provide range information.

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