Assuming I get a full Pilots License and wish to fly the LSA CH-750 as a regular plane after the sun sets, I’d like to know where those of you who have equal ambitions plan to install your landing/taxi lights on the CH-750? Do folks even fly STOLs after hours as I don’t recall seeing them on the Zenith website on any of the CH-801 photos. With the fixed leading edge wing slat on the Zenith STOLs, it would be very difficult to install wing recessed landing light within the slat and if you managed it, how would it disrupted airflow during climbs or landings when the fixed leading edge wing slats come into play. I’m not sure if there is room for a small LED type landing light in the wing tip areas fixed foward on these planes or if the jarring from landings would have some adverse affect on the landing lights if it were placed on the front landing gear just above the wheel (I'm thinking this may be the best option, unless I hear of problems)? Could they be recessed in the cowling or hang from the struts? If anyone have any thoughts on this subject and have plans to install landing lights or have done so already on one of these STOLS, that doesn’t screw up the STOL characteristics or create a lot of drag, I love to hear what you have to say on this subject.


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Comment by Bob Simmons on January 26, 2020 at 11:02pm

I ordered LED lights with my kit several years back, but I believe those are just the nav lights/strobe. But since LED technology has advanced so much recently, I'll probably end up with something newer. As for landing lights, I'm planning on not installing the slats, so I'll probably get something to go in the leading edge. A light on the nose gear strut would essentially be limited to being a taxi light, though that's not necessarily a bad idea. Our new house and hangar construction should be finished in the next few months, and I hope to have everything settled in the hangar not long after that, so it probably won't be very long before I start researching exactly which LEDs I get and where I install them.

Comment by Mark Gravatt on January 25, 2020 at 9:32pm

With LEDs being inexpensive, light weight and low draw, I want to be the reason for the next Phoenix UFO sighting!

Comment by Mark Gravatt on January 25, 2020 at 9:30pm

On the strut...  which strut?

Check the nose gear strut.  I think that is where it is.  I like that it is steerable lighting.

Comment by Bob Simmons on April 22, 2010 at 9:19pm
Probably a lot easier than in the slats. There's already another forum thread going about these lights.
Comment by Jay Parker on April 22, 2010 at 5:40am
Looks like Zenith may have been working on recessed landing lights in the slats when I sent out this post. They look great too. I wonder how difficult it would be to recess those lights into the wing itself if I decide to go without slats and just use VGs?

Comment by Hank Optland on April 22, 2010 at 4:07am
I can't see it either
Comment by Bob Simmons on March 3, 2010 at 12:09pm
Rich, I must be blind. I've studied that picture three times and I still don't see lights on the strut.
Comment by Rich Bauer on February 26, 2010 at 5:36pm
I put my landing/taxi lights on the strut. See pic. I made a split bracket from 1/2" aluminum.

Comment by Bob Simmons on February 23, 2010 at 9:54pm
I've seen some aircraft with LED landing/taxi lights attached to the struts. That would probably be what I'd do.
Comment by Bob McDonald on February 19, 2010 at 11:28am
Check my Can-Zac Spycam photo album pictures. During construction, prior to painting I riveted and pre-drilled an heavy extruded "L" with A5 rivets to the spar attachment bracket for installing landing light on both wings. The lights are a high end HELLA driving lamps for automobiles. Very simple to install anf you can run the light wiring down the hollow strut and bring them into the fuselage with the brake lines.


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