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Old 09-28-2016, 06:09 PM
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Default Rotating Beacon - ideas?

I want to put a rotating beacon on the vertical stab. Has anyone else worked out a solution? There is no suitable hole for wiring in the tip rib. I'm guessing a 1/4" hole wouldn't be a big problem, maybe open up one of the tooling holes. Not knowing what the rest of the structure looks like, I'm guessing one would have to route the wiring down between the forward and rear VS spar. I'm thinking I should put some cable ties on the rearward surface of the front spar.

Here is a closeup of what it looks like after it's completed:
http://rv-14a.blogspot.com/2013/08/e...t-ordered.html

Has anyone else done this?

Thanks,

Chris

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Old 09-28-2016, 06:18 PM
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I have never seen this done on an RV. This is a throwback for slow airplanes when economical LED strobes where not an option.

Good strobes are, in my opinion, a better option than putting this ugly drag monster on your plane.

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Old 09-28-2016, 06:21 PM
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If you really wanted a red beacon, I'd find a low-drag LED one that pulses instead of physically rotating.

One thing you could look at is emergency vehicle lighting--just before I left the fire department we got some vehicles with little round red LED lights that were really bright and visible from a long way away. But you really don't want one of those soup-can-sized beacons.
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Old 09-28-2016, 06:55 PM
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Default LED of course

Sorry, I should not have used the "old-school" term. I don't mean an actual physical device, but a modern, low drag, low current, LED-type beacon. There are several manufactures of such devices, I've seen some of the vendors at Oshkosh.

My question was more about how to route the wires, etc.

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Old 09-28-2016, 06:58 PM
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I have never seen this done on an RV. This is a throwback for slow airplanes when economical LED strobes where not an option.

Good strobes are, in my opinion, a better option than putting this ugly drag monster on your plane.

Carl
So true, Carl. I kinda botched the question. Of course, I don't mean an actual old-school "drag monster" (love the term!) but something modern, small, lightweight, low-current and low-drag. Sorry
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Old 09-28-2016, 06:59 PM
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I glassed in an Aveo MiniMax red LED strobe in the VS cap. The cap is removable because my V/LOC antenna is also up there. The wiring for this was run through a small pvc pipe that I prosealed in the leading edge of the VS after it was completed.
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Old 09-28-2016, 07:07 PM
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Keep in mind that if you intend to fly at night, a beacon on the vertical stabilizer will annoyingly light up the top of your wings.
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Old 09-28-2016, 07:12 PM
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Keep in mind that if you intend to fly at night, a beacon on the vertical stabilizer will annoyingly light up the top of your wings.
Yes, I do fly at night and I certainly intend to in my RV. What do other folks do on RVs that are used for night flying?
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Old 09-28-2016, 07:16 PM
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Yes, I do fly at night and I certainly intend to in my RV. What do other folks do on RVs that are used for night flying?
The 3 kit-standard strobes satisfy the anti-collision light requirement. And they don't shine anywhere where it would annoy you.
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Old 09-28-2016, 08:22 PM
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The best place for a beacon on an RV is on the belly, not on the tail... it won't shine in the cockpit if it is on your belly, it is also easier to install and wire it on the belly.
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