Every component on an aircraft holds vital importance whether it is a small landing light or a vertical stabilizer. Lights are often shadowed by the sheer brilliance of other parts of an aircraft but do not be mistaken. Without lights, an aircraft would barely be recognizable. Recognizable in the sense that it would be difficult to judge whether an aircraft is crossing the runway, waiting for takeoff, taxiing or the aircraft is moving away or coming towards you. The main purpose of exterior lighting is to provide visibility for pilots and guide them through the sky. However, there exist different types of exterior lights that can be found on aircraft. Let’s take a look at each different type of light and its importance.
A red flashlight, known as the “beacon,” is one of the most essential lighting fixtures on the floor. The beacon is activated as soon as the aircraft is put into motion, whether by being towed or by starting the engines. A red floodlight shines both above and below the fuselage, signaling to everyone in the area that something is about to happen! A certain amount of separation is essential.
Strobe lights are flashing white lights on an airplane’s far left, right, and, on bigger and some smaller aircraft, back points. They are the aircraft’s brightest lights, and they are used to indicate when an aircraft is arriving or approaching an active runway, as well as for visibility in a dark, clear sky. They are sometimes switched off in clouds or fog because water particles can further obstruct the pilot’s view outside the aircraft.
Navigation lights are the red and green lights located on the wingtips of airplanes. They’re made to make the plane more visible to other pilots and air traffic controllers on the ground, reducing the likelihood of a collision. There are no signals emitted by navigation lights. Instead, they just illuminate the plane during the night so that other pilots and air traffic controllers can see it better. The majority of commercial airplanes have a green light on one wing and a red light on the other. The red light is positioned on the left-wing of the airplane, while the green light is positioned on the right-wing. To improve the plane’s visibility, both lights will flash at the same time.
Take-off and Landing Light
“Takeoff and landing lights” are utilized near the runway and below 10,000 feet to help with visibility at night. As soon as take-off permission is provided, the pilot activates them. During take-off and landing, the runway is illuminated by a wide beam angle and a higher power of over 600 watts. These lights are turned off when taxiing or when an oncoming aircraft is on the ground, as they can easily dazzle other participants. Similar to a car’s high beam. Because the landing lights are not built into the front edge of the wings or landing gear, some aircraft can even fold them out and back in (e.g. Airbus A320).
These lights are located on the tail of the aircraft. These are illuminated at night for the tail to stand out and be visible. Even if you assume the tail unit lighting with the “logo light” is just a brilliant marketing strategy, it serves another purpose. Because other planes are easiest spotted from the side in the dark, the large area is particularly apparent at night. When an aircraft is waiting for approval to roll up on a runway that is 90 degrees offset at the landing, the “logo light” can be useful. This offers the landing aircraft a good idea of whether its colleagues have understood everything correctly and if the plane isn’t accidentally rolling into the runway. But let’s not kid ourselves: everyone here advertises a little!
The airplane has a “taxi light” in front of it. It not only illuminates the taxiways, but it also alerts all other passengers that the aircraft on the ground is moving and ready to taxi. When the airplane goes into a curve, the light is attached to the steerable nose wheel, which swivels along with it. This light is only used while taxiing as the name suggests and is switched off when the airplane lines up for takeoff or holds short at the runway.
All exterior lights are there to serve a purpose, that is to protect the aircraft as much as they can.
- Airliners.net – Juan Carlos Guerra (Cover photo)
Are you dreaming of becoming a pilot? Aer Lingus & British Airways Cadet Program Paves the Way to a Flying Career
Embarking on an aviation career has always been a dream for countless individuals who are passionate about flying. The Aer Lingus Cadet and British Airways Cadet Program are remarkable opportunity that transforms these dreams into reality, offering aspiring pilots a structured and comprehensive pathway to becoming esteemed aviation professionals.
This article dives into the details of the Aer Lingus and BA Cadet Programs, highlighting its distinctive features, benefits, and the exciting journey it offers those who aspire to navigate the vast expanse of the sky.
Aer Lingus Cadet Program
The first and most important thing: Hurry up! The deadline approaches: you can send your application till the 16/08/2023 by 17:00 GMT.
The cadet program offers intense and structured training (around 14 months) that covers all aspects of piloting. From theoretical classroom instruction to hands-on flight experience, cadets undergo a thorough training regimen that prepares them for the challenges of the aviation industry. The training is held at the famous FTE Jerez, in southern Spain. Successful candidates will be offered a Type Rating (which lasts about 12 weeks) on the most used plane in Europe: Airbus A320, and the base will be obviously Dublin.
The minimum and educational criteria are listed in the offer. There is also a comprehensive Q&A that answers the most asked question and a friendly welcome video about the airline’s new livery. According to the cadet website, the ideal cadet “will need to possess excellent communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills, as well as an appreciation of the service our customers expect.” The course is totally bonded from the airline, which means there will be a bond to cover the cost of the training and other associated costs, and for a period after the cadet commences as a First Officer.
BA Cadet Program: The Speedbird Pilot Academy
Unlikely the Aer Lingus one, for this cadet program, you do not need to be in a rush since the applications are currently still closed and will open in September 2023. It’s anyway worth having a look at the conditions and requirements; as September approaches, British is setting the maximum number of cadets: 60. If you wanna be part of the lucky (and skilled) “60”, have a look at the minimum requirements and don’t miss the deadline application. The strictest requirement of British Airways is the language: the airline is asking the candidate to obtain an ICAO 6 in the English language.
