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Is there any SOP for cockpit lighting at night? If an aircraft has a red floodlight, would it be used in all phases of flight? Or is it not advisable in taxi, or cruise, etc?RhettE8500, Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro, ASUS P5E3 Premium, BFG 8800GTX 756 (nVidia 169 WHQL), 4gb DDR3 1600 Patriot Cas7 7-7-7-20 (2T), PC Power 750, WD 150gb 10000rpm Raptor, Seagate 500gb, Silverstone TJ09 case, Vista Ultimate 64


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Our new warriors have blue overhead lighting with white pedastal lights for the standby gauges and green toggle button lighting. I've never seen a SOP on how to use lights except to be safe and not blind yourself with them.


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Ah I see. Well, I have trouble seeing out of the cockpit with the floodlight on, so I've been turning it off when I taxi. I need to be able to see where I'm going :)I've also heard of pilots being temporarily blinded by lightning flashes , if near thunderstorms. Isn't there some sort of lighting that's recommended if you get caught in CB conditions?RhettE8500, Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro, ASUS P5E3 Premium, BFG 8800GTX 756 (nVidia 169 WHQL), 4gb DDR3 1600 Patriot Cas7 7-7-7-20 (2T), PC Power 750, WD 150gb 10000rpm Raptor, Seagate 500gb, Silverstone TJ09 case, Vista Ultimate 64


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For lightning conditions you have one pilot on the instruments and one staring out of the cockpit looking for the runway while on approach. That way at least one pilot will have eyes at all times.


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>I've also heard of pilots being temporarily blinded by>lightning flashes , if near thunderstorms. Isn't there some>sort of lighting that's recommended if you get caught in CB>conditions?Some airplanes have T/S lighting, which is basically max power lighting in the cockpit. In general this will greatly reduce your chance of being blinded in cruise by lightning. In general if you're blinded by lightning on approach or taking off, you probably shouldn't be flying near that weather to begin with.In terms of general night lighting, it is usually whatever is the most comfortable for each individual. Generally I have noticed the older the pilot, the brighter they like their screens and lighting (poorer eyesight perhaps).

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As Chris said, just don't blind yourself with them. It takes about thirty minutes for rhodopsin to build in your eyes for night vision, but it flushes out in an instant when hit with white light. You basically adjust the lights until they're just bright enough to see the gauges clearly, but not so bright that they make the view out the windscreen dark and dim in contrast.----------------------------------------------------------------John MorganReal World: KGEG, UND Aerospace Spokane Satellite, Private ASEL 141.2 hrs, 314 landings, 46 inst. apprs.Virtual: MSFS 2004, MIDCON P-401"There is a feeling about an airport that no other piece of ground can have. No matter what the name of the country on whose land it lies, an airport is a place you can see and touch that leads to a reality that can only be thought and felt." - The Bridge Across Forever: A Love Story by Richard Bach


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"There is a feeling about an airport that no other piece of ground can have. No matter what the name of the country on whose land it lies, an airport is a place you can see and touch that leads to a reality that can only be thought and felt." - The Bridge Across Forever: A Love Story by Richard Bach

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Rhett:Unfortunately, just about all MSFS cockpit products are WAY to bright for night opertions (and the outside world is not dark enough).When I was a 2nd officer on the 727 I used the red lamp to read charts and maps otherwise a fully dark cockpit was the norm, I've never seen (or heard) anyone fly with the red lamp on the whole flight. As a F/O on the 737-300/500 we didn't need to look at too many maps or charts so its totally dark most of the time (except for the backlit gauges and knobs).If the aircraft it equipped with backlit gauges and knobs then the cockpit should be dark unless you need the extra light to see something in the cockpit, just like in your car. No one drives with the roof light on at night even if the roof light were red.HTH,Mike T.

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