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Forum: COMM 06-03-2020, 09:25 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,825
Posted By Rainier Lamers
There are two different ways to use the rotary...

There are two different ways to use the rotary control you can select in the setup - rotary clamp and rollover.
Pick your preference.

The Vega will not allow an illegal frequency - so when you roll...
Forum: Engine Monitors 06-03-2020, 04:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 666
Posted By Rainier Lamers
We have been producing a variety of EGT probes...

We have been producing a variety of EGT probes over the last 20 years or so. At a guess, probably well over 200.000 so far.

On some installations the probes last "forever". on others not - even if...
Forum: COMM 04-23-2020, 03:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,825
Posted By Rainier Lamers
You will find the information you are looking for...

You will find the information you are looking for in this manual you can find on our website:

http://www.mglavionics.co.za/Docs/Vega%20V16-N16%20manual.pdf

The second part of the manual shows the...
Forum: COMM 04-22-2020, 02:06 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,825
Posted By Rainier Lamers
That's a relief ! Thank you for a bit of positive...

That's a relief !
Thank you for a bit of positive news this morning.

MGL Avionics is still under total lock down (in 4th week now). We are confined to our homes and are only allowed to get groceries...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-21-2020, 03:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 665
Posted By Rainier Lamers
The correct answer is: It may matter - it depends...

The correct answer is: It may matter - it depends on the instrument the thermocouple is connected to. The manufacturer should be able to advise.

Basically - if the instrument has high impedance...
Forum: COMM 04-21-2020, 03:39 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,825
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Assuming you are starting with the normal screen...

Assuming you are starting with the normal screen and the head thinks it is for a COM radio.

You should see a flashing message saying COM radio not detected.

Press left button to enter menu (you...
Forum: COMM 04-13-2020, 07:58 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,825
Posted By Rainier Lamers
I do not know the G3X at all I am afraid but if...

I do not know the G3X at all I am afraid but if you state that it can only support two COM radios I assume that means it has two RS232 ports available for this.
Since a NAVCOM radio shares a single...
Forum: COMM 04-06-2020, 08:50 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,825
Posted By Rainier Lamers
N16 / Vega or N16 / Razor looks like any SL30...

N16 / Vega or N16 / Razor looks like any SL30 radio on the Rs232 link. The COM part of the protocol is fully functional - it just does not do anything due to lack of a COM radio...
NAV functions work...
Forum: COMM 03-16-2020, 04:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,553
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Allow me to comment as designer of a number of...

Allow me to comment as designer of a number of aviation band radios and other RF products.

AM transmitters can be severely affected by bad VSWR. Reflected energy can be significant and interfere...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-10-2020, 12:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 660
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Brad is correct. There are two groups of...

Brad is correct.

There are two groups of settings - those that can change often and those that usually change very infrequently or at all.

Anything that could change often (from your last known GPS...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-28-2020, 04:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,633
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Please see my answer on this in the COMM Forum....

Please see my answer on this in the COMM Forum. Short answer: I don't think the 660 has support for a navigation receiver. It's a small tablet GPS navigator.

Rainier
CEO MGL Avionics
Forum: COMM 01-28-2020, 12:54 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,825
Posted By Rainier Lamers
I may be mistaken of course but I don't think the...

I may be mistaken of course but I don't think the 660 can interface to a navigation radio. It appears to be a GPS navigator hand held device similar to many of the tablet based apps.

The N16 can be...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-27-2020, 05:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,540
Posted By Rainier Lamers
We like using the Verbatim Micro-SD cards....

We like using the Verbatim Micro-SD cards. However I once went out to a store and bought whatever I could find from different manufacturers to see how tolerant the CPU is to slight differences...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-24-2020, 01:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,540
Posted By Rainier Lamers
I will describe here how to restore a "bricked"...

I will describe here how to restore a "bricked" iEFIS G3. It is quite simple.

First a bit of background. The G3 uses a Texas instruments processor. This has a built in boot system hard coded by Ti....
Forum: COMM 01-23-2020, 11:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,575
Posted By Rainier Lamers
It tends to take time until ACS lists a new(ish)...

