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Is the beacon light required for daytime vfr flights?

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  1. Bill Trussell on Apr 09, 2012

    Yes, per 91.205 Powered civil aircraft with standard category U.S. airworthiness certificates: Instrument and equipment requirements.
    (b) Visual-flight rules (day). For VFR flight during the day, the following instruments and equipment are required:
    (11) For small civil airplanes certificated after March 11, 1996, in accordance with part 23 of this chapter, an approved aviation red or aviation white anticollision light system. In the event of failure of any light of the anticollision light system, operation of the aircraft may continue to a location where repairs or replacement can be made.
    In the event of an aircraft certificated prior to this date 91.209 Aircraft lights. applies which says if it is on the aircraft it should be on. ”
    (b) Operate an aircraft that is equipped with an anticollision light system, unless it has lighted anticollision lights. However, the anticollision lights need not be lighted when the pilot-in-command determines that, because of operating conditions, it would be in the interest of safety to turn the lights off.”
    Typically the beacon light is considered part of the anticollision light system.
    I will leave the debate about the continuation of use of an aircraft with an inoperable light system for another discussion under the minimum equipment list/inoperable equipment provisions.

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