Guide to Aircraft Navigation Lights

It is against the laws (set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration) to operate any aircraft of any kind that does not possess exterior aircraft lights, otherwise known as navigation lights. This law was made specifically to prevent any incident that could pose dangers to passengers inside, neighboring planes, or people living on the ground below. In other words, the law was made to ensure the safety of the general population and ensure that pilots are operating at a safe capacity. 

Navigation lights are also commonly referred to as position lights. Though they don't actually aid the pilots in their navigation, these lights help them find and determine the relative position of other aircraft nearby in the air. Navigation lights can come in various colors, each which is sorted and assigned place on the airplane. These universally defined colours and locations of the lights on an aircraft aid pilots to determine if other aircraft are approaching or flying away, and their direction of flight. During the dark hours of night, neighboring airplanes may not be outright visible or discernable and so these lights help the pilots to alert incoming aircraft and also to guide the way out of any potential incident. The aircraft navigation lights help pilots to determine if other aircraft are coming or going.

There is a red light which you can find on the left wing tip, while on the right wing tip, you can find a steady green light. The tail has a steady white light mounted as far aft as possible. These navigation or position lights are steady (non flashing) lights, and it is necessary that they are seen from at least 2 miles away. If you survey an aircraft flying up ahead, you might see the green navigation light and also the anti-collision strobe light that is mounted (starboard) on the wing tip of the plane. The reasonable focal point spread makes the type of the main edge wing tip that houses these routes and against crash lights. There are also anti collision lights that impact lights regularly and which consist of white strobe lights or a red pivoting reference point. Situated against crash lights are high power blazing lights that may be red, white or red/white fragmented. These anti collision lights must be obvious and visible to others through a 360 degree sweep.

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