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    Nav and beacon lights not working

    Hi all, I've been experiencing a problem with the nav and beacon lights not working with cold and dark startup. If I start on the runway they work no problem. I notice with cold and dark if I look very close at the beacon light I can see it turning inside the housing but not emitting any light. This happened before SU7 so I don't think that had anything to do with it. Anyone else experienced this?
    Marcus Key

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    There's a bug somewhere, unsure if it's the DC-6 or MSFS itself.

    Try pressing L, that should sort you.
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    --Joe Markowski

    In my defense, I was left unsupervised.

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      #3
      Have the same issue; L does not work. The only working exterior lights are landing lights. They are also quite dim, but I guess this is because they still run on 6V

      Daniel Helgenberger

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        #4
        Strange... She is not a night-bird but all lights outside seem to function properly.

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        Have a good flight, Linden Shenandoah 🐱

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          #5
          Originally posted by helge000 View Post
          Have the same issue; L does not work. The only working exterior lights are landing lights. They are also quite dim, but I guess this is because they still run on 6V
          You flipped the switches on the overhead panel, and then hit “L”, and they did not come on?

          Strange.
          Matt Smith

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            #6
            Originally posted by helge000 View Post
            Have the same issue; L does not work. The only working exterior lights are landing lights. They are also quite dim, but I guess this is because they still run on 6V
            Do you have the DC6 from Marketplace by any chance?
            Chris Makris (Olympic260)
            PMDG Technical Support
            http://www.pmdg.com

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              #7
              Originally posted by helge000 View Post
              Have the same issue; L does not work. The only working exterior lights are landing lights. They are also quite dim, but I guess this is because they still run on 6V
              The landing lights work quite well as long as you maintain engine rpm. At dark aerodromes like my home field, which also happens to have narrow taxiways, I solve two issues by cutting the outboard engines after landing, and taxi on engines 2 & 3 only. This allows me to maintain engine rpm to keep the landing lights bright, and helps avoid kicking up foreign objects from the outboard prop wash on the narrow taxiways.

              The landing lights are 1000 candlepower each, so you need to keep the generators spinning by holding engine rpm close to 1200 rpm to power the lights properly. (Remember, 1200 to 1500 rpm is restricted from continuous operation per the POH.) If the generators drop offline the system bus voltage drops from 28 volts to 24 volts (battery power) hence the dimming observed at low engine rpm.

              Happy (night) landings!
              Last edited by Seven7Tango; 25Dec2021, 06:43.
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                #8
                Originally posted by cmakris View Post

                Do you have the DC6 from Marketplace by any chance?
                Indeed, I own the marketplace version. Is this a known issue by any change?

                Daniel Helgenberger

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Seven7Tango View Post

                  The landing lights work quite well as long as you maintain engine rpm. At dark aerodromes like my home field, which also happens to have narrow taxiways, I solve two issues by cutting the outboard engines after landing, and taxi on engines 2 & 3 only. This allows me to maintain engine rpm to keep the landing lights bright, and helps avoid kicking up foreign objects from the outboard prop wash on the narrow taxiways.

                  The landing lights are 1000 candlepower each, so you need to keep the generators spinning close to 1200 rpm to power the lights properly. (Remember, 1200 to 1500 rpm is restricted from continuous operation per the POH.) If the generators drop offline the system bus voltage drops from 28 volts to 24 volts (battery power) hence the dimming observed at low engine rpm.

                  Happy (night) landings!
                  Thanks for the tip, will try that ASAP. The POH also tells me also though, on 104:

                  Ground operation of the landing lights should be limited to as short a period as possible, as the absence of a cooling windstream will result in their overheating. Always make certain that the on-off switch is in the “OFF” position following retraction.
                  I wonder, since there are no taxi lights (I know of) - those landing lights would certainly be used as taxi lights as well? I guess taxing would be included in the aforementioned "as short a period as possible".

                  Daniel Helgenberger

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by helge000 View Post

                    Indeed, I own the marketplace version. Is this a known issue by any change?
                    Yes, it is for Market Place DC6. This is under investigation by the team
                    Chris Makris (Olympic260)
                    PMDG Technical Support
                    http://www.pmdg.com

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                      Do we have any update on this?

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