Re: Dangerous Aircraft lighting

From:         "jla" <>
Date:         21 Aug 1997 15:19:22 -0400
Organization: Kapor Enterprises, Inc.
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Mike <no@junk.mail> wrote in article

> In article <airliners.1997.1805@ohare.Chicago.COM>,
> says...

> >The San Francisco Chronicle recently published an interesting article
> >concerning the aircraft visability while taxing on airport tarmacs. In
> >effect it talked about how airplanes have not got a standardised
> >lighting system to clearly identify what type of plane they are and what
> >they are doing. Control towers operators have trouble actually
> >physically spotting planes on the ground at night and airlines are
> >making it even harder by turining off their "logo lights" on their tails
> >in order to save money. Futhermore smaller planes have even less
> >lighting than the larger ones. All this contributes to possible danger
> >when trying to coordinate where they are going and who sees each other.
> >Anyone from North America or Europe have any insight on this?
> Interesting since in this news group maybe a year or so ago somebody
> made the comment that United planes are difficult to spot _during the
> day_.  Apperently the blue/gray blends into the tarmac well.

There have been several accidents at UA with equipment hitting the aircraft
at night.  The paint job is so dark, with the midnight blue and grey, that
it is hard to see at night and judge how close or far away one is. 
Supposedly the grey has been lightened somewhat.  The remaining remnant
from the Wolf regime.  Can anyone think of a way to convince them to pay
another firm several million to come up with an equally unattractive (and
oh so like everyone else's) scheme that is not so hazardous to people and