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Old 12-28-2015, 10:11 AM
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My aircraft is mostly complete except for the avionics & power plant.
The aircraft will be completed to the E-LSA specs but certified E-AB. The reason for doing this is I later plan to make some small instrumentation changes for IFR. I'm not doing this to fly hard IFR but I will fly IFR in weather that I could fly VFR. For X-country I like IFR but that would be a problem for certified E-LSA. I've flown an RV-12 and in light IFR I would feel as comfortable in it as any other aircraft.
Has anyone done this?
Has anyone installed a VOR antenna?
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Old 12-28-2015, 10:53 AM
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This topic has been discussed/debated several times before. Search the forum for previous threads. As to the VOR antenna, yes I have seen it done.
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Old 12-28-2015, 11:24 AM
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If you're doing the EAB just for updating to IFR later (as in after the pink slip), you can still do that as an ELSA, as long as you do the updates after the pink slip.

That's what I plan to do.

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Old 12-28-2015, 01:46 PM
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My aircraft is mostly complete except for the avionics & power plant.
The aircraft will be completed to the E-LSA specs but certified E-AB. The reason for doing this is I later plan to make some small instrumentation changes for IFR. I'm not doing this to fly hard IFR but I will fly IFR in weather that I could fly VFR. For X-country I like IFR but that would be a problem for certified E-LSA. I've flown an RV-12 and in light IFR I would feel as comfortable in it as any other aircraft.
Has anyone done this?
Has anyone installed a VOR antenna?
How do you file for Light IFR?

Sorry, I couldn't help it.
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Old 12-28-2015, 02:24 PM
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I installed a Garmin SL30 in my previous 12 and mounted the VOR antenna on the bottom fiberglass tailcone and routed the wire through a snap bushing and forward through the fuselage. In that 12 I had the Dynon D180 system and used it's internal VOR/GS indicator and it worked very well. I did fly quite a few hours with foggles using that set up. My personal opinion is that the 12 is not a good IFR platform. It's too light, thus a bit too twitchy for ILS approaches. It would also need a heated pitot mast. The 12 is a great airplane, but is not designed or intended as an IFR platform. Just my opinion fellows.
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Old 12-28-2015, 03:15 PM
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My aircraft is mostly complete except for the avionics & power plant.
The aircraft will be completed to the E-LSA specs but certified E-AB. The reason for doing this is I later plan to make some small instrumentation changes for IFR. I'm not doing this to fly hard IFR but I will fly IFR in weather that I could fly VFR. For X-country I like IFR but that would be a problem for certified E-LSA. I've flown an RV-12 and in light IFR I would feel as comfortable in it as any other aircraft.
Has anyone done this?
Has anyone installed a VOR antenna?
I do not believe your statement regarding e-lsa is true. Once certified as an e-lsa (certificate in hand); you could change out to a certified GPS/nav....up date transponder... You could legally fly ifr....like you said, say a marginal approach at destination (would be nice to shoot a GPS approach).
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Old 12-28-2015, 03:31 PM
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How do you file for Light IFR?

Sorry, I couldn't help it.
Tony,

I've been vfr in the San Jose area (Reed Hillview airport) where I would have given anything to call approach control and request a GPS approach.....it was legally vfr, but not to my liking.

Light ifr.....is very subjective, would not on purpose punch into weather, but as noted above...to let down through a cloud base. I guess I don't see what all the fuss is about.
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Old 12-28-2015, 03:39 PM
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We have an SL30 with the VOR aerial mounted on the fin top rib. The fin tip is held on with #6 countersunk screws into anchor (plate) nuts.

The aerial base is mounted with screws into anchor nuts onto a simple top hat bracket rivetted to the top rib. Slots in the fin tip allow the aerial to pass out through the tip.

The aerial lead passes down through the fin leading edge rib lightening holes and forward through the fuselage. There is a BNC connector under the leading edge fin attachment bracket access panel to aid fin removal.

Works fine. Note, we are in the UK rules so our mod rules are different.
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Old 12-28-2015, 03:43 PM
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My aircraft is mostly complete except for the avionics & power plant.
The aircraft will be completed to the E-LSA specs but certified E-AB. The reason for doing this is I later plan to make some small instrumentation changes for IFR. I'm not doing this to fly hard IFR but I will fly IFR in weather that I could fly VFR. For X-country I like IFR but that would be a problem for certified E-LSA. I've flown an RV-12 and in light IFR I would feel as comfortable in it as any other aircraft.
Has anyone done this?
Has anyone installed a VOR antenna?
Here is a photo of my VOR antenna location:

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Old 12-28-2015, 05:22 PM
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I put mine in the same location, on top of the vertical fin.
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