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Offline Reb Wallace

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« on: August 04, 2007, 12:17:43 PM »
any varieze drivers out there know the best place to put elt in a varieze is back of front seat acceptable even though it is not laying flat. :?:

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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2007, 08:19:14 AM »
The ELT has to be placed parallel to the longitudinal axis with the arrow facing forward.  I can't see it being placed on the back of the front seat unless you have a bracket to make it lay flat---then it would be kind of sticking out weird.
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2007, 11:33:06 AM »
I have my ELT laying on the passenger floor behind the pilots seat...itakes up precious leg room in my Varieze, but it's the only place left to put it!
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2007, 01:42:41 PM »
Depends on the ELT.  The EBC ELTs have an integral antenna that is ideal for the Eze - I had one installed under the rear seat thigh support (a complete thigh support & "locker", with a hinged lid for extra storage), with the antenna flexed up and secured along the left inner fuselage wall.  My current ELT (Airtex) is installed on a structural hardpoint on the underside of the centersection spar (no holes through the sparcaps, mind you...), with a 121.5 and 243 MHz combo copper foil antenna integrated into the airframe (again, on the left fuselage side inner wall).  IMO, this location on the airframe is probably the most-likely to remain intact in an off-airport landing (having deadsticked a VEZ into a hayfield 9 years ago).
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2007, 10:12:55 AM »
My ELT, like Joe Person's, is on the floor of the passenger's
compartment.   It is large and the wrong shape but I put it on
the left side under the seat.   It is securely attached but I will
go back and reinforce the attachment.

The antenna is inside the spar.   In case of a crash, those 2 spots
are the most likely to survive IMHO.    :D

Bruce Hughes   :)
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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2007, 06:56:27 PM »
Mine is under the forward thigh support. The thigh support was built with a top lid.
The antenna goes forward through the left oval hole in the lower instrument panel bulkhead and aligns against the left nose wheel well wall and the left NG30 (they trap the nose gear crank.) It is secured to those two surfaces. The tip of the antenna goes just forward of the left pedal. The antenna is not disturbed by the pedal or the transient clodhopper.
This locaton meets the desired positioning and allows access to the ELT switch through the oval hole.
IMOH, in the event of an off field landing, this particular location will experience adequate disturbance from the event or the pilot to activate the signal.
Bill James, Fort Worth VariEze N95BJ
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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2007, 07:40:00 PM »
Hi Bill

If you have a really bad crash, your ELT may be destroyed
along with you.   The passenger may survive and not have
a functioning ELT......

I am glad that mine is in the back.   :D

Bruce Hughes :)
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2007, 07:18:31 PM »
looks like it will go in the back in passenger compt. will put antenna on back of rollover structure. thanks everyone for the input. will see  you in Kanab if my propeller ever gets here. :lol: