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Landing Gear Position Indicator Lights – C182RG

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Hey all, I flew a C182RG my club has last weekend - During my preflight I found the gear up amber light burned out. It took a couple calls but I eventually figured out where we kept spare bulbs and made the swap - In between trying to find our spare parts room I poked around the aircraft POH and couldn't find landing gear position lights listed on the W&B equipment list. Furthermore Section 7 simply says that if an indicator light burns out in flight it can be swapped with another one...which of course didn't address my problem being on the ground. Basically my question is two part:                                                                                                             Would "landing gear position indicator" as defined under 91.205 include the lights or just the lever? Assuming 91.205 just covers the lever itself, am I missing something in the POH that requires BOTH lights for the 182RG per 91.213(d)? Could I have taken off with one (or both) bulbs burnt out? Thanks and happy new year!                                                                                                                  Matt

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  1. John D Collins on Dec 28, 2015

    The landing gear operating handle is not an indicator of gear position, the two lights indicate the position of the gear, down and up. When both lights are out, the gear is in transition and the gear motor should be running. The gear operating handle only selects the direction the gear are to move, but does not indicate if they have moved nor does it indicate they have reached their appropriate limits, fully up or fully down.

    So yes, 91.205 requires that both lights be operating prior to flight, VFR or otherwise.

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