A: Legally you do not need any lights to fly from sunrise to sunset, however, if you want to fly during the period known as “Civil Twilight” (1/2 hour before sunrise & ½ hour after sunset), you will need the following.
(a) For an ultralight operating under FAR 103; an anti collision strobe light that is visible for 3 stature miles.
(b) For an “N numbered aircraft”, covered under FAR 91.209; lighted position lights and an anti collision light system that meet other FAA regulations.
A: Yes, the strobe driver will fire any of our Magnum strobe heads. The LED position lights part of the Combo heads uses 12 volts of DC power and is not connected to the strobe driver box.
A: Yes, the Magnum & Combo systems meet the requirements in FAR 23.1391, 1393, 1395, 1397, and 1401. The SC103 meet FAR103.
A: All of our systems can be powered by 12/14 volts DC. The SMART STROBE drivers can also be powered by an AC/DC of 12 to 100 volts.
A: The Hot Box is a self-contained primary wiring system. It has everything needed to connect your starter and lighting coil equipped engine electrically with the rest of the aircraft. It will not only simplify the wiring process, but will aid in trouble shooting down the road.
Q: I am shopping for an LED landing light and see that some
manufactures rate theirs in “LUMENS”, what are lumens?
or lumens per watt is a rating of an LED given by the led manufacture.
It is usually determined at the maximum voltage & current allowable
under perfect conditions for the led being tested.
When connecting multiple LEDs into an array, such as in a light fixture,
it is not accurate to use the sum of the rating for each LED as a brightness
figure. Light angle,
style of lens, voltage drop and current across each LED will determine the
effective brightness and should be measured in “LUX” or FC (foot candles).
It should be measured at a given distance with a light meter.
I like to use this scenario; Horsepower (Lumens) related to SPEED (Lux or
FC) is like a race car and a farm tractor having the same horsepower, but the
speed will be quite different. So, when shopping for a landing light, GO FOR
SPEED (Lux /FC) readings for comparing.
MOUNTING KIT FOR COMBO HEADS ON TRIKE WING TIPS.
Kuntzleman Electronics is now offering a revised TRIKE wing tip mounting kit for our streamline COMBO strobe and LED position light heads. Due to the many different configurations of TRIKE wing tips it became necessary for us to make an adapter kit that would work on them. To meet FAR 23.1391, 1393 and 1395 proper position light angle must be followed. Because of the swept back angle of the spar on a trike wing, the mounting angle of the head is important. This new kit (KE part # TRK-MT) will supply the additional parts necessary to go with the Double Dual Magnum Combo strobe system KE part # DDM-SLC). The kit includes special adapter plates hardware and instructions for mounting to NORTH WING and AIRCREATION wings.
Double Dual Magnum 12vdc, Smart DDM Strobe and the Single Magnum Smart Strobe systems.
Noise in Radio and/or Intercom
Our strobe driver units are designed with filtering and internal shielding to keep radio interference to a minimum, however occasionally noise will be heard over the radio or intercom. This noise is almost always caused by the way the systems have been installed.
One must remember that noise does not always come from the power that is being supplied to your equipment. Especially if the radio has it's own power source (battery ) and the strobe is powered by the aircraft battery. Installations vary greatly from aircraft to aircraft. Do both systems share the same power source? Is there an external antenna? How close is the antenna, radio, wires, etc. to the strobe driver box and wiring? If both systems are not sharing the same power, then where is the common thread? In most, if not all cases the problem is GROUNDING. The ground path is very, very important. The strobe circuit draws high current through the ground circuit. The radio, intercom, head set and mic circuits use that same ground so it is important that there is NO voltage drop between where all these grounds are connected. In other words lets say the strobe driver is getting negative battery or ground from a bus near the battery that is also grounded to the metal frame of the aircraft. The ground plane for the radio antenna is connected to the aircraft frame further back near the tail and the radios are grounded near the cockpit to a screw in the frame. This array of connections can be a source of noise. The following list is intended to help in eliminating noise.
NOTE: This list has been derived from the fixes that have worked for others. If you find something new please let us know and yours will be added to help someone else.
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