HOW TO SEE OVER YOUR COWL EASILY

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HOW TO SEE OVER YOUR COWL EASILY

Postby av8rps » Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:15 am

(I just posted this on the Kitfox forum. But knowing the Highlanders and Super STOLS suffer from forward visibility too, I wanted to share it here also. In fact, we should spread it across the internet so it helps the entire community. So please feel free to share the idea with others you know)

I've had an idea for a few years now but keep forgetting to share it. So here goes;

This morning I was enjoying one of Trent's great videos on You Tube and heard him talking about how impossible it is to see forward when on the ground in his Kitfox due to big tires, extended gear, and the round cowl. That jarred my memory to share my idea of how we can easily gain forward visibility on airplanes that have poor or none forward visibility (remember a few years back where a TBM Avenger taxied "through" a RV-6 at OSH because the TBM had no forward visibility...) Tragic accidents like that don't have to happen. We are in the 20th century.

We need to utilize digital camera video technology to help us see what is in front of us. Why not mount a small camera high in the cabin that shows what you can't see at eye level? Or mount it in or under the cowl, under the gear, out on a wing strut, etc, etc. Anywhere that would give you a view that you otherwise wouldn't have. Then tie that video to a screen somewhere in the plane that you can easily see, like your Dynon, Garmin, an I-pad, or if you have to, even your smart phone. There are also readily available cheap Bluetooth cameras with apps that work with phones and tablets if you don't have a glass panel to tie into.

So we have all these cameras all over and in our plane that give us these mega-cool videos, but we still can't see what is in front of us when we are on the ground? We need to make better use of that technology.

I'm willing to bet this one silly little idea could save a lot of people from having accidents. But as far as I know, no one is doing it.

So maybe the Kitfox community could show the rest of the world how to do it, and help create a safety trend in aviation that is way over due.

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Re: HOW TO SEE OVER YOUR COWL EASILY

Postby SheepdogRD » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:22 pm

It's an excellent idea, and there's a SuperSTOL using it. Check out this picture (taken by Paul Alan) of the panel in N762TX, a Titan-powered SSXL, and note the taxicam image in the Dynon display.

N762TX-5.jpg

The taxicam is mounted high on the left wing strut. You can just see it in this Paul Alan picture:

N762TX-1.jpg

N762TX belongs to Hubert Davis of San Antonio, TX. He had it at the Just Plane Fun Fly-In last weekend, where we got to see the taxicam in action.
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Re: HOW TO SEE OVER YOUR COWL EASILY

Postby AV8R Paul » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:30 am

Richard, I must admit Hugh’s SuperSTOL XL is a beautiful bird. I saw it both in Walhalla, and also at Hondo. It was inspiring to see it at the Texas STOL Roundup, considering I just got back from Walhalla and Travelers Rest. I finally bit the bullet, and ordered my own SuperSTOL XL Kit.
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Re: HOW TO SEE OVER YOUR COWL EASILY

Postby moving2time » Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:01 am

If you go to the first forum on this web site, "Tacked Picture...", "Strasnuts" posted photos of his red Oratex covered SS with the in panel taxi video tied to a camera on his bird. It was posted in 2016. There is a photo of the taxi view on the Glass Panel installed in his panel. Looks good. It is a great idea but it has been out there for awhile now. I couldn't figure out how to post a link to his post. How do you guys do that? It's a nice tool. Joe B
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Re: HOW TO SEE OVER YOUR COWL EASILY

Postby SheepdogRD » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:48 pm

moving2time wrote:I couldn't figure out how to post a link to his post. How do you guys do that?

Go to the post you want to reference, and right-click on the title. Click on "Copy link address". Return to your post, click on the spot where you want the link, and click on the "URL" button. It will give you this: "[url]|[/url]" with your cursor blinking in the middle of it. Paste (Ctrl-V) the address you copied there.

The post you referenced comes up like this:

http://www.wingsforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=218&t=17021&start=120#p49091

You can do the same with an image. Right-click on the image and use that link address.
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Re: HOW TO SEE OVER YOUR COWL EASILY

Postby moving2time » Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:03 pm

Awesome, now that I have learned my one new thing for the day I can go home. Luckily it doesn't have to be relevant to work. "My Rules" Joe B
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Re: HOW TO SEE OVER YOUR COWL EASILY

Postby av8rps » Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:01 pm

Well, I'm impressed to see some already using a camera for forward visibility. I never saw that until it was pointed out here. But now that I see it in use, I really like it. I might do the same when I redo my Highlander panel.
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