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Old 06-05-2019, 07:46 AM
bobnoffs bobnoffs is offline
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Default external lighting requirements

i am at the point of installing my vert stab and i had planned to install a strobe on the fairing on top of the stab. my wingtip strobes don't meet the requirement for visible from the rear. now i am wondering if the rudder fairing will block sight of this strobe.anyone have any thoughts on this? i guess the aft end of the fairing on the tailcone could be an option.
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Old 06-05-2019, 07:50 AM
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Default One thought........

A strobe mounted on top of the vertical stab will reflect off the top of the wings. Can be very annoying at night. Especially if wings are a light color.
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Old 06-05-2019, 08:21 AM
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I don?t believe the rudder faring would block the visibility. The RV4 & 6 showed the vertical stab as a possible location for a single strobe. Some used that spot but most used the wingtips as various strobe options came available and like Mel said there was some reflection off a low wing to be considered.
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Old 06-05-2019, 09:41 PM
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I decided to build a day VFR machine. Saved a lot of $ and simplified my build. It was also in grudging recognition of the effects of age on night vision.
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Old 06-06-2019, 05:13 AM
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For me, my lighting system is less for me to see at night but more for the million students we have around here to see me during the day ...
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by bobnoffs View Post
my wingtip strobes don't meet the requirement for visible from the rear.
Curious: Are you using wingtip lights other than the ones available with the kit? Those ones meet the requirements, so just wondering.
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