Friday, February 20, 2015

The Need For An Aviation Warning Beacon

By Olivia Cross

Low flying flights require clear signals of any obstructing objects in their path. Such objects could be tall structures, buildings, broadcast transmission masts and others. Proper marking of these objects with an aviation warning beacon helps prevent collision. This means that flying is a great hazard and very challenging where these signs lack. Installing the beacons is also one way to comply with FAA regulations on air traffic and safety.

It is important to note that there are set requirements for installation of aircraft warning lights. For once, any structure at least 200 feet above the ground should have such warning lights installed. Those structures near the airport may require such lights regardless of their height. This way, pilots can actually see from far that there is an obstruction ahead so that they could make decisions in good time. The lights are used both during the day and at night.

The beacons come in two main colors. The greatly noticeable high intensity red lamps that go on and off sequentially every few minutes. These could also be designed to keep illuminated always. The second type are the xenon discharge strobes usually white in color. However, one can find beacons of different colors today including yellow, blue, amber and green coded to pass unique messages. The color codes could also determine the kind of airport these beacons serve.

Red lights are suitable for use at night especially in urban areas due to their high visibility. Their intensity makes them easy for the pilot to notice from above. The white xenon flashers come in handy for rural areas or urban centers during the day. However, their use in urban areas is limited to low density population areas since they easily merge with background lighting in densely populated places and become hard to spot. This increases the risk of collision in planes.

Development in technology has led to increase in tall structures. This also leads to increased use for the aircraft signal lights. Having such lights properly installed in any tall structure will help prevent unnecessary collisions. Besides, this is one way to comply with aviation regulations.

Aviation signal beacons should be installed by properly trained and experienced technicians. Only professionals can create proper designs of these lights that will match the set standards. Such professionals will also guide their clients in acquisition and installation of the beacons so as to comply fully with FAA regulations.

Aircraft signal signs also include special paints applied on the masts or antenna towers hosting the beacons. Antenna towers around the airport will also need to be painted even if they are lower than 200 feet. However, not all states have this requirement for their airports.

It is notable that these lights are not just helpful to pilots but passengers as well. Passengers feel reassured on sight of aircraft signal beacons. Since flying above tall structures is generally scary, such beacons are all the passengers require to feel at ease during their journey. This makes the trip safe and enjoyable for both the pilot and passengers.

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