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Welcome to 2017

Wow, what a year 2016 was for Flyleds!

The staff at the post office now greet me by name and even remember our email address for tracking numbers.  We now sell boards to suit six different RV wing types, and have more plane types on the way.

Just some of the places we’ve posted our kits to:

Some verbatim feedback from only the last three months from our customers:

“Thank you Paul!  I appreciate your excellent customer service.”  L.M., California.

“I’ve been busy here soldering the LED’s, resistors, etc. to the boards. It’s fun! You save a lot of money, and boy are they bright! Excellent product.”  B.S., Oregon.

“Here’s a pic of the lights installed on my old style rv-6 wingtip.  Still some body work to do but the lights look and perform just great!!  Thanks so much for the excellent customer service!”  A.D., BC Canada.

“After the final install they work great… still have spots in my eyes.”  S.H., Ohio

“I’ve really enjoyed building these things.  First time for me building a circuit board.   You made it easy!”  P.G., Alabama

We look forward to adding your city to the map!


Some new products

We now supply wiring looms, either as a bundle of all of the parts you’ll need to DIY, or we can terminate the controller end plug for you using a crimped machined pin D15 connector.  You can also buy just the connector and pins, if you’d like to upgrade from the solder connector supplied in the kits.  Highly recommended!

We also have the versatile Carling 2-10 toggle switch in stock.  Control two functions on the one switch…

 


We’ve made the kit a little easier for you

A couple of customers have had issues with non-blinking lights, and invariably the problem has been not enough heat was used to mount the switching components under the controller board.  A simple reheat with the soldering iron and a little fresh solder fixes this problem.

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We have a reflow oven and solder paste here, so we thought we’d do it for you!  We now supply the controller boards with the surface mounted parts already soldered.  You still get to fit and solder all of the other components on the board, so we haven’t taken all the fun away…

 


Oshkosh Airventure 2016

UPDATE: Sorry folks, my plans were changed for me, and I won’t be going to Oshkosh. I had to have some surgery last Monday, and the doc grounded me for two weeks. There will always be next year! Now for the fun task of cancelling travel arrangements…

I’m excited to be going back to the USA for a visit, in particular to go to the Oshkosh Airventure airshow.  We won’t be there as exhibitors, but I will be there wearing a Flyleds t-shirt!

If you’re going to be there from Monday 25th July to Wednesday 27th, I’d be more than happy to put a Flyleds kit in my bag for you and bring it to the show.

Paul


Some vacation time

We will be on vacation for the last two weeks of June, so there will be a delay in the dispatch of your orders.  Our apologies in advance!  We will still be answering your emails over this time.

And then there’s only a few short weeks until Oshkosh in the last week of July.  Will I see you there?!


Introducing The Skinny!

Do you have landing lights already installed in your wingtips? Don’t want to move them? The Skinny will help you meet your strobe and position lighting requirements.

Used in place of the normal Flyleds forward-facing board, The Skinny is only one inch wide, as shown at the right of the picture.  With the connections and resistors tucked away inside the wing, it leaves plenty of room for your lights.

Supplied as the left and right PCBs only, as an optional upgrade to a Flyleds lighting kit. The components are supplied in the appropriate wing kit.  Check our Products page for more information.

 


RV-4/-6/-8 kits are here!

After a few delays with being delivered some red LEDs that produced 10 watts of heat for less than 1 watt of light…

…we have the kits ready!

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Even if you’re a Day VFR cruiser, having a few thousand lumens of lights in wigwag mode means that you are so much more visible to other traffic, both the feathered and the mechanical varieties…

 

 

A kit containing the metalwork and lens required to modify your wingtips is also on its way.  We’ve asked Vans to make a bulk order for us, as they are ready to discontinue the parts.

 


RV-4 and -6 builders: Would you like a Flyleds kit?

W415 3d (Mobile)

Van’s have a (cheap!) perspex and metalwork kit available to modify your wingtips, and we are in the process of making some boards to suit this kit.

 

The only problem is, Van’s have almost run out of stock and intend to obsolete the parts.  Please send us a message to say you’re interested in the kit, so that we can get an idea of numbers and hopefully convince them otherwise, or alternatively we’ll second source the components.

edit: The wingtip modifications required are detailed in this document:  RV4&6 WING TIP LENS KIT


W-715 Batwing boards are here!

Do you own an RV-7 or RV-8 with curved trailing edges on your wingtips?  You’d have W-715 fibreglass, which has a smaller light profile than the  newer W-715-1 wingtips.

We now have boards specifically for you!  Just select this board style on checkout.

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Thank you

Flyleds has had a rush of orders in the last month or so, which is a great affirmation to us that we must be doing something right.  Sales are literally taking off (sorry, I couldn’t resist!), after some chatter about us on the forums.  Time for us to restock!

As much as we love answering your questions before you buy, it’s also a buzz to see an order pop out of the blue into our inbox.

A big “Thank You for your business” goes out to all of our customers, past and future.


Merry Christmas!

Many thanks goes out to all of our customers so far.  We very much appreciate your business.

We’re taking a two week break over Christmas and New Year 2016, so there will be a small delay in shipping any new orders.

However, we will continue to answer your emails within 24 hours as usual.  Any questions, please ask!

Please have a safe holiday, unlike Paul, who’s just broken his arm…!


Stand-alone tail strobes now available

We’ve had a few requests for the tail strobe to be used as a stand-alone unit.  We liked the idea too, so a new product is born!

It comes with our unique mounting plate.  It has eight different flash patterns to choose from, and you can also ask us to program in custom messages to be flashed out in Morse code.  Just because!

We’ve even had an order from a pilot who put two of these units in the wings of his day-VFR aerobatics plane, so that he’s just that little bit more visible to others while he’s concentrating on not  flying straight and level…

An information sheet is available here.

Don’t forget to tell us your tail number and your custom message, so that we can program the blink patterns in for you.

 


RV-9 boards now available!

RV-9 builders are now catered for with a new, smaller, custom fit board made just for you!

Just select “I’m building an RV-9” when you order, and we’ll send you the right parts.


Feedback from a kit builder

Assembly went well, I finished the left side and the power supply yesterday.  My daughter will solder the right side sometime this week.  You weren’t kidding when you mentioned only using a 9v battery to test.  Those things are bright!”  (JM, North Carolina)


Some quick demo videos

Alas, my camera just can’t cope with the brightness changes, or keep up with the flashes!

The strobes are actually set for four flashes each time.


The Benchmark

Thanks must go out to a blogger for publishing his thorough analysis of a certified LED strobe product from a big name company.  He verified our thoughts that there were also some other products out there that weren’t even bright enough to put on the back of a bicycle these days, let alone an aeroplane.

The figures he derived from this analysis became the minimum goals for light output for our product.


Welcome to FlyLEDs!

Hi.  My name is Paul, and welcome to FlyLEDs!

I’ve spent the last few years helping a friend to build his Van’s RV-10.  He wanted to use LEDs for the strobes and position lights.

The design brief from him was pretty simple: “I want to be seen!

The target light output was to be the same as or better than a certified LED product, as seen fitted to a Cessna Citation business jet.

I set about researching other designs, and after picking myself up off the floor upon seeing the prices, I came up with this design.

The prototypes have flown for more than 100 hours.  After getting several requests for a set of lights from other owners, I’ve sourced the parts in bulk, had quality custom boards made, and ordered a factory run of LEDs.

 

So now you can have a set too!