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Old 01-02-2018, 08:45 AM
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Default SDS EFI in 2018

2018 is here now and this marks our 23rd year of supplying EFI for the Experimental Aircraft market. 2018 will see us surpass 1900 aviation ECUs and kits delivered to the market. We're pretty proud of that. With the new year, some new things for SDS also:

With our higher purchase volumes now, we've been able to get better pricing on some components used in our kits so we've added some more hardware to the kits for without raising prices.

We've slightly lowered the pricing on four cylinder angle valve systems also as a result of this.

Some hardware will see some slight changes this year as a result of customer feedback but in all cases, we retain the same high quality standards with our parts as before.

Now that we are back to marketing on our own again, you'll be seeing more ads and articles about SDS in many magazines and web forums starting in January. We also have some new partners to help expand into new markets and areas. You may see us at more aircraft trade shows in the future. I'll make announcements on those when we are closer to those events and know for sure. You'll see continued support of the teams running SDS at Reno and we're excited to be working on some new projects in that area.

As usual, we continue development on new features and expanding our kit offerings. SDS EFI is available for 4 and 6 cylinder Lycomings, O-200 and IO-550 Continentals, Rotax 912 and Jabiru 2200, 3300, 5100 engines along with many popular auto conversion engines like Subaru and LS engines.

We do see backlogs building a bit more now with lead times stretching over 2 weeks now in some cases. We're training our personnel on new jobs to try to keep order lead times down to reasonable levels.

We look forward to working with builders and continue being the leading EFI supplier in this market and as always, appreciate your support and feedback.
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Old 01-10-2018, 05:03 PM
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Default CNC Machining

For those folks who'd like some more insight into how we make our products, you might enjoy this short video on how the ECU boxes are machined:

https://youtu.be/xG03eReYIdA
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Old 01-15-2018, 03:45 PM
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Speaking of CNC work, here's a run of the new lightweight fuel pump module ends. We've eliminated the integral filter because most people wanted to install something larger externally. These will save some weight, length and cost.



We're supplying these plus billet inlet and outlet filters now all all kits ordered after Jan. 15/18.
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RV10 95% built- Sold 2016
http://www.sdsefi.com/aircraft.html
http://sdsefi.com/cpi.htm



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Old 01-16-2018, 05:43 PM
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Here is the new pump module assembled. The changes shaved off about 74 grams from the last iteration. Overall, down about 125 grams from the original design in 2014. Some of our customers are pretty concerned with weight so we thought we'd pare it down as much as practical without increasing run times.
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Old 01-21-2018, 12:08 PM
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Very nice Ross! Is that 7075, 6061 or?
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Old 01-21-2018, 12:33 PM
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End pieces and straps are 6061-T6, the threaded spigots are 7075-T6.

CNC production is humming now with more machines available. As of today, they've turned out 458 SDS parts since Jan. 2. Great job from Trevor and Howard.

You can see more info on the machined parts and production here: http://sdsefi.com/racetech.htm
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http://www.sdsefi.com/aircraft.html
http://sdsefi.com/cpi.htm



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Old 01-21-2018, 03:29 PM
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Some of our test partners have been aware of conceptual work done on the new EM-6 ECU as of a few months ago. This work actually dates back to August 2016.

We'll be finished the CPI2 design next month and can start on the EM-6 in earnest then, incorporating the shopping list of features and ideas we've been wanting to implement for some time now.

About all I can say at this point is that it will have some features which have be commonplace in other more expensive ECUs for a while. The plan is to make it retro-compatible wiring wise, with older EM-X ECUs as we've done since the EM-1 was produced back in late 1993.

The EM-6 is the second generation SDS ECU specifically designed for Experimental Aviation after our EM-5/57 board which went on sale in Dec. 2016.

As with the CPI2, I invite people to give us their feedback and ideas for features they'd like to see in the new EM-6.

While projects like this usually take longer to finish than we anticipate, we hope to introduce this ECU to the market in the 3rd quarter of 2018.

We also plan to offer free ECU upgrades to any SDS aviation customers who buy EM-5s in 2018. We know some people want to get flying sooner than the EM-6 release date but would also like to have the latest features down the road when they're available. This will be a win-win for those folks.

Additionally, to show our appreciation for all those already flying our aviation EM-4 and EM-5 ECUs prior to 2018 (including re-branded ones), we'll have a very economical upgrade path to the EM-6 available.
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http://www.sdsefi.com/aircraft.html
http://sdsefi.com/cpi.htm



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Old 01-21-2018, 03:38 PM
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End pieces and straps are 6061-T6, the threaded spigots are 7075-T6.

CNC production is humming now with more machines available. As of today, they've turned out 458 SDS parts since Jan. 2. Great job from Trevor and Howard.

You can see more info on the machined parts and production here: http://sdsefi.com/racetech.htm
Excellent!
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Old 01-21-2018, 03:45 PM
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I had a VF2
SL-20 (older with power tailstock)
Doosan MX-250 9 axis running esprit(4 live tools)
I loved that Doosan but had to send an operator to go to school to run it! Ouch!

Memories...
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Old 01-21-2018, 05:25 PM
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Any chance SDS will ever come out with a single pump unit like AFP? Iím needing a boost pump to replace my duke boost pump and just looking for options.
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