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    hi all

    What instruments are people fitting to light ssdr machines. Are you going with standard mechanical dial instruments, new fancy electronic stuff, or hang-glider type varios.

    What do you actually need, other than altitude? And what have you found that works well?

    Colin

  • #2
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    Airspeed is handy. Groundspeed is very useful.

    Mike

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    • #3
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      Vario for me when flying the half pint. Brauniger IQ ONE. Worked fine. Keys nice and big for gloved hands. Airways Airsports at Darley Moor were very helpful.

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      • #4
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        I also use the iq one but also have an airspeed sensor that plugs into it.

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        • #5
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          If its fixwing don't forget the humble piece of wool on the Lazair front strut, simple, cheap, reliable and light.
          Amazing what information it gives after a bit of practice, speed, turbs, lift, turn and slip, anti stall.
          Noise and vibration looks after the engine information
          Anything else would spoil the view!!!
          Mick Broom
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          • #6
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            I use para-motor instrument deck. It serves as baggage bag also You can place what ever set of instruments you need, or want for a flight

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            • #7
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              thanks guys, interesting stuff.

              i'll have look at the Brauniger IQ.

              john, how tough do you think the airspeed probe is for regular use?

              mick, what have you been using (other than string) to set the carb up, and sort out engine temps, on your machine?

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              • #8
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                If your aircraft is weightshift machine you don't need an airspeed indicator or probe (except for curiosity/checking). Your airspeed is set by the amount you push the bar out or pull it back.

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                • #9
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                  I had the probe as well. It's not bad however I took it off after I got used to the feel of the wing and flew by using "the force".

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                  • #10
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                    Same with fixed wing but speeds down to where the nose is pointing with less effort for old men.
                    This is backed up by the screaming from the struts for those who can still hear ;-)
                    Mick Broom
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                    • #11
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                      Colin,
                      EGT is the way to go for setting up the engine with a rev counter for performance and level flight with some means of seeing what petrol is left in the tank and you have it basically covered.
                      Fortunately both these instruments are cheap, light and self contained
                      Anything else is down to individual requirements of the engine and your comfort level and while I will instrument things I am trying out or do not have a track record I remove them when I have a solution or confidence.
                      I find they can distract, add weigh, go wrong and don't help. Hands up how many pilots were watching the EGT when the engine seized last, admit it you looked after it started making noises.
                      If its a new plane experience its nice to have a airspeed indicator as you explore the stall. approach and so on but very quickly you get a feel for the plane and somewhere in the back of your head speed is sorted so you don't need the speedo but if the plane has a nasty habit of inverting near the stall and throwing all the toys out and you only fly on the wifes birthday then keep the speedo!!
                      Mick Broom
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                      • #12
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                        The airspeed sensor does seem well built and accurate. I would however echo the views of Mike and Dom in that for a flexwing it's not really a necessity. I was curious as to the speed of my wing and a cheap sensor came up on ebay. I do still use it though, mainly because I've bought it so I may as well use it.

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                        • #13
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                          I have finally got around to installing something. As i'm from a microlight background rather than a paragliding etc, i've gone for some more familiar looking, the MGL airspeed and altimeter combined instrument.
                          So far it seems to work very well, and is lighter, smaller and cheaper than 2 mechanical gauges, and has the added bonus it logs flying time, so helps me keep some records.

                          Cheers

                          colin

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                          • #14
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                            That's a very tidy panel Colin. Nice work. :-)

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                            • #15
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                              i've installed a few more bits and bobs now, its starting to look a bit busy

                              colin

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