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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : abi|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Light Transport, Low Wing, 2 Turboprop Eng|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
ground other : taxi
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 250|
flight time total : 3500
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : ground|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
As we taxied from the terminal, abi ground notified us that our white light on the tail was inoperative. I consulted the MEL which stipulated that if the wing strobes were operative that you could have an inoperative anti-collision light beacon system. Upon landing at dfw, I reread the MEL and determined that I had misapplied the MEL and the system that was out was the position lights and the flight should not have been conducted. To further confuse the matter the position lights are labeled as navigation lights on the flight deck and in other publication on the aircraft. However there is no entry on the MEL referring to navigation lights at all. To avoid confusion, I feel that the wording and terminology should be standardized.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ACR LTT FLEW TRIP AT NIGHT WITH THE REAR POSITION LIGHT INOPERATIVE.
Narrative: AS WE TAXIED FROM THE TERMINAL, ABI GND NOTIFIED US THAT OUR WHITE LIGHT ON THE TAIL WAS INOP. I CONSULTED THE MEL WHICH STIPULATED THAT IF THE WING STROBES WERE OPERATIVE THAT YOU COULD HAVE AN INOP ANTI-COLLISION LIGHT BEACON SYS. UPON LNDG AT DFW, I REREAD THE MEL AND DETERMINED THAT I HAD MISAPPLIED THE MEL AND THE SYS THAT WAS OUT WAS THE POS LIGHTS AND THE FLT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED. TO FURTHER CONFUSE THE MATTER THE POS LIGHTS ARE LABELED AS NAV LIGHTS ON THE FLT DECK AND IN OTHER PUBLICATION ON THE ACFT. HOWEVER THERE IS NO ENTRY ON THE MEL REFERRING TO NAV LIGHTS AT ALL. TO AVOID CONFUSION, I FEEL THAT THE WORDING AND TERMINOLOGY SHOULD BE STANDARDIZED.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 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.