Apr 23, 2012, 10:07 AM
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Night flying with Aurora RC leds.

3 videos of the 3 different LED sets from Aurora RC. Hope you enjoy the videos.

 3DHS 40-Edge EPP Aurora Lights pilot Joe Smith (4 min 43 sec)

 3D Hobby Shop 71 AJ Slick-Aurora LEDs pilot joe Smith (6 min 13 sec)

 3DHS 104 AJ slick-Aurora RC LED pilot Joe Smith (6 min 28 sec)

kits were purchased from
http://www.aurorarc.com/home
 Apr 23, 2012, 02:14 PM Wherever you go there you are United States, MN, Minneapolis Joined Nov 2011 7,712 Posts How do you calculate the scale of an airplane? Their website doesn't seem to offer much in the way of figuring out which system to get for a particular plane. E.g., for a 48" balsa, a 51" balsa, and a 60" balsa. Great videos by the way. Latest blog entry: Beast 60e crow mix demonstration
Apr 23, 2012, 02:19 PM
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by N6145k How do you calculate the scale of an airplane? Their website doesn't seem to offer much in the way of figuring out which system to get for a particular plane. E.g., for a 48" balsa, a 51" balsa, and a 60" balsa. Great videos by the way.
They have 3 sets.
We have run the smallest set on planes up to 48".
The 71 slick video is the middle set.
104 slick is the large set
 May 21, 2012, 07:06 PM DFC~ We Do Flyin' Right USA, GA, Atlanta Joined Nov 2008 12,303 Posts I had the opportunity to see yall's late night antics at SEFF this year, Joe was amazing as always! I am curious though, does Joe (or other pilots flying Aurora) ever complain about the glare from the LEDs on the far side of the plane. There were times when I was watching the plane go through different orientations, like during rollers, and I wondered if it gets irritating to have the glare from the LEDs. The glare is noticeable in the videos, but It was even brighter in person. These are some serious heavy duty bright lights! I have been considering Aurora for my 70" EF Extra, but I have a hard enough time focusing at night, I was not sure those would be good for me... Latest blog entry: Help Save Georgia Model Aviators! GMA...
 May 22, 2012, 08:40 AM Registered User Fort Wayne Joined Feb 2009 4,351 Posts Night Flying over the pond at Joe Nall
May 22, 2012, 08:43 AM
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by bsbauman I had the opportunity to see yall's late night antics at SEFF this year, Joe was amazing as always! I am curious though, does Joe (or other pilots flying Aurora) ever complain about the glare from the LEDs on the far side of the plane. There were times when I was watching the plane go through different orientations, like during rollers, and I wondered if it gets irritating to have the glare from the LEDs. The glare is noticeable in the videos, but It was even brighter in person. These are some serious heavy duty bright lights! I have been considering Aurora for my 70" EF Extra, but I have a hard enough time focusing at night, I was not sure those would be good for me...
The lights light up the plane so focus on the plane and not the lights is best. People watching the night flights seem to be attracted to the lights. But if your flying then watch the plane. The lights are bright, brings a whole new level of flying at night to the masses.
 May 22, 2012, 09:38 AM DFC~ We Do Flyin' Right USA, GA, Atlanta Joined Nov 2008 12,303 Posts It certainly is remarkable to watch Latest blog entry: Help Save Georgia Model Aviators! GMA...
 Dec 14, 2012, 09:43 AM AMA 97737 United States, MA, Mendon Joined Mar 2010 1,675 Posts Ordered a set of their Genesis lights for my Hacker SuperZoom 2 EPP 3D foamy. With the Motorfly motor and GWS slow fly prop, it is very quiet, so nightflights at the local soccer field down the road from my house should not pose any problems. I have 4 2S 470mAH LiPo packs from a Dynamic Foamy XB-70 pusher prop, so I am probably going to use them for the lights; otherwise I would probably have to go with a larger flight pack. Still undecided which is the best way to go in the long term.
 Dec 14, 2012, 10:21 AM Registered User Fort Wayne Joined Feb 2009 4,351 Posts Separate battery for the lights is preferred.
Dec 14, 2012, 11:16 AM
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by ltc Ordered a set of their Genesis lights for my Hacker SuperZoom 2 EPP 3D foamy. With the Motorfly motor and GWS slow fly prop, it is very quiet, so nightflights at the local soccer field down the road from my house should not pose any problems. I have 4 2S 470mAH LiPo packs from a Dynamic Foamy XB-70 pusher prop, so I am probably going to use them for the lights; otherwise I would probably have to go with a larger flight pack. Still undecided which is the best way to go in the long term.
The Aurora setup may draw more amps, but I'm running the DW Foamies night light setup on my 38" EPP Slick off the main 3S 1000mah flight pack. I just set the flight timer 20 or 30 seconds shorter when I'm using the lights and it works fine. A micro Deans plug is wired off the male plug on the ESC so I can unplug the lights for daytime flying.

-Dustin
 Dec 14, 2012, 11:34 AM AMA 97737 United States, MA, Mendon Joined Mar 2010 1,675 Posts I guess the best thing to do is just take some current measurements of the lights running on the bench with my wattmeter. Adding the 2S 470 pack shouldn't be a problem from extra weight; the lights are supposed to be 1oz. I am currently running a 1000mAH 3S for the flight pack, which yields about 5 minutes, losing 30 seconds of flight time would be OK. They just looked incredibly cool in the videos and I needed a stocking stuffer gift for myself. \$49 for the Genesis lights seemed reasonable. Interestingly enough, I was required to pay \$3.12 in IL sales tax, as AuroraRC is required to collect tax even for out of state purchases. The same day I read that Massachusetts will start collecting sales tax for all Amazon purchases starting in November 2013. Sign of the times ....
Dec 14, 2012, 12:29 PM
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by Wildman777 The Aurora setup may draw more amps, but I'm running the DW Foamies night light setup on my 38" EPP Slick off the main 3S 1000mah flight pack. I just set the flight timer 20 or 30 seconds shorter when I'm using the lights and it works fine. A micro Deans plug is wired off the male plug on the ESC so I can unplug the lights for daytime flying. -Dustin
I looked at the DW Foamies lighting kit, but it just seemed as though (based on photos and videos) that the AuroraRC kit did a better job of lighting the airplane.

I guess I will find out soon ... assuming no snow after they arrive
 Dec 15, 2012, 05:35 PM AMA 97737 United States, MA, Mendon Joined Mar 2010 1,675 Posts AuroraRC Genesis lights arrived today. Interesting use of arrow nocks to hold the wingtip light assemblies; the tail assembly doesn't come with one, I will likely use low temp hot melt glue. Will try and make some wattmeter readings this weekend. Unfortunately, forecast is rain/snow for next 5 days, so first night flight will have to wait.
Dec 15, 2012, 07:01 PM
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by ltc AuroraRC Genesis lights arrived today. Interesting use of arrow nocks to hold the wingtip light assemblies; the tail assembly doesn't come with one, I will likely use low temp hot melt glue. Will try and make some wattmeter readings this weekend. Unfortunately, forecast is rain/snow for next 5 days, so first night flight will have to wait.
We use little wire clamps instead of the arrow nocks.
 Dec 16, 2012, 07:31 AM AMA 97737 United States, MA, Mendon Joined Mar 2010 1,675 Posts What type of wire clamps? Could you provide a picture or link? Something like this? http://www.electricalbasics.com/acat...mps_Small.html Last edited by ltc; Dec 16, 2012 at 07:38 AM.