posted on May, 26 2009 @ 04:12 PM
reply to post by djvexd
Well, as I've said...depends on the airplane, where the landing lights are mounted.
Taxi light generally on the nose gear strut, in larger airplanes (not on a Cessna, though, for instance). You saw a Bizjet with the landing lights
mounted on the main gear. Reasonable place for Landing Lights, since the gear is generally down for take-offs and landings (!)
The alternate flashing mode is likely disabled on the ground -- very distracting otherwise. ALSO, at night, they would be equally distracting during
landings...so there is likely a switchable position, steady vs/flashing.
On commercial jets we turn on all outside lights (except the taxi light, of course) below 18,000 feet as common practice for improved visibility.
Since Boeings and Airbuses don't have a variety of different lighting schemes. The former McDonnel/Douglas MD80/DC9 series have motorized landing
lights that retract and extend out in the wingtips. The B737 series have landing lights that are motorized to extend, they are mounted on the flap
jackscrew fairing "canoes", just outboard the engines.
There are also various Runway turn-off lights (similar to the cornering lights on your cars) and the wing lights, to look for ice at night.....