May 2015 Issue

FAA Field Approval For A Light Bulb?

Are you flippin’ kidding me? That’s the family-safe version of my response when a shop wouldn’t install a Whelen PAR36 Parmetheus drop-in LED in a reader’s airplane without first lobbying FAA field approval. The aircraft, a first-gen Cirrus SR22, has a traditional incandescent landing/taxi lamp mounted in the nose bowl. Replacing it with the Whelen drop-in is a matter of accessing the lamp, unscrewing it from the mount, pulling off the connector and installing the new LED lamp in reverse order. Even a caveman could do that.

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