Friday, 21 June 2013



From L to R along the panel:
O/B Landing: (Not NG) Three position switch Off - Extend (off) - On. These are located on the outboard flap faring
Retractable Landing: (NG only) Replaces the outboard landing lights on the earlier series. These are located on the fuselage just beneath the ram air intakes. The word is that they may be being moved back to their original position on the flap track faring due to excessive stone damage.
Note Use of both of these lights should be avoided at speeds above 250kts due to excessive air loads on their hinges.
Retractable landing light - NG
I/B Landing: Known as fixed landing lights on the NG. Are located in the wing roots, usually used for all day and night landings for conspicuity.
R/W Turnoff: Also in the wing roots, normally only used at night on poorly lit runways.
Taxi: This 250W light is located on the nose gear, on later models it will switch off automatically with gear retraction. It is common practice to have this on whilst the aircraft is in motion as a warning to other aircraft and vehicles.
Logo: Are on each wingtip or horizontal stabiliser and illuminate the fin. Apart from the advertising value on the ground, they are often used for conspicuity in busy airspace.
Position: Depending upon customer option this can be a three position switch (as illustrated) to combine the strobe. Strobe & Steady / Off / Steady, where steady denotes the red, green & white navigation lights. The three Nav lights are no-go items at night.
Strobe: (Not illustrated) Off / Auto / On. Auto is activated by a squat switch. They are also in the wing tips and are very brilliant. This gives rise to great debate amongst pilots about when exactly they should be switched on as they can dazzle other pilots nearby. many people choose to put them on as they enter an active runway for conspicuity against landing traffic.
Anti-Collision: Are the orange rotating beacons above and below the fuselage. They are universally used as a signal that the engines are running or are about to be started. They are typically not switched off until N1 has reduced to below 3.5% (or N2 below 20%) when it is considered safe for ground personnel to approach the aircraft.
Wing: These are mounted in the fuselage and shine down the leading edge of the wing for ice or damage inspection at night.
Wheel Well: Illuminates the main and nose wheel wells. Normally only used during the turnaround at night for the pre-flight inspection but must also be on to see through the gear downlock viewers at night, hence they are a no-go item at night in all but the NG's. There is also a switch for the main wheel well light in the port wheel well.

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