HC Deb 29 February 1916 vol 80 cc870-1
30. Major HUNT

asked whether, in view of the danger and difficulty experienced by aeroplane pilots at night in finding the flares at present used at aerodromes, a recognisable form of searchlight could be provided for aerodromes as well as the flares, so as to relieve pilots of the danger of being unable to find the only places where a landing can be made in safety at night?


In dealing with this matter the authorities responsible have, of course, been guided by the reports received from those directly concerned, i.e., the pilots. These indicate a preference for open flares over searchlights or any other form of lighting apparatus. The hon. and gallant Member will agree with me that the views of the pilots in this matter are more important than those of other persons who do not leave the ground. I may, however, inform him that continual experiments are being made to ascertain the best method of lighting aeroplane landing grounds at night.