Oh, I'm sure someone will be screaming. I'm just screaming louder about being killed.
Here's what I know about our primary issue/offender, met tower's.
Most of the are claimed to be "temporary" in nature and only erect in one spot for a year to two years. If that is true then a majority of them up right now are either coming down or are already slated to come down in the next twelve months anyhow and the work can be performed as the move is made. If that isn't the case then they lied to me. On top of that fact it is highly unlikely that a tower in a northern icy environment would go much more than twelve months without the need to be tipped for maintenance or instrument changing anyhow, even if it isn't being moved, so the work can also be performed at that time too. This according to a couple of met tower erection companies.
As far as other, more permanent guyed structures that have been erected unmarked, 365 days should still be plenty of time to gather up the resources of contractors to get out there and get it done. They may have to start making phone calls on day 13, yes, but that will still leave 352 days to do so. Most of what we are asking can be performed by a crew of three in a day and a piece. The paint will probably take the most time but if I had a bucket of white, a bucket of orange, two rollers, some masking tape, and I moved my ass I could probably have one done in couple of hours on the ground. I just don't see too many that don't fit the bill for that description, maybe three or four out of 50. For those in the air, yes, more complex no doubt.
As far as the light goes all they'll need to do is throw all of that old crap away and dish out $550.00 (with mount) for one of these; http://www.carmanah.com/aviation/produc ... king-light
They are the model I used to create the bill. Cheap, self contained, will fill the spec for NVG's, 5 year life on the battery pack, and seven days of sunless autonomy (flashing at night only). Real easy to take care of overall.
It'll ruffle some feathers for sure but if it saves a life or two or three then it is worth it. I think that four fatalities, and a stack of "almost" stories is enough.