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Old 09-28-2016, 09:26 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.
But to legally fly at night, an anti-collision light must also be visible from above.
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Old 09-28-2016, 09:50 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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Old 09-28-2016, 11:33 PM
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I wanted a red beacon on my tail so I wouldn't have to have my strobes on blasting people around me at night while taxiing.
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Old 09-29-2016, 07:44 AM
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I have the ubiquitous Whelen 3 strobe system running off the single comet flash power supply. The wing tip positions provide 100% of the coverage requirement, and my third lamp (normally used in the tail) has a red lens and is on the belly. As many of you know, this power supply can be wired to run this third chanel independantly of the other two, so I use this single red strobe for ground ops, then add the wingtips when I enter the runway environment.

This configuration would be easy to duplicate with LED stuff too, of course.
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Old 09-29-2016, 08:50 AM
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http://sfsportaviation.com/index.php...&product_id=73

For $185 this looks like a drop-in for a single Whelan tail strobe on my RV-6 vertical stab top. I made it red forward to not reflect.

Might be same form factor, PSA from spruce. Use a toroid magnet clamp near the lamp on the positive lead, the PSA stuff I played with was noisy.

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Old 09-30-2016, 05:16 AM
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I put this Kunzelman Red LED flashing beacon on my cabin top. It does not bother me at night and I like not having to run the strobes on the ground at night. AIM 4-3-23 recommends turning on the rotating/flashing beacon any time an engine is running on the ground, so I turn mine on just prior to engine start. Alerts anybody around the airplane that an engine is running or about to be running. I have been called "old school" for installing this beacon, I am proud to say!
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Old 09-30-2016, 08:33 AM
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I put this Kunzelman Red LED flashing beacon on my cabin top. It does not bother me at night and I like not having to run the strobes on the ground at night. AIM 4-3-23 recommends turning on the rotating/flashing beacon any time an engine is running on the ground, so I turn mine on just prior to engine start. Alerts anybody around the airplane that an engine is running or about to be running. I have been called "old school" for installing this beacon, I am proud to say!
Can you share a picture of the installation?
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Old 09-30-2016, 06:31 PM
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Default Rotating Beacon

My Cessna 150 came with an incandescent bulb rotating beacon on the vertical stabilizer. When it died I replaced it with a Whelen comet flash strobe. Boy is it bright! I found in the limited night flying I did that it lit up the entire cockpit through the rear window, as well as the tops of the wing struts. I had to make a "baffle" to control where the light went to avoid this distraction.

I would caution against any kind of flashing (red) light on the top of the VS on an RV for night flying. Distracting doesn't even begin to cover it. You'll be reaching for the switch to turn it off.

For my RV-9A I'm going with the Whelen 3 light strobe kit, one in each wingtip and one aft facing on the rudder.
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Old 09-30-2016, 07:45 PM
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I also wanted a red beacon on the tail for ground operations. My version uses a Whelen LED unit meant for emergency vehicles: http://www.rv7blog.com/2012/10/28/red-beacon/







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Old 09-30-2016, 09:34 PM
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Very nice Matt. Great solution.
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