Date: 03 Oct 97 01:18:32 From: email@example.com (Robert Dorsett) References: 1
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From: firstname.lastname@example.org Newsgroups: sci.aeronautics.airliners Subject: Re: Is "Lights Out" FAA Reg? Summary: Expires: References: <airliners.1997.2176@ohare.Chicago.COM> <airliners.1997.2352@ohare.Chicago.COM> Sender: Followup-To: Distribution: world Organization: Netcom Online Communications Services (408-241-9760 login: guest) Keywords: In article <airliners.1997.2352@ohare.Chicago.COM> airjet@Alaska.NET writes: >Dave Benjamin wrote: >> >From observation, it would appear that the FAA (or A/C manufactures) >> require dimming of cabin lights for take-off and landing. Is cabin >> light dimming a requirement? And if it is, why? > >It is a requirement. Whose requirement? What section of the FARs? I just did a search and can't find anything mandating it. >It is done all the time as to become routine and >not left up to the consideration of each individual. It is done for >safety reasons, ie: if there were an incident it would not be like >coming in from the sunlight to a movie theater. Considering that it takes 20+ minutes for the eyes to night-adapt, and that the cabin lights are usually snapped off within a few seconds of the takeoff roll, I kind of doubt it. And if there were an accident, the emergency lighting would tend to destroy whatever adaptation might have occurred. I remember distinctly when it become common, in the mid-late 70s. Cabin staff invariably said it was a courtesy to allow passengers to enjoy the view. A Southwest F/A on a flight I was on recently used it as an opportunity to practice a rather sinister laugh over the PA. I think we're dealing with the exciting birth of an urban legend. Let's see if any two responses in this thread are the same. :-) -- Robert Dorsett Moderator, sci.aeronautics.simulation email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org "Bother," said Pooh when his engine quit on take-off.