I have heard from a few readers that have asked whether the military capabilities featured in “The Devil Dragon Pilot” are realistic. I am proud to write that nearly all of the capabilities found in the book are 100% real. Real aircraft, real locations, actual restaurants and hotels, as well as cities and countries. Even the street names and specific runways are real. Yes, they are real! Certainly there is some fiction, like the excess Mach speeds, but that’s what makes it fun!
Please find the following videos on my YouTube Channel, or take a look at the links below. These links demonstrate the capabilities found in “The Devil Dragon Pilot” book, and may help you as you read through the book:
Saturday, December 17, 2016 • 11 am – 1:45 • In front of the Marine Corps Exchange – Henderson Hall…meet bestselling author Lawrence A. Colby for a book signing of The Devil Dragon Pilot, his blockbuster thriller that mixes aviation and espionage. Crammed with deceitful government employees, smoke and mirrors tradecraft, and the blackest, most secretive aviation flights ever undertaken, this is one you won’t be able to put down!
Is Airport Lighting the same around the world? How did Devil Dragon land?
A motivated reader named “Bob” asked if the airport lighting was the same around the world, especially in Asia. Yes, Bob!
Many of the airports around the world have some type of lighting for aircraft night flying. The differences at these airports are the type of lighting, depending on the amount of aircraft they have, and how busy they are. The lighting is always the same world-wide so that pilots can recognize the universal light colors, sequences, and locations, to help them land, taxi and take-off safely.
Some examples of lighting at airports
Airport Beacon: Airport beacons aid a pilot identify an airfield at night. The airport beacon is usually operated from dusk until dawn. As an example, some of the most common beacons found at airfields are:
Flashing white and green for civilian land airports
Flashing white and yellow for a water airport
Flashing white, yellow, and green for a heliport
Two quick white flashes alternating with a green flash identifying a military airport
Approach Light Systems: The approach light systems are used for pilots to transition from instrument flight (looking inside the cockpit) to visual flight for landing (outside the cockpit).
Visual Glideslope Indicators: Visual glideslope indicators give the pilot glidepath information so that he or she can land safely. This aid can be used in the day or night. By using these lights, the pilot will clear an obstacles near the end of the runway, and also land in a specific location on the end of the runway.
Next time you are flying, take a look outside at all the airport lighting. I bet you’ll see it differently.
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