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Old 09-03-2020, 10:58 AM
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Default Light legality

The airnav adsb tail beacon does not have a strobe on it, just a solid light. The stock vaf light has both solid and strobe. If the wing tip nav and strobes are not visible from the rear, does the tailbeacon make aircraft illegal?
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Old 09-03-2020, 11:09 AM
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Yes! The anti-collision (strobe) lights must be visible for 360° for night-time operations. Nothing is required for Daytime.
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Old 09-03-2020, 11:14 AM
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Then you mean yes, the plane is illegal. What about planes with no strobe system? Could I disconnect wing tip strobes and be legal?
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Old 09-03-2020, 11:18 AM
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You are correct. I mis-read the OP. Corrected my post.
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Old 09-03-2020, 11:25 AM
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What would be the easiest fix for this? Maybe a reflector off the wing tip strobe?
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Old 09-03-2020, 12:15 PM
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Add a red rotating beacon on the belly?
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Old 09-03-2020, 12:18 PM
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Your Op Limits most likely say you must follow FAR 91.205 for night or IFR operations. 91.205 says you must have ‘approved’ position and anti-collision lights for night operations (not for day-ifr though). Elsewhere the fars direct you to run anticollision lights all the time, if you have them (except for safety). Most seem to define ‘approved’ as meeting the performance specs found in the fars. That’s where you will find the angular coverage as well as minimum brightness in various directions. In principle the owner/operator should check this, although most rely on a statement from the manufacturer that the lights are TSO’d or meet the TSO performance specs. I doubt that a mirror will provide the needed coverage and/or brightness.
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Old 09-03-2020, 04:01 PM
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We have seen at least 3 airplanes this year come through our shop with the uavionix sky beacon installed in the tail position. I had to remind each owner that they were no longer night legal, at a minimum. All of the aircraft had the recessed wing tip strobe/nav lights. If you have an older RV with the external nav/strobes, then you can use the sky beacon. The gotcha is that those with the external lights do not usually have the fiberglassed rudder tip witht eh nav/strobe position holder on it it.

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Old 09-03-2020, 06:37 PM
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Just use the Echo and be done with it. Then you dont have to touch the lights.
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Old 09-03-2020, 07:41 PM
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I guess if I get caught out at night, I’ll just have to flip my adsb switch on..off..on..off..on..off
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