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Old 06-02-2018, 10:25 AM
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Default Tail Strobe Wire Route

What is the routing for the wires to the tail strobe? Specifically the last few feet exiting the tail cone to the rudder and rudder fairing where the light lives?

With the tie down piece right there where are you drilling the exit how and then entry into the fairing, just a straight through to minimize movement or?


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Old 06-02-2018, 10:32 AM
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I just drilled a hole for the correct size snap bushing in the tail post, and the rudder front spar, cut a small horizontal slot in the rounded front of the rudder and lined it with caterpillar grommet.

If you used nutplates for the lower fairing, it makes installation of the wiring much easier.
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Old 06-02-2018, 11:01 AM
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Old 06-02-2018, 11:11 AM
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Old 06-02-2018, 11:26 AM
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If you are going for the advanced avionics that most of us seem to be using, anything with a magnetometer, don't use the airframe ground (that's for a position light anyway, not a strobe). I made up a cable for the tail light and my rudder trim and let it drop into the bottom fairing (caterpillar grommet on the fairing edge to prevent chafing) to a CPC attached horizontally to the rudder root rib. Don't let it dangle and remember to put a drain hole in the bottom of the fairing. Yes, my -10 isn't flying but my -6A has a similar, if simpler, setup for the tail position light.
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Old 06-02-2018, 02:40 PM
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I just followed Van's OP-56 construction drawing for my RV-10 tail position & strobe lights. Since I'm using a LED lights for position & strobe lighting, and following the vendor's recommendation regarding use of shielding wiring, I hope it will be fine. I'm not finished yet, so haven't flown to find out.
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