Re: Tower Lighting and strobes
- Except for the fact that towers are never painted red and white.
The FAA approved color is aviation orange - also known as international orange - as describe in paragraph 31 of the FAA circular.
Aviation orange appears reddish-orange at close range, but more red at a distance due to atmospheric scattering of the shorter-wavelength components of the color.
If your digital camera portrays tower colors as red - you need to be checking the color balance.
- waw -
> And from the aesthetic standpoint, nothing beats a tower with a fresh
> red-and-white paint job and classic incandescent red lighting - and a full
> load of KS horns, of course!
> Minor technical note, strobes are not required on towers over
> 200 feet.
> Strobe lighing is not the only permitted form of tower lighting.
> Regular red obstruction lighting systems are also permitted.
> Towers which use approved strobe lighting systems for daytime lighting
> operation do not have to be painted with the aviation orange and
> aviation white color bands. A tower owner can opt for the painting
> and use only red lights overnight.
> The tradeoff is the extra costs of installation, operation and maintenance
> of approved strobe lighting systems vs the traditional red lighting systems
> with paint.
> Far more reading is available on tower lighting at:
> . The strobes are
> > >> required by the FAA for towers above 200' (199.9' is exempt, because
> > >> not 200), so until it shrinks to under that, or aircraft cease to fly
> in the
> > >> US, it will have strobes 24/7 unless they fail.