If you have an
existing tower you can request Bird lighting from the FAA by
filing a FAA7460.
But... if you have an
existing tower you need to do a little research. Several of
our clients have dug a big hole and then jumped in. If you
have an old tower with an old lighting standard you will be
required to up grade to the new standard. Here is an
An old 390 foot tower
has an old lighting standard on it. One beacon on top and two
levels of side marker lights at 1/3 and 2/3 of the height.
The tower can keep the old standard until they file for a
change, like bird lighting. So the station asks for bird
lighting and discovers...
They can turn off the
side marker lights but any tower over 350 feet has a beacon on
top and TWO in the middle half way up. Ouch! They have to buy
two expensive lights and wire them! Then they discover the
skinny underrated erector set (windcharger) tower can't
support that much extra load. So much for saving the
electricity of a few side marker lights when everything turns
Look then jump!
On 5/1/2018 7:04 PM, Gregg Richwine
Oh, no. You can't just
turn them off!
You have to get FAA
approval, then you have to have your FCC license modified so
the Tower Lighting section of the license reflects what you're