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Old 12-28-2015, 09:03 PM
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I put my VOR/GS cat whiskers in the same spot, butI haven't been able to get a good signal yet. I'm not sure what's going on, but I'll figure it out at annual.

To me "light IFR" means IFR in VMC in congested airspace or marginal VFR.
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Old 12-29-2015, 12:47 AM
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You need some better advice! Do NOT NOT NOT go EAB instead of ELSA for the reason you mention in the original post!!!

See this thread.
http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...d.php?t=122599
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Old 12-29-2015, 05:07 AM
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I am also interested in getting my aircraft into IFR (light) for the reasons outlined above. Agree that it isn't a great IFR platform - rather twitchy - and I would never consider flying it in difficult IFR conditions, but it is soooo much easier flying in the IFR system compared with VFR. I had forgotten how much work is involved in flying VFR!

Is anybody running a heated pitot with the standard Rotax alternator? Spruce has 7 amp heated pitots (most are usually 10 amp) - seems like the Rotax might just handle it if everything else is kept to a minimum.

I had read about the alternator that bolts on the back of the engine - looked like it would easy to fit and a good solution, although pricey. However, I have just contacted Sportair who advise they are no longer available because they had become too expensive. I'm waiting on further advice to find out whether manufacturing has ceased altogether, or whether it's a case of Sportair no longer stocking them because of the cost.

Any other thoughts on fitting an external alternator? I understand there is one available that fits to the back of the gearbox but I suspect the airbox might get in the way on the 12, unless it is smaller than I imagine.
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Old 12-29-2015, 07:39 AM
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I am also interested in getting my aircraft into IFR (light) for the reasons outlined above. Agree that it isn't a great IFR platform - rather twitchy - and I would never consider flying it in difficult IFR conditions, but it is soooo much easier flying in the IFR system compared with VFR. I had forgotten how much work is involved in flying VFR!

Is anybody running a heated pitot with the standard Rotax alternator? Spruce has 7 amp heated pitots (most are usually 10 amp) - seems like the Rotax might just handle it if everything else is kept to a minimum.

I had read about the alternator that bolts on the back of the engine - looked like it would easy to fit and a good solution, although pricey. However, I have just contacted Sportair who advise they are no longer available because they had become too expensive. I'm waiting on further advice to find out whether manufacturing has ceased altogether, or whether it's a case of Sportair no longer stocking them because of the cost.

Any other thoughts on fitting an external alternator? I understand there is one available that fits to the back of the gearbox but I suspect the airbox might get in the way on the 12, unless it is smaller than I imagine.
Governor, do you want to take this one?
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Old 12-29-2015, 08:45 AM
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Please be aware that it is not necessary to go EAB for the reason of going IFR. An ELSA may be flown in IMC if properly equipped and flow by a qualified pilot.
The VFR restriction is for Sport Pilots and not necessarily related to the aircraft.
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Old 12-29-2015, 12:34 PM
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Here is a photo of my VOR antenna location:

[IMG][/IMG]

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ah, come on, give me a photo of the rest of the plane!

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Old 12-29-2015, 06:48 PM
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Here is a photo of my VOR antenna location:

[IMG][/IMG]

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Would love to see rest of paint job.....looks cool.back side
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Old 12-29-2015, 07:44 PM
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Would love to see rest of paint job.....looks cool.back side
Bob & Ric, thanks for the interest. Sorry about the thread hijack.

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Here was the inspiration:

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Old 12-30-2015, 10:45 AM
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Governor, do you want to take this one?
Here is a post from 2012 for my external Alt. There is large amount of customization from hoses, to fiberglass work switching the air intake, and wireing. I have a VPX that manages the 40 amp alt and uses the Rotax as a backup.

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...&highlight=alt
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Old 11-02-2018, 12:38 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.
Van's appears to have located the cat whisker antenna in the same location on their RV-12iST. Does anyone have a recommendation on a specific antenna and/or pictures of how they mounted it?

I know some builders locate these antennas at the base of the rudder but in my experience they are a pain in the butt down there as you're tying the plane down and so on. I need to make some quick decisions here as I start into my VS.
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