April 11, 2017
I decided that aircraft grade strobes are either too expensive or too cheesy. After I did a little bit of research I found Nova strobes. These are the kind of strobe systems that you would buy for an ambulance or police car. You can see their website at www.strobe.com.
I bought the X-Pak 904 power supply. I also got a couple of the little Hide-a-Flash heads and mounted them under the wing tips. You can see a picture of them here. For the tail I went with the normal (and expensive) combination strobe/position light from Whelen.
I mounted the power supply right behind the baggage compartment bulkhead on the left side of the fuselage. Photo.
I have not flown the system yet but I hooked up all the heads to the system and powered it up. The X-Pak did a great job of flashing the strobes. It has several patterns to choose from and you can even put switches on the panel to change the pattern if you wanted too. It has a low power mode that drops the total input power to about half of normal. The connectors on the Nova power supply are the same connectors that are on all the Whelen stuff so the interconnect is easy. The biggest question that I have gotten from people is whether there will be any interference with the radios. I asked the question of the engineers at Nova and was told that there should be no problem. You also have to remember that these are designed for police cars and ambulances, these guys rely on radios too. All in all I think I'll be really happy with this setup.
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