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Old 03-16-2020, 03:20 PM
tg2@baymoon.com tg2@baymoon.com is offline
 
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Default landing light experience - single or dual?

Does anyone have in-flight experience with a single landing light? Does it give enough light?
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Old 03-16-2020, 04:13 PM
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Default Go duel if you can!!

Having flown in a chase plane yesterday while I watched my aircraft do its first flight, I can say without a doubt that the wig wag function on my RV-12iS is out standing, so bright and easy to see.
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Old 03-16-2020, 04:30 PM
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Definitely go with two. The wig wag is your best anti-collision device.
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Old 03-16-2020, 05:50 PM
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Always good responses from ATC over our dual lights, especially if we flip on the wig wags.
Where dual lights really stand out (if they are used in real night conditions) is in taxiing back to the hangar.
With only one light in the left wing for example, & it's really dark, the left side of the taxi way is really lit up. But if you have a right turn, it's like guessing where to fall off into a black hole.
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Old 03-16-2020, 06:18 PM
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Default more light is good

Thanks everybody for your replies.

The man at Vans said he flew the single-light version, and thought it would have been good to have more light.
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Old 03-16-2020, 07:05 PM
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I had a one landing light RV4, and it was ‘adequate’ to make a night landing, but just barely. From a collision avoidance perspective, it was inadequate. Now in my new RV4, I have two bright wing leading edge landing lights and from a ‘be seen’ point of view it is very good. My RV4 is green - like primer green (I didn’t build/paint it).... - and from above, I look like a wheat field in June. If it wasn’t for my wig-wag, very bright, landing lights, I’m stealth visually. When I’m in the traffic pattern, everyone can see me. That’s what I want.
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Old 03-16-2020, 07:46 PM
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The single landing light in my RV-12 is barely adequate for night landings, actually barely adequate for taxiing. No doubt, I'd opt for two ...
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Old 03-16-2020, 09:13 PM
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I’m doing a single landing light for my Rv6a, I am documenting
The process here.

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...d.php?t=180457
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Old 03-17-2020, 08:33 AM
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Default Highly recommend dual

Aside from the excellent wig-wagging, the extra light is great for night landing and navigating around a dimly lit airport.

Incidentally, here's those two lights in action during the morning commute.
Morning flight in the rain IFR in an RV-12
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Old 03-17-2020, 11:22 AM
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Default night flight video

Thanks for the great video!

- What display is that? (Looks great!)

- The landing lights seem bright from in the cockpit. Do they bother you? Have you thought about doing something so they wouldn't shine toward the pilot so much?
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