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Re: Tower Lighting and strobes

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  • widebandit
    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
    Message 1 of 30 , Jun 22, 2011
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      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!
      >
      > Albert
      >
      > 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:
      > http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ato/service_units/s
      > ystemops/fs/alaskan/towers/obstruction/media/AC70_7460_1K.pdf
      >
      > . The strobes are
      > > >> required by the FAA for towers above 200' (199.9' is exempt, because
      > it's
      > > >> 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.
      >
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