It tends to take time until ACS lists a new(ish) product. They are in stock with MGL Avionics distributors in California. They also have the A16 (not sure if they still have any left, you may need to...
Forum: COMM 01-23-2020, 04:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,575
Posted By Rainier Lamers
It's a valid comment but then you should really...

It's a valid comment but then you should really not be building an aircraft yourself. I would presume you build an aircraft because you have the ability to do so and enjoy the challenge.
The very...
Forum: COMM 01-23-2020, 04:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,575
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Related to the mention of the V16 COM radio and...

Related to the mention of the V16 COM radio and its open protocol.

The N16 NAV radio is also open in the same way.

The A16 intercom is also open but I have not yet found the energy to document the...
Forum: COMM 11-25-2019, 02:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,001
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Actually, have a look at page 43. Shows the two...

Actually, have a look at page 43. Shows the two ways of using it in a more generic way.

Rainier
CEO MGL Avionics
Forum: COMM 11-22-2019, 06:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,001
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Many years of assisting customers with audio...

Many years of assisting customers with audio problems related to intercom systems, headsets, radios have resulted in some experience.

However, recently, I struck gold, quite by accident.

In the...
Forum: COMM 11-15-2019, 01:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 425
Posted By Rainier Lamers
MGL Avionics A16 intercom released

It's taken a bit longer than I hoped for but I think the result is worth the wait.
http://www.mglavionics.co.za/Images/A16w2.jpg
http://www.mglavionics.co.za/Images/Razor%20Front%202-2.jpg

Brief:...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-11-2019, 06:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 820
Posted By Rainier Lamers
You have three connections in total to make this...

You have three connections in total to make this work.
Two are RX from the 430, one contains GPS related info, the other contains ILS/VOR info. There are also some "random" labels scattered across...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-08-2019, 04:23 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 18,083
Posted By Rainier Lamers
DO-160 power input considerations

The circuitry presented here is sadly not compliant even with category A.
However this is easily fixed.

DO-160G takes dim view on any voltage clamping device and in fact specifies that the power...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-06-2019, 05:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 820
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Something not right here - it's following a GPS...

Something not right here - it's following a GPS track. What part of the approach is the video showing ?
The director is flipping to maximum bank angle (30 degrees limited by firmware).

You say it...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-16-2019, 06:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 610
Posted By Rainier Lamers
A quick way to to a ballpark test on the iEFIS G3...

A quick way to to a ballpark test on the iEFIS G3 - under your RDAC setup menu -> go to the TC channel setup.
With your engine still fairly warm flip the CHT channel type between K and J.

With K...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-13-2019, 09:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,403
Posted By Rainier Lamers
No such thing as a dumb question. Only a dumb...

No such thing as a dumb question. Only a dumb answer.

Yes you will need to recalibrate from time to time. But not because the north pole is drifting.

Your magnetometer is affected by aging of its...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-30-2019, 08:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 909
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Trig makes two versions of their split body...

Trig makes two versions of their split body transponders.
They are effectively identical hardware. One is controlled via RS232, the other, as mentioned RS485.

MGL makes a small active interface that...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-26-2019, 06:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,006
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Type this into Google: investigating CAN bus...

Type this into Google:

investigating CAN bus network integrity in avionics systems

This is one of the strangest papers I have come across in my Avionics career. It investigates the (quite obvious)...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-01-2019, 10:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,342
Posted By Rainier Lamers
I was given this "research" a while ago. Man, I...

I was given this "research" a while ago.
Man, I could not believe what I was reading.
What a load of hogwash.

What they were doing here is laboriously trying to spoof the system. You can do that...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-26-2019, 09:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,347
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Basic info posted to www.mglavionics.co.za Both...

Basic info posted to www.mglavionics.co.za

Both installation and user manuals as well. They are not 100% complete but pretty far along the way - enough to get a good idea. Should be able to finish...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-26-2019, 02:13 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 11,317
Posted By Rainier Lamers
When we first released our Enigma EFIS many years...

When we first released our Enigma EFIS many years ago I was keen to release it as open source. But "life" intervened. My biggest fear was the level of support something like this needs and that needs...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-23-2019, 01:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,347
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Identical to the Discovery Lite (we borrowed the...

Identical to the Discovery Lite (we borrowed the housing).

