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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : sfo.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Controlling Facilities||tower : sfo.tower|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Brasilia EMB-120 All Series|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
ground : taxi
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
pilot : commercial
pilot : instrument
pilot : multi engine
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Airport||lighting : sfo.airport|
The taxiway lighting at sfo is absolutely ridiculous. The green center line lights are blinding. There are no taxiway edge lights. The pilots are forced to look at these blinding lights; which destroys night vision and inhibits our ability to see objects and avoid them. Pilots are unable to determine where taxiways start and end; or where they turn or intersect other taxiways as there are no blue edge lights to guide us. On an 8 mile final; you can see the taxiway center line lights as clear as day; but you cannot see the runway lights. It is incredibly ridiculous and unsafe.callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: when complaints are registered with the tower the response is that the taxiway light brightness is not adjustable and that they are working on the problem. The problem has existed for quite a while and he believes it is time to fix the problem.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: EMB120 CAPT REPORTS TXWY CENTER LINE LIGHTS THAT ARE TOO BRIGHT AND BLUE EDGE LIGHTS ARE TOO DIM OR NONEXISTENT AT SFO.
Narrative: THE TAXIWAY LIGHTING AT SFO IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS. THE GREEN CENTER LINE LIGHTS ARE BLINDING. THERE ARE NO TAXIWAY EDGE LIGHTS. THE PILOTS ARE FORCED TO LOOK AT THESE BLINDING LIGHTS; WHICH DESTROYS NIGHT VISION AND INHIBITS OUR ABILITY TO SEE OBJECTS AND AVOID THEM. PILOTS ARE UNABLE TO DETERMINE WHERE TAXIWAYS START AND END; OR WHERE THEY TURN OR INTERSECT OTHER TAXIWAYS AS THERE ARE NO BLUE EDGE LIGHTS TO GUIDE US. ON AN 8 MILE FINAL; YOU CAN SEE THE TAXIWAY CENTER LINE LIGHTS AS CLEAR AS DAY; BUT YOU CANNOT SEE THE RUNWAY LIGHTS. IT IS INCREDIBLY RIDICULOUS AND UNSAFE.CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: WHEN COMPLAINTS ARE REGISTERED WITH THE TOWER THE RESPONSE IS THAT THE TXWY LIGHT BRIGHTNESS IS NOT ADJUSTABLE AND THAT THEY ARE WORKING ON THE PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM HAS EXISTED FOR QUITE A WHILE AND HE BELIEVES IT IS TIME TO FIX THE PROBLEM.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of May 2009 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.