posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 05:44 PM
That's a great list GEL, my only issue is with the aircraft lights link. It's WAY, WAY, over simplified. Aircraft lights vary from aircraft to
aircraft, and even airline to airline. Then to add to the confusion, they only use certain lights at certain times as mandated by both the FAA and
their individual companies.
For example, if you watched a normal 727 on approach it has 4 white landing lights plus a red and green nav light visible, but if you saw the same
model 727 from American Airlines it would only have 3 white landing lights plus the nav lights. At the same token a DC- 9 has three white landing
lights and no visible nav lights while and old 737 had 5 white landing lights with the newer 737's only having 3. Lights such as landing lights are
only required under 10K feet, while company mandated lighting, such as logo lights, might only be used while on the ground. Private aircraft have no
set designation for what lights they have beyond the limits set by the FAA, and the military has entirely different rules as they often fly under
combat conditions where little lighting is used at all.
Basically, you could write and entire book on aircraft light configurations, and it would still not cover all the possibilities when you take into
account the infinite configurations of private aircraft. Private aircraft are like your private car, you have to have tail lights and head lights, but
the owner is allowed to add as many additional lights as they please or can afford.