We can see 4 types of lights:
- Position lights
- Anti collision lights
- Search light
- Landing light
These lights consist in three colors:
- Green: this light is located on the right hand side of the aircraft.
- Red: this light is located on the left hand side of the aircraft.
- White: this light is located on the tail of the aircraft.
These lights show us the relative position of an aircraft:
Landing lights can be used as taxi lights at the moment of performing an aerial or rolled taxi.
These lights are used to illuminate the runway and also to make us visible to other traffic or to the tower.
Search lights are located at the front of the aircraft above the auxiliary gear or above the main gear, above left or right gear.
This light can be moved with a switch located on the cyclic.
CARGO HOOK LIGHT
Helicopters have one light at the bottom which is used to illuminate the cargo hook during night operations
Some helicopters are equipped with night vision goggles for NVG flights
External lights are also provided for that:
- Position lights are dimmable because these lights can cause poor visibility with NVG or, if we are in formation flight it can cause pilots of the other helicopter not to see very well because of the intensity of the lights
- Anticollision lights are also dimmable for the same reason
- Search lights have two options:
- White light for normal night operations
- IR light to be used during NVG flights; this light is not visible without NVG
Lights on an aircraft are very important because its principal mission is to avoid a possible collision with other aircraft.
- ICAO documentation Annex 2 - Rules of the Air - 10th Edition July 2005
- ICAO documentation Annex 6 - Operation of Aircraft - Part I - International Commercial Air Transport - Aeroplanes - 10th Edition July 2016 - Appendix 1
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