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Old 09-27-2022, 02:48 PM
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Question Anti-Collision Beacon

I was recently made aware that my RV-4 is not night-legal. The plane has the position lights/wingtip strobes that are enclosed in the wingtip. The taillight has a Uavionix tailbeacon, so a white light, but no strobe. Since there is no strobe visible from the rear, I was told that makes the plane not legal for night ops. Makes sense.

So, now I'm considering adding top and bottom beacons. But I don't want some wart-looking thing sticking out from the fuselage. Any suggestions on faired, low-profile anti-collision beacons?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-27-2022, 03:05 PM
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Flyleds work great and are low profile.
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Old 09-27-2022, 03:22 PM
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So, now I'm considering adding top and bottom beacons. But I don't want some wart-looking thing sticking out from the fuselage. Any suggestions on faired, low-profile anti-collision beacons?
SuzieQ has wingtip strobes that house both red/green nav lights and rear-facing white light. The are the old Welen with the power box up front (like that weight up front). I may change them out; I might keep them. There are a BUNCH of options out there and they are getting more streamlined. I would not have something on the fuselage as that would be.......um........ugly.......wart-looking.....
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Old 09-27-2022, 04:50 PM
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This is what I have. Not following what you are suggesting.
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Old 09-27-2022, 05:08 PM
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You would be better off to remove the TailBeacon and install an echoUAT and an aft strobe/position light.
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Post #2 in this thread makes a suggestion for a strobe:

https://vansairforce.net/community/s...d.php?t=154301
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Old 09-27-2022, 05:27 PM
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You would be better off to remove the TailBeacon and install an echoUAT and an aft strobe/position light.
Vic Syracuse suggested this. Certainly a good option...maybe

Don't know what all would be involved in wiring that up, getting a strobe wire/power run out to the tail. I'm not the builder, not sure how big of a job this would end up being.
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Old 09-27-2022, 05:30 PM
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Post #2 in this thread makes a suggestion for a strobe:

https://vansairforce.net/community/s...d.php?t=154301
Is this what you're talking about?
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Old 09-27-2022, 05:57 PM
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This is what I have. Not following what you are suggesting.
I have the 90340 series on the external wing tip but that is NOT what I paid for the system. Whelen does make a tail strobe: 90111-02. It looks kinds boxy. Surely there is something better in the LED market....
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Old 09-27-2022, 06:28 PM
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I saw these:

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catal...7a0ba318bd6449

Now, I like the idea of separate strobes and beacons. I've never cared for the GA thing of turning strobes on in the chocks, and all the time. Being a former airline guy, that was considered poor form, especially at night, blinding people around you with flashing strobes. We turned on the strobes (all external lights, actually) when crossing runways, then off. Strobes were turned otherwise only when taking the active runway, takeoff or line-up-and-wait; turned off when you cleared the active after landing.

So, I'm way ok with anti-collision beacons for anytime the engine is running, strobes only used as I described above.
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