Posted: 12/4/2010 22:53:42
Can somebody give me some advice on a good inexpensive inclinometer for my Sonex ELSA? Belite has one that looks interesting with a moving light for about $60.00. I see some people have built there own. Is that a good or bad idea?
Thanks for any info.
Edward Perkins, EAA member, Sonex #371
Posted: 12/6/2010 09:09:46
I am curious...what is your intent with this kind of device? Are you looking for Angle of Attack indication or more of an Artificial Horizon type of indicator?
Posted: 12/6/2010 13:52:02
I found it Ed.
I knew there was an article in Sport aviation. I found it in the Feb, 2010 issue of S.A. page 78. Charlie Becker wrote up a one page piece. He included a template and material list. Should set you back five bucks in the aviation parts aisle of Home Depot. Looks to be on par with the $60 item. Charlie states that he in turn found it in a 1982 S.A.
Posted: 12/9/2010 19:33:29
He just wants a skid indicator
Posted: 12/9/2010 20:30:05
Some advice, don't go cheap! My first cheap one got the ball stuck on one side constantly. Tha manufactuer promptly replaced it. The second one lasted about one year. The third is a much better one from UMA instruments. Buy good quality the first time and save the grief. The same thing happened with the EGT, CHT, and TACH. It just does not pay to go cheap.
Posted: 12/10/2010 10:01:41
My wife came up with an app for her itouch that is very good(0.1degree) accuracy. look up itouch apps and inclinometer
Posted: 12/12/2010 15:35:12
I built one per Charlie Becker's article. Works great. Think I have all of about $3 in it.
Posted: 12/13/2010 08:37:29
"He just wants a skid indicator"
Yea, I subsequently figured that out...never heard of that terminology used in this context...I find it a little misleading. Thanks for the clarification.