The ICAO Aviation Language certificate can be obtained directly with the CAA or through a recognized and authorized language school. The ICAO 6 certificate is particularly useful since it has no expiration date (unlikely ICAO4 and 5, which last respectively 4 and 5 years).
The training with BA will last about 18 months, and exactly as for the Aer Lingus Cadet Program, it’s fully funded by the airline. For more questions, on the 22nd of August, BA will be running a live Q&A session between 12 and 13 (UK Time). More info and the link to join the call are here: Come and Meet us (ba.com)
Are you dreaming of becoming a pilot, but you never had a chance due to economic problems or lack of motivation? Well, this is your chance! Apply and give your best to realize your dream!
Flag Carriers as a Symbol of Honor: Between Past and Present
Most of the world’s countries have their flag carriers for financial and national duties. A flag carrier is considered an international representative of a country as it stands as a symbol of pride. Therefore, some passengers are keen to ride the flag carrier of their countries as it reflects their identity. However, what is the history of flag carriers?
History of Flag Carriers:
The term “flag carrier” emerged when countries established state-owned airline companies. However, because of the high cost of running such companies, the governments took the initiative to support these companies financially. At this time, there were many airline companies entirely owned by governments. However, a flag carrier can be subsidized or owned by the country, and it has preferential rights or privileges by the government for international operations. In the innovation industry, flag carriers have both financial and symbolic importance. Thus, most countries of the world have their flag carriers.
Countries have Flag Carriers:
Most countries have their flag carriers representing their identity and nationalism worldwide. Examples of these flag carriers are:
- Air France
- Oman Air
- Qatar Airways
However, nowadays, it is not conditionally an airline owned or subsidized by a country. The literal meaning of a flag carrier is an airline carrying its country’s flag worldwide. Now, it can be an airline the country supports to be its flag carrier. For example, the British Kingdom does not own British Airways, but it carries the British flag all over the world. The people recognize it as the British flag carrier. However, some countries do not have a flag carrier but have two, like the United Arab Emirates, but why?
The UAE Has Two Flag Carriers:
If a flag carrier is a symbol of identity and pride, does having two change the equation? The answer to this question is that it does not change the equation this much, but it is more like meeting the country’s needs. Having a two-flag carrier is normal for a country, such as the UAE, in this geopolitical situation. The two Flag carriers are Emirates, the first flag carrier based in Dubai, and Etihad Airways, the second flag carrier based in Abu Dhabi. The royal family established both airlines. Though the UAE has two flag carriers, some of the countries do not have any, such as the US, but why?
The US has no Flag Carrier:
It is true that now the United States of America has no flag carrier, but this has not been the case in the past. In the past, the US had Pan Am, the unofficial US flag carrier in the 20th century. However, running an airline costs a lot. Pan Am could not stand the market and went bankrupt in 1991. Since then, the US has not had a flag carrier, though it has major international airlines, such as American Airlines. Regardless of the current situation of the flag carriers, what are the expectations for their future?
The Future of Flag Carriers:
As we live in the era of technology, predicting the future of something is not a wise move. However, the competition in the aviation market is so fierce, and running an airline company is not a joke. Seeking honor and pride in running an airline is great. However, the competition in the market knows nothing about honor and pride. Maybe, some of the flag carriers will prosper, and some of them will vanish. This thing only time can tell.
Flying Cars: The Future of Transportation?
Flying cars have been a dream of science fiction writers for decades, but they are now becoming a reality. Many companies are working on developing these cars, and some of them are already making significant progress.
What are flying cars?
Flying cars are vehicles that can take off and land vertically, like a helicopter. They are also capable of flying horizontally, like an airplane. This makes them a versatile form of transportation that can be used for both personal and commercial purposes.
There are two main types of these cars: eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles) and tilt rotors. eVTOLs use electric motors to power their rotors, while tilt rotors use a combination of electric motors and propellers.
The different types of flying cars
There are many different types of flying cars being developed, each with its own unique features and capabilities. Here are a few examples:
PAL-V Liberty: The PAL-V Liberty is a tilt-rotor that is currently in development. It has a top speed of 160 mph and a range of 100 miles.
AeroMobil 3.0: AeroMobil 3.0 is another tilt rotor that is currently in development. It has a top speed of 200 mph and a range of 435 miles.
eVTOL Volocopter: The eVTOL Volocopter is an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) that is currently in development. It has a top speed of 62 mph and a range of 22 miles.
SkyDrive SD-03: The SkyDrive SD-03 is an eVTOL that is currently in development. It has a top speed of 50 mph and a range of 62 miles.
The challenges of the developing
There are a number of challenges that need to be overcome before these cars become mainstream. One challenge is safety. Flying cars need to be extremely safe in order to be approved for public use. Another challenge is regulation. Governments must develop new regulations for flying cars before they can be flown in our airspace.
The Potential Impact
If successful, flying cars could revolutionize commuting, travel, and logistics by making those activities faster, easier, and more flexible. Their future impact depends on overcoming hurdles related to safety, cost, and regulations. With progress in those areas, flying cars could become commonplace in the next few decades, fundamentally changing transportation.
The Future of Flying Cars
The transition to flying vehicles holds great potential for improving mobility. While still a developing technology, continued progress by companies working on these cars indicates they may ultimately transform how we move about and deliver goods.
“Flying cars are the future of transportation. They’re faster, more convenient, and more environmentally friendly than cars or airplanes.” – Elon Musk
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