This is my first post on these forums, so I'll start with a real short introduction about myself. Skip the following paragraph if you'd just like to get to the question.
I'm a newly-minted PPL currently flying out of the CYCC-to-CST3 general region. I have always wanted to fly taildraggers, but I was disappointed with the extremely low availability of rentals in my area. So, in the spirit of adventure, I decided that the only way to do fulfill my dream was to purchase an old taildragger. As soon as I finished my training at CSS3, I found a friend with whom to share a plane with, and we bought an Aeronca Champ 7DC together.
I got into a discussion with my mechanic about the capabilities of this plane, specifically, whether it can fly Night VFR as-is, or if it could be made to do so.
The aircraft has landing and taxi lights, position lights (nav lights), and all the equipment listed in 605.16 (1) (a)-(j).
In 605.16 (1) (k), it states the necessity for:
I asked whether the aircraft needed a beacon/strobes (anti-collision lights) to my AME, and he said his feeling was that since the aircraft was certified without them, and clearly intended for night operation due to the other installed lights, then it MIGHT not need them. (?!)(k) position and anti-collision lights that conform to the Aircraft Equipment and Maintenance Standards.
Another instructor I asked gave a similar response. I have tried contacting TC, but who knows when they'll get back to me.
So, any thoughts on the matter and what my options might be?
EDIT: And just as a note, I am only contemplating Night VFR in fair weather, moon-bright nights; I understand legalities aside, a Champ is far from the ideal plane for things like long XC night flights.