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Cockpit Illumination Safety Prior to Take-Off

May 20, 2020 8:12:46 AM / by Richard Mileika

Using Oplite’s Tasklight to Boost In-Flight Safety

Following a safety checklist prior to flying is something all pilots do. There are many things to consider before taking off to ensure a smooth journey, including creating the perfect flying environment for each pilot. Ensuring the pilot can access control panels, navigation, and gears and switches in the face of expected change are at the top of that checklist.

Each pilot is different, and the cockpit can be adjusted to fit the needs of each individual, whether it’s Ensure Inflight Safety with Proper Illuminationspacing, control panel height, or lighting needs. While there are certain regulations to maintain when it comes to lighting and illumination, there is also some customization allowed based on those individual’s needs. Each person has particular light sensitivities, so having a dimmable and adjustable light for the control panel is important for the pilot. Oplite’s Tasklight 600 has a dimmable setting and can also be mounted on an adjustable goose neck or thru panel mount.

Having an adjustable light is also useful to transition from day to night flying, where the aircraft and flight path may stay the same, but the internal and external environment drastically changes. Cockpit organization is important for daytime flights, but even more important for nighttime flying. Having a spare light and power source within immediate reach is recommended by the AOPA Foundation.

When it comes to emergency situations, the pre-flight safety checklist becomes more important than ever. Should the GPS fail, or if there’s a mechanical issue, the crew will need a backup plan for navigation, so charts and maps should be easily accessible with proper lighting for viewing, as suggested by a Hartzell Propeller blog post. Their blog post also suggests emergency procedures should be practices every six months to ensure the crew is up to date and prepared should the need arise.

Oplite’s Tasklight 600 series has a number of features that make it a great choice for customizing yourOplite's Tasklight 600 has a Number of Customizable Options cockpit and lighting needs:

  • Available in multiple mounts (goose neck or thru panel mount)
  • Fully adjustable in two directions
  • Comes in six LED color combinations (including single, dual, and dimmable configurations)
    • Color options include white, red, green, and blue

Each Tasklight 600 is manufactured and tested to ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D 2016 quality standard and traceability and is made in the U.S.A. Contact us today for more information on how Oplite’s Tasklight 600 can suit your aircraft needs. Have a safe flight!

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