120x220x30mm (excludes height of the rotary controls and connectors at the back). One D25 connector, one SMA for GPS antenna and a total of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-23-2019, 01:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,347
Posted By Rainier Lamers
It requires a bit of a mind shift (but not too...

It requires a bit of a mind shift (but not too much).
All our avionics is programmed "bare metal" and no third party code is used in any form. There is no API. It's WYSIWYG programming all the way to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-22-2019, 05:25 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 11,317
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Very nice indeed. Well done. Rainier CEO MGL...

Very nice indeed. Well done.

Rainier
CEO MGL Avionics
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-22-2019, 02:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,347
Posted By Rainier Lamers
For those familiar with our iEFIS products - the...

For those familiar with our iEFIS products - the MX1 is not strictly one on them and is not intended to be either.

Compared to the full iEFIS you loose:

Vector maps, Plates, Intelliroutes, Holds,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-22-2019, 02:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,347
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Should be up towards end of this week - or early...

Should be up towards end of this week - or early next. Still busy writing the manuals...

Rainier
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-22-2019, 02:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,347
Posted By Rainier Lamers
This is EXACTLY what I have been telling my...

This is EXACTLY what I have been telling my customers for years !
I know - builders itch to get going and purchase all they can (that's the easy part of building and can be fun as well).
But when it...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-18-2019, 09:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,347
Posted By Rainier Lamers
MGL releases MX1 EFIS at Oshkosh

http://www.mglavionics.co.za/Images/MX1combosm.jpg

Time for a new EFIS release. This one has been in the worx for three years and has gone through several design iterations.
This EFIS has been...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-27-2019, 02:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,046
Posted By Rainier Lamers
The calculations are based on the common wind...

The calculations are based on the common wind triangle formulas you learned for you pilots licence. No magic here.

You need 4 numbers:

Ground speed and true ground track from the GPS (That's not a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-25-2019, 04:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,035
Posted By Rainier Lamers
If you are going to use an EFIS as your primary...

If you are going to use an EFIS as your primary interface to the radio (i.e. set frequencies, see CDI, radials etc) you only need a single Vega head so you can setup the N16 (view it as your...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-21-2019, 02:04 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,035
Posted By Rainier Lamers
With "mounting the N16 head out of the way" I...

With "mounting the N16 head out of the way" I mean that - it does not have to be in the panel or even accessible.
You will use it once to setup the N16 - mostly the audio side and what kind of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-20-2019, 12:54 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,035
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Yes it requires at least one control head if you...

Yes it requires at least one control head if you need it to talk "SL30". As with the real SL30 you need a panel to setup basics, so it is no different.
The head takes care of providing the RS232 port...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-19-2019, 02:25 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,035
Posted By Rainier Lamers
I agree with you - the SL30 (originally from...

I agree with you - the SL30 (originally from Apollo) was an excellent NAV radio. But if I may just enter a little plug here: The N16 Nav radio costs a small fraction, and also does two VOR or one VOR...
Forum: COMM 02-25-2019, 01:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,612
Posted By Rainier Lamers
RTCA DO-207 is the doc specifying how this works....

RTCA DO-207 is the doc specifying how this works. Been around for a very long time.
TSO-C128a is the FAA technical standard order related to this. Dates from 2005.

Essentially a lot of words and...
Forum: COMM 02-01-2019, 04:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,657
Posted By Rainier Lamers
It's perhaps incorrect to call it a double...

It's perhaps incorrect to call it a double shield. It really just has a "tighter" shield due to double the amount of individual threads in the shield.
It has very low leakage which is the only real...
Forum: COMM 01-31-2019, 02:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,657
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Sadly our experiences with RG400 show that it is...

Sadly our experiences with RG400 show that it is not a plaster to fix antenna problems. It is good cable with very low loss as long as it is used correctly. To be honest, provided you have a well...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-28-2019, 06:51 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 17,132
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Certainly a lot less than that :) If it's going...

Certainly a lot less than that :)

If it's going to go through the insulation it will be at the light source (LED) or light sensor (usually a photo transistor) and the insulation would be relatively...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-28-2019, 12:05 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 17,132
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Cannot find a reference to this in the FT-60...

