(Another AirBike Modification)
|Among several reasons for making modifications to my plane, one is to increase safety.|
|Most of my flying is in the Wichita, Kansas metropolitan area and surrounding communities that have lots of air traffic from the three major airports of McConnell AFB, Mid-Continent Airprt and Jabara Airport.
Additionally there are runways from the aircraft companies, numerous small town airports and a host of private grass fields that add to the air traffic congestion.
It is neat to see other planes while I am flying and I like to be seen by them.
|The goal of this project article is to install the anti-collision light in each wingtip immediately forward of the navigation light as shown here.|
|Typically when flying my slow-moving AirBike, I fly with the plane's white tail mounted strobe flashing and the headlight turned on to improve my visibility. It is surprising how quickly a Beechcraft King Air or Cessna single engine propeller driven test plane can invade my field of view. Consequently, my head is constantly on a swivel when flying in the Wichita area.|
|I have never had a problem avoiding other aircraft but always felt there were additional measures I could take to improve my visibility. Recently an opportunity presented itself when a friend gave me two personal emergency strobe lights such as those worn by prepared people in distress situations.
The descriptions and photos below explain how I adapted two personal emergency strobe lights into my plane's wingtips to act as anti-collision lights. You can do the same with a couple hours of work and less than $60 of components. The first photo shows the modified and assembled unit.
|Powered by a single D-sized battery, this personal strobe is claimed to provide continuous operation for 48 hours and be visible for three miles. It can be purchased online from either of these two sites:
1) Landfall Company at http://www.landfallnavigation.com/-seso1.html selling strobe P/N #SESO1 for $25 each
2) MREdepot.com and click on Radios, Flashlights & Power. It sells theirs for $17.00.
It may be available at your local sporting goods store also, it is worth checking it out.
|This exploded view shows all the parts that comprise the total unit: single-throw, single-pole toggle switch (from Radio Shack), 24" of wire, strobe unit and battery.|
|Modified stock personal emergency strobe light.|
|Tail mounted strobe is hard wired into the generator. It is always on.|