Sunday July 9th, 2006|
More Misc. Wiring
I haven't been updating the site really...but I've been working on the plane. There's just nothing exciting to report. I'm just pulling wires, etc which makes for very boring updating and very boring reading. Anyway...here you can see that my switches are filling up rather quickly. I've pulled wires for the landing light, taxi light and strobes and ran power from the fuse buses to the switch panel for each item.
Here you can see how I'm running the taxi light (landing light is ran the same way on the other side). I pulled the wire down the front of the spar, through the weldment and center section and then out the wing root. It's terminate there for now. Yes, I'm using wing root disconnects. I'm going to be using a sealed Molex connector that I saw in a Waytech wire catalog. I'll post more on that when I have them.
One undecided thing here is if I'm going to run grounds for all the lights all the way back to the firewall. Many people say that it's overkill to do so...that lights are just resistive loads and there's no compelling reason to add all the weight and hassle of the extra ground wires. I'm not so sure. I may play it on the safe side and run them anyway (it can't hurt). We'll see.
And here are my buses filling up rather quickly. In the interest of keeping the total load on the e-bus down, I'm only putting the landing light and the position lights on tyhe e-bus. I'll be able to turn both of those off if I need to. During the day they won't be on anyway...so it won't matter.
At night, I see those as the absolute minimium required. Remember: in an emergency, a pilot may DEVIATE from any regulation if he/she decides it is necessary for the safe completion of the flight -- to me that includes flying without strobes at night in case of alternator failure.