Cannot find a reference to this in the FT-60 docs. My guess is that the housing is not connected to ground (in my opinion that would be the correct way of doing this).

Reason: Nothing should be...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-25-2019, 03:15 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 17,132
Posted By Rainier Lamers
This is an interesting question. Static is one of...

This is an interesting question. Static is one of my favorite topics as it happens to be perhaps one of the most neglected issues in many constructions.

In my opinion the chance of a static...
Forum: COMM 01-25-2019, 02:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,657
Posted By Rainier Lamers
While experimenting with various antenna types...

While experimenting with various antenna types during the development of the MGL N16 navigation radio I can conclude that pretty much all of the solutions presented in various pieces of literature...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-22-2019, 05:18 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 17,132
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Just noticed this thread so let me add what I...

Just noticed this thread so let me add what I know.

Here at MGL (in SA) we have never had any reports of problems with the red cube so this comes as a surprise. We don't sell them here (I know the...
Forum: COMM 12-12-2018, 03:56 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,825
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Thanks Bob, great to get that kind of...

Thanks Bob, great to get that kind of feedback...

Rainier
CEO MGL Avionics
Forum: COMM 12-12-2018, 03:53 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,825
Posted By Rainier Lamers
We do not sell any product to Aircraft Spruce...

We do not sell any product to Aircraft Spruce from here in SA so I do not know the answer.

Any MGL products sold in North America are sold by Rainbow Aircraft in Los Angeles - they do trade under...
Forum: COMM 11-23-2018, 02:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,551
Posted By Rainier Lamers
As a manufacturer of these things I can answer...

As a manufacturer of these things I can answer this question quite easily.

The simple answer: Make one and see how much it costs you in parts, labor, R&D, premises, machinery and test equipment,...
Forum: COMM 10-26-2018, 04:25 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,825
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Thanks ! Yes - the V16 is most definitely...

Thanks !
Yes - the V16 is most definitely outstripping our expectations.
And from some unusual sources too. Learned it is solving a long standing problem with the Russian M14 radials - these engines,...
Forum: GPS 10-26-2018, 03:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,450
Posted By Rainier Lamers
We supply our GPS antennas with a 15 feet cable....

We supply our GPS antennas with a 15 feet cable. That is quite long.

We do not recommend that the cable be shortened in our case as the antenna contains an amplifier and the gain is matched to...
Forum: COMM 10-26-2018, 12:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 975
Posted By Rainier Lamers
The headphone side is not sensitive to...

The headphone side is not sensitive to interference and very tolerant so likely not the issue (bit not completely impossible).

If things vary with frequency that usually is a solid hint that...
Forum: COMM 10-25-2018, 01:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 975
Posted By Rainier Lamers
In our experience shielding audio cables is...

In our experience shielding audio cables is pretty simple if you follow one golden rule: NEVER EVER use the shield as conductor. In other words - connect the shield to a ground point (any ground...
Forum: COMM 10-24-2018, 01:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,825
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Yes you are quite correct - on the V6 and V10 we...

Yes you are quite correct - on the V6 and V10 we only implemented the SL40 and SL30 protocol for the direction TO the radio as that would not interfere with the native protocol.

The V16 itself as...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-23-2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,699
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Actually yes - I have received several...

Actually yes - I have received several suggestions like that over the years. A few systems have been put together for pilot training mostly for single seat jets where the "approval" requirement was...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-23-2018, 03:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,699
Posted By Rainier Lamers
We have been doing that for over a decade now...

We have been doing that for over a decade now with our EFIS systems and I use this facility myself for EFIS software development.

You can connect any of our older Odyssey/Voyager G2 or newer iEFIS...
Forum: COMM 10-23-2018, 03:06 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,825
Posted By Rainier Lamers
News travels fast doesn't it ? I have no reports...

News travels fast doesn't it ?

I have no reports at all related to a Dynon system and a V16 or N16 so the correct answer is: "I do not know".
There are two ways to talk to the radios: Native and via...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-18-2018, 06:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,633
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Yes I did say that but was mistaken - sorry. Yes...

Yes I did say that but was mistaken - sorry. Yes we have been shipping them for a couple of months now and naturally assumed many of them went to the U.S. - I checked with shipping and was told Matt...
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