“The Works” landing light kits are now available for the RV-10, RV-14, and RV-7 and -8s with W-715-1 wingtips, which came with Van’s kits younger than ten or so years old.
RV-9 and earlier “batwing” customers, we haven’t forgotten about you. Watch this space!
We are also developing a new controller board. It will wigwag the landing lights as well as the strobes… You will be seen coming for miles!
The view out the window at the Flyleds world headquarters:
New feature: The controller board will also allow the strobes to act as taxi lights.
Flyleds: your One Stop lighting solution for your RV!
We get so many requests for landing lights to go in the wingtips with the Flyleds kit. The Skinny Kit was designed to answer that request, and it has proven to be very popular. But still we get asked!
Currently in development… watch this space! We’re aiming for a May release.
Please say “Hi” via email if you’d like to be added to the notification list.
We have made a Flyleds kit to suit W415 wingtips that has been fitted with a modification kit from RMD Aircraft Lighting.
It will drop into place where the original cover plates went. Our customer pictured below chose to change their PAR-36 light with an aftermarket LED product at the same time.
Select RV-4/6/8 LG when you place your order!
The idea of having ‘navs’ or position lights on your plane is so that other aircraft can see you coming, and work out appropriate evasive action if required.
The big question is, how far away do you want to be seen from?
We took a Flyleds demonstration kit to the Oshkosh fly in this year. In the photo below, the Flyleds demo box is sitting on the ground below the wing of the plane. The plane has another ($$$) LED product fitted to the wing. The Flyleds box is admittedly both the red and green LEDs in the one small area, but as you can see, our phone camera just couldn’t cope with the brightness and has called it white light (it was otherwise pitch black). There is a ghost image of the Flyleds box near the wing root caused by lens flare that shows that this is the position lights only, and not the strobes in operation.
So, which would you prefer to be; invisible or visible to others?
We’re coming over to experience the spectacle that is Oshkosh Airventure 2017! I’m looking forward to meeting some of our previous customers (and hopefully shake hands with some new ones!) at the various social events being organised on Vansairforce.net.
Our hangar mate Peter has almost finished his RV7. We love how he’s painted the Flyleds board to match the rest of the awesome metal flake paintjob on his wing. As per usual, it’s impossible to take a meaningful photo of the boards when the lights are on. The camera just can’t cope!
More pictures to follow when the plane is ready!
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.” Lyle, 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.” Bruce, 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!” Alex, BC Canada.
“After the final install they work great… still have spots in my eyes.” Scott, Ohio
“I’ve really enjoyed building these things. First time for me building a circuit board. You made it easy!” Paul, Alabama
We look forward to adding your city to the map!
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…
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.
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…
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.
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?!
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.
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!
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.
With thanks to my son James for his fine editing skills!
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