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    Default Beacon location?

    Other than the belly or top of the rudder, where else have you seen them mounted?

    I like the belly for aesthetics but I donít think itís as noticable as on top of the rudder. Hoping for a solution for both looks and function

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    Default Re: Beacon location?

    I saw them mounted at a sideways angle on the top fuselage. This position is not esthetic.

    Except at night, I find a beacon hardly noticeable regardless of the mounting location. Only strobelights will catch some attention.

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    Default Re: Beacon location?

    Speed, what is the current beacon installation on your plane now?
    I assume no beacon is installed, correct?
    My Tri-Pacer has a triple-flash strobe installed on top of the rudder, it is very visible in flight, but its a draggy installation, requires the mounting stub to be there (sometimes it's not) and it would be very difficult to fish the wiring thru if the rudder was covered.
    The belly strobe is an easier install, but not great visibility from ahead/above, and also draggy.
    I agree along the fuselage spine is fugly and draggy.
    The modern, integrated nav-position LEDs with strobe function are very visible and add no appreciable drag to your plane, and depending on what wires are already there, might be easy to install.
    SkyBeacon and the matching opposite nav light would solve your problem and add ads-b OUT, for about $2500.

    Good luck.


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    Default Re: Beacon location?

    My airplane is in pieces, but it was on the belly. I will likely be using Whalen goodies, so strobing tail and nav lights on Stewart’s wing tips. I do feel that is enough, but more wouldn’t hurt. Maybe just stick with the belly?

    I did see a cub with it up too on the fuse, but it was symmetrical and didn’t look good in my opinion.

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    Default Re: Beacon location?

    https://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgAdvisoryCircular.nsf/0/94d4758b3f48035186256bf40064457d/$FILE/AC%2020-30B.pdf gives all the requirements for mounting anti collision lights.


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    Default Re: Beacon location?

    If you install modern LED strobe/position lights, and a quality LED landing light, there will be no issue with being seen day or night, assuming other traffic has the head up and not busy futzing with avionics and iPad gadgets.

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    Default Re: Beacon location?

    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Geller View Post
    and not busy futzing with avionics and iPad gadgets.

    Yaaa, good luck with that
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    Default Re: Beacon location?

    I've got one mounted on the belly and also one on the top fin. If someone runs into me, they've gotta be blind.

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    Default Re: Beacon location?

    Quote Originally Posted by J Ryd View Post
    I've got one mounted on the belly and also one on the top fin. If someone runs into me, they've gotta be blind.

    Jan
    or most likely playing their synthetic vision and profile view rather than looking out the window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilbert Pierce View Post
    or most likely playing their synthetic vision and profile view rather than looking out the window.
    yep. I second that.

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