>i just spent 3 days driving a "mini-mover" van-type thing from the
>southwest up to the bay area, and it shimmied, coughed, and made
>death-rattle noises, except at 55mph, where it was as smooth as silk.
>so, i had time to notice towers along the route. i first estimated that
>towers that were painted red/white in alternating sections were 10
>feet of white, then 10 of red, etc. i decided i could tell the
>height by counting stripes and multiplying by 10 feet. then it
>seemed like many 7-stripers were more like 140 feet high! is there a
>standard recipe for doing this? i imagine it's specified by the faa
>or somebody like that.
>i also noticed that there were some pretty tall towers without paint,
>while some were painted but not anywhere near an airfield. are there
>painted towers just to "cover the tails" of tower owners? should we
>*all* be painting our towers, regardless of height?
>i sure am glad to be home! see you at the paint store right after
>SSfone and documenting my RFexposure values!
The requirement is that the tower be painted in 7 areas divided into
the length of the tower. That is, it shall be painted alternate red
and white for a total of 7 differently colored areas evenly spaced over
the length of the tower. It has nothing whatever to do with the height
of the tower other than:
(1) A tower exceeding 200 feet and having blinking red lights shall be
painted with alternate red and white areas.
(2) A tower exceeding 200 feet and having strobe lights shall not need
to be painted alternate red and white areas.
(3) A tower that does not exceed 200 feet does not need to be painted
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