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I spun a rivet on my rudder skin and am waiting for the replacement. Has anyone put a strobe and tail light on their 750? Would it be easier to install and wire before I rivet the skins? Any info will be much appreciated....pictures, type of lights, anything....thanks a bunch
Seems to me that rudder tail lights are becoming less popular - most of the wingtip LED nav/strobes also have a rear-facing white position light that serves the same purpose as the rudder light. I've used Aveo's "Powerburst" LED nav/strobe/rear position light for 6+ years and they work great.
My 750's Ed.1 fiberglass wingtips have a slight curvature in the mounting area, so I fabricated a flat aluminum mounting plate (clear coated) with a rubber gasket underneath to conform to the curvature. The mounting plate also doubles as a reflector to further enhance the strobe's flash:
I later beta-tested a pre-production skyBeacon ADSB which needed to be mounted forward of the wing to clearly receive the transponder squawk data (the current production model uses a different reception method and probably would work fine mounted directly on the wingtip). So, I incorporated the Powerburst's mounting plate into a custom mount I made for the skyBeacon and this has worked well:
The current production skyBeacon also incorporates a strobe, so this might be a consideration if you're considering ADSB-out. However, I don't think it has a rear position light. They do, however, make the "tailBeacon" ADSB-out for mounting on the rudder that does incorporate a rear position light:
(not affiliated with Aveo or uAvionix)
I did it on my 650 rudder after the rudder was complete. I purchased the LED tail light from Zenith with the thermoformed fairing. The hole you cut in the trailing edge of the rudder is large and I had no problem feeding the wire through the hole on the leading edge and hooking up the light. Took less than an hour.
Rudder-mounted tail-lights are indeed less popular now, but for those who still want one, Zenair offers this simple-to-install vacuum-molded tail-light fairing (P/N RUD-NAV):
For more info, scroll to the bottom of this page: http://zenair.weebly.com/fiberglass--plastic-parts.html
Note: Fits on trailing edge of all CH aircraft rudders.