Scott - they are very low on brightness unlike the whelens or others which use a magnifying lens, but cheap.I used the Kuntzelman strobes. Xenon brightness and only about $200.00 for the base unit and two wingtip lights.
AFAIK there are no rules for day VFR for strobes - not required but anything that makes you more 'visible' to other aircraft IMO is good.Hi all,What's the rule regarding wing tip and tail strobes? Are they mandatory under VH and RAA registrations, or just a preferred option?
Hi Gareth,Hi all you aircraft builderswhat type of wing tip strobe lights are used for your projects ,any info appriciated
They got a write-up in this months Sport Pilot Magazine so you might have missed the bus on the sales commission anyway.PS, No,. . . . I don't get a commision . . . I just have a curry with the guy once a week !!
I think you should ask yourself, why do you want wing tip strobe lights ?Hi all you aircraft builderswhat type of wing tip strobe lights are used for your projects ,any info appriciated
While I agree that often you can't see the flashing lights until you see the rest of the aircraft I still work on the principle that you should have a bit of everything working for you.I think you should ask yourself, why do you want wing tip strobe lights ?As a day VFR aircraft/pilot (Australia) you are not required to have them.
(Please Note: my comments on enhanced visibility expectations relate to day VFR conditions - poor visibility, dawn/dusk are not day VFR)
There is little evidence that strobes significantly improve the "visibility" of a flying aircraft for the pilot of another flying aircraft.
Seen from the ground, strobes would seem to increase the visibility of an airborne aircraft.
The addition of strobes adds complexity to your aircraft systems for little benefit other than bragging rights.
LED's certainly give similar performance to older technology lighting systems at a fraction of the current draw, less weight and potentially much longer service life.
Any off the shelf ,compact, streamlined, LED system, that will give similar light output performance to older systems, will start from about $1,200 Au (non certified).
The addition of any system(s) that bring questionable benefit to aircraft performance and/or safety should be viewed with a large dose of scepticism.
(A good transceive,concise timely & informative radio communication will do a lot more for your aircraft safety and standing as a pilot )
I would not discount wing strobes so easily as some seem to do in this thread. Safety is often made of many components and layers: strobe lights are just one potential safety factor. Even if one in-flight incident could be avoided by someone else seeing the flashing LED, it will be all worth it.While I agree that often you can't see the flashing lights until you see the rest of the aircraft I still work on the principle that you should have a bit of everything working for you.