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Forum: COMM 11-15-2019, 02:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 170
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, 07:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 373
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, 05:23 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,850
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, 06:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 373
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, 07:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 454
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, 10:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,134
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, 09:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 629
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, 07:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,588
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, 11:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,566
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, 10:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,382
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, 03:13 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,962
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, 02:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,382
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, 02:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,382
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, 06:25 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,962
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, 03:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,382
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, 03:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,382
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, 03:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,382
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, 10:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,382
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, 03:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 892
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, 05:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,411
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, 03:04 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,411
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, 01:54 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,411
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, 03:25 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,411
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, 02:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,328
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, 05:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,161
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, 03:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,161
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, 07:51 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 10,604
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, 01:05 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 10,604
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, 04:15 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 10,604
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, 03:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,161
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, 06:18 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 10,604
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, 04:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,713
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, 04:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,713
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, 03:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,427
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, 05:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,713
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, 04:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,125
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, 01:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 871
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, 02:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 871
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, 02:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,713
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, 09:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,578
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, 04:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,578
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, 04:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,713
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, 07:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 990
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...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-20-2018, 08:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,940
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Sadly that one will not help you. The one I am...

Sadly that one will not help you.

The one I am referring to is the RDAC CAN, normally used for engines like the newish Rotax 912iS (i.e. the fuel injected types).

The RDAC CAN is small, using the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-19-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,940
Posted By Rainier Lamers
That is an interesting thought ! It's quite...

That is an interesting thought !
It's quite normal to see CAN hubs in cars these days so why not ?

If you are looking for some hardware that is readily "airplaney" have a look at our CAN RDAC. This...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-19-2018, 03:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,940
Posted By Rainier Lamers
As mentioned, there is (almost) no standard...

As mentioned, there is (almost) no standard related to the CAN bus. Like the much loved RS232 it is simply a medium to transfer data. What that data is and how fast you want to transfer it is left to...
Forum: GPS 09-12-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,532
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Definitely urban myth... Your GPS antenna is...

Definitely urban myth...

Your GPS antenna is likely a "patch" type that looks mostly upwards (in normal flight). When you happen to be upside down that antenna points downwards and it cant't see any...
Forum: COMM 09-03-2018, 03:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,713
Posted By Rainier Lamers
My recommendation for the N16 and Vega heads is...

My recommendation for the N16 and Vega heads is to use two of them dedicated to the N16 or at minimum one.

Yes - it is possible to switch a Vega between V16 (COM) and N16 (NAV) use in flight. It...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-03-2018, 06:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,148
Posted By Rainier Lamers
I think you may have a transponder problem. All...

I think you may have a transponder problem.
All pointers you mention verify correct operation of the altitude encoder. The transponder will tell you if the altitude drops out at its input.

The way...
Forum: COMM 06-23-2018, 02:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,229
Posted By Rainier Lamers
The effect you describe is quite common with AM...

The effect you describe is quite common with AM transceivers and you have in fact identified what it is: Feedback - more accurately RF feedback.

What happens is that some of the transmitted RF...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-23-2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,738
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Not certain yet - should know very soon. The...

Not certain yet - should know very soon.
The Blaze range should start shipping next month but not all of the range is ready, as far as the attitude indicator is concerned there is still some...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-23-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,738
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Interesting point. We never had a request for...

Interesting point.
We never had a request for one...
Even though we just released our long awaited NAV radio there still is no need since all required indications are either provided by the heads or...
Forum: COMM 06-23-2018, 02:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,713
Posted By Rainier Lamers
It usually takes a few weeks for these things to...

It usually takes a few weeks for these things to be available in the U.S. so the answer would be: "soon".
The Vegas are of course available as they are also used for the V16 transceiver which has...
Forum: COMM 06-22-2018, 10:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,713
Posted By Rainier Lamers
yes it works with the G2 (but make sure you...

yes it works with the G2 (but make sure you update the firmware to the current release) and no, you do not need a head - but if you like you can fit one (or more).

Rainier

CEO MGL Avionics
Forum: COMM 06-22-2018, 09:37 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,713
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Yes, that is correct. You need one of the heads...

Yes, that is correct. You need one of the heads in this case.
It is currently only in case of a MGL EFIS that you do not need a head. However, the protocol used for the V16 and N16 is in public...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-22-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,738
Posted By Rainier Lamers
It's intended for the typical EGT/CHT split (say...

It's intended for the typical EGT/CHT split (say 4+4 or 6+6).
The short answer is "no" however you are correct - it's all in the software but all inputs are themocouple inputs so the cannot be used...
Forum: COMM 06-22-2018, 09:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,713
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Match to the SL30 ? This is not done through the...

Match to the SL30 ?
This is not done through the N16 but rather via the Vega or Razor head. The N16 (and optionally the V16) in turn connect to the N16 via the CAN bus (you can have as many heads as...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-22-2018, 07:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,738
Posted By Rainier Lamers
MGL Avionics releases new Blaze singles

Since there is no dedicated place for these kind of instruments on Vans and they are sort of "mini" EFIS systems...

Have a look at www.MGLAvionics.co.za/blaze.html

This complements our popular Vega...
Forum: COMM 06-22-2018, 07:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,713
Posted By Rainier Lamers
MGL Avionics N16 navigation receiver

I am pleased to be able to announce the release of the MGL Avionics N16 navigation receiver.
Single VOR with morse station ID decoder
Single ILS (localizer and glide slope) with morse station ID...
Forum: GPS 06-21-2018, 06:14 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,016
Posted By Rainier Lamers
MGL Avionics SP-12 ADS-B GPS

Just a heads up...
MGL Avionics has released the SP-12 GPS module. This module is ADS-B 2020 compliant for SDA=2 and SIL=3.
It connects directly to an MGL CAN bus and is compatible with the MGL...
Forum: Autopilots 05-07-2018, 05:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,003
Posted By Rainier Lamers
Sorry, the only servos that will work on a modern...

Sorry, the only servos that will work on a modern MGL EFIS are those made by MGL. On older MGL EFIS systems you could also use Trio servos as Trio made their protocol available to use.
With the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-29-2018, 04:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,623
Posted By Rainier Lamers
We have not done the costing yet (we normally do...

We have not done the costing yet (we normally do that only once the first production batch is completed so we have a record of all costs involved).

From a hardware point of view it is effectively...
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