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    Magnetometer installation & location

    Anyone have photographs of their magnetometer installations? I am getting ready to finish the final hardware installation and would like to see how others have done it.

    Specifically, I am looking for the mounting bracket and where/how the bracket was mounted. I am considering mounting it on one of the vertical bulkheads aft of the baggage compartment in my RV6A.

    One of the issues I am facing is the alignment between the selected bulkhead and the instrument panel. The instructions say the magnetometer and main (display) box should be installed aligned to each other within 2/10ths of a degree. This means making a mounting bracket with a six degree angle to accomodate the instrument panel.

    Any guidance is welcome,

    Ralph Capen

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    Ralph,

    There is a thread discussing Dynon magnetometer mounting in a 6A at http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...ad.php?t=81187 . The Dynon magnetometer and the AFS magnetometer have the same form factor and mounting. They DO NOT have the same electrical interface.

    I used the SafeAir mount mentioned several time in the thread for my magnetometer.

    Regards,

    Roy

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    Here's mine, mounted in my 7A:
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    Indeed, keep the angles exactly the same and stay well clear of the autopilot servo.

    Victor Kruis.
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    I am having same question that was being discount in that forum link which Roy shared about SafeAir unit. Can anybody put more light on this?
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    Dual Magnetometers

    How about mounting two of them together...Is there a spacing requirement...x" away from each other. I am also considering putting an ADS600B back there...Is there a spacing requirement from the antennas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by recapen View Post
    How about mounting two of them together...Is there a spacing requirement...x" away from each other. I am also considering putting an ADS600B back there...Is there a spacing requirement from the antennas?
    Yes, the spacing requirement is in the manual.

    Here's how I mounted them in my RV-10

    http://www.kitlog.com/photos/project...2012A0001V.jpg
    Bob Leffler
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    Thanks - I like the 'tray' look.

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    Got it installed and have completed the alignment procedure. The on-screen instructions did not mention facing north - simply Taxiing in a complete circle. I did get the "Alignment Complete press return" message and the "Magnetometer Align" message is now gone. Still getting the "Aiding Disabled" message on the screen - even after power-down and restart.

    I don't recall seeing anything in the manual about other reasons for aiding disabled messages.

    I'll try flying it.
    Flew it - "Aiding Disabled" went away shortly after take-off. Came back after I landed though. Maybe it needs something to aid.... Seems to work correctly - including driving the S-Tec 30 Autopilot through the GPSS coupler.

    Would still like to know if this is the correct behaviour

    Thanks in advance,
    Ralph
    Last edited by recapen; 06-02-2012 at 11:17 AM.

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    The aiding message on the ground is normal, it only sends data while in flight.
    Rob Hickman
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    As I experienced - thanks for verifying that it is working correctly.

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