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Handling electrical loads. Important points to consider when planning your aircraft electrical system.
KITPLANES Sep 1992 (v.9#9) pg. 76

Make an expanded-scale voltmeter (8 to 16 volts DC) to monitor an aircraft electrical system.
KITPLANES Jun 1993 (v.10#6) pg. 6
Added Info KITPLANES Sep 1993 (v.10#9) pg. 2

Tips for building an electrical system in your aircraft. Looks at AC vs. DC, current effects, loads, electrical wire, etc.
KITPLANES May 1994 (v.11#5) pg. 66

How to reduce the weight and cost of battery cables for a composite aircraft.
KITPLANES Feb 1995 (v.12#2) pg. 59

Electrical wire for homebuilts. Part 1. Wire size.
KITPLANES May 1996 (v.13#5) pg. 50

Electrical wire for homebuilts. Part 2. Wire insulation.
KITPLANES Jul 1996 (v.13#7) pg. 62

Electrical wire for homebuilts. Part 3. Connectors, fuses, terminal strips, and labeling.
KITPLANES Sep 1996 (v.13#9) pg. 14

Low-cost protection. Electronic gadgets provide state-of-the-art peace of mind for your aircraft. (1) Fail-safe engine fire detector. (2) Overvoltage protection circuit. (3) Fool-proof IFR timer.
KITPLANES May 1997 (v.14#5) pg. 82

Cockpit idiot lights (annunciator lights). Part 1. Low voltage and high voltage lights.
KITPLANES Jan 1999 (v.16#1) pg. 48

Cockpit idiot lights (annunciator lights). Part 2. Pressure and temperature sensor circuits.
KITPLANES Feb 1999 (v.16#2) pg. 86

Cockpit idiot lights (annunciator lights). Part 3. Circuit to monitor multiple warning lamps and summarize the status using a single green, yellow, or red LED.
KITPLANES Mar 1999 (v.16#3) pg. 81

Wire sizing by spreadsheet. Using your computer spreadsheet software to determine the correct size of electrical wire needed based on length and amperage.
KITPLANES Jun 1999 (v.16#6) pg. 66

Tip: Voltage-regulator adjustments must be checked with the regulator's cover on and screwed down.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE May 1987 (v.9#5) pg. 4

Tip: Use oxide-inhibiting compound on electrical connections to prevent corrosion.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Jun 1987 (v.9#6) pg. 2
Added Info LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Sep 1987 (v.9#9) pg. 4

An inactivity checklist. Maintenance considerations for an airplane that is flown less than once a week. Looks at engines, rubber products, brakes, and electrical system.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Feb 1988 (v.10#2) pg. 15
Added Info LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Jun 1988 (v.10#6) pg. 20

Voltage regulators. Solid-state automotive replacement unit causes damage in a Cessna 150. A look at the differences between auto and aircraft voltage regulators.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Sep 1988 (v.10#9) pg. 15

Troubleshooting an intermittent low-voltage warning.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Dec 1988 (v.10#12) pg. 18

Alternator testing. What every pilot should know in order to avoid needlessly purchasing a replacement alternator.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Jan 1989 (v.11#1) pg. 17
Added Info LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE May 1989 (v.11#5) pg. 5

Eliminating the "whine" induced by the left alternator in a Piper Seneca II/III which causes radio interference.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Apr 1989 (v.11#4) pg. 4

Chasing gremlins in the Cessna 182 charging system.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE May 1992 (v.14#5) pg. 11

Digital multimeters. Advice on selection and use when troubleshooting aircraft electrical systems.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Sep 1993 (v.15#9) pg. 15

Troubleshooting a bad engine-ground electrical connection on a Piper Arrow that results in heating of the throttle and mixture controls.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Mar 1994 (v.16#3) pg. 22

Tip on cleaning electrical contacts which may cause high-resistance in your electrical system and result in hard starting when the engine is hot.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Nov 1994 (v.16#11) pg. 21

Installing an avionics master switch to protect both your radios and yourself.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Mar 1995 (v.17#3) pg. 12

Inspecting the aircraft electrical system for proper ground connections.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Oct 1996 (v.18#10) pg. 18

The Bendix ignition switch. Troubleshooting and maintaining the typical twist-to-start key-operated ignition switch.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Dec 1996 (v.18#12) pg. 9
Added Info LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Feb 1997 (v.19#2) pg. 4

Zap. Dealing with the static electricity buildup that occurs to all aircraft in flight. A look at electrical bonding, static wicks, lightning strikes, etc.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Mar 1997 (v.19#3) pg. 17
Added Info LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Jul 1997 (v.19#7) pg. 6

Tips on using a handheld oscilloscope to troubleshoot aircraft electrical systems.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Apr 1998 (v.20#4) pg. 18

Maintenance of the three-unit Delco-Remy voltage regulator used in the typical generator charging system.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Jul 1998 (v.20#7) pg. 4

Electrical clamping. Using inexpensive diodes to prevent arcing and extend the life of your electrical switches.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Jan 1999 (v.21#1) pg. 9

Troubleshooting tips to eliminate a vibrating amp meter needle.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Feb 1999 (v.21#2) pg. 21

Short finding. How to track down that battery-draining fault when two wires diverge in a shorted bus.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE May 1999 (v.21#5) pg. 15

How to install oil-pressure-activated switches and similar diaphragm switches often used to control Hobbs meters, warning lights, etc.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Aug 1999 (v.21#8) pg. 10

Tip on adjusting the bus voltage on an aircraft equipped with a Zeftronics regulator and a Type B system.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Aug 1999 (v.21#8) pg. 24

Wire standoffs. A overview of various ways to keep wires and hoses from chafing inside the engine compartment.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Oct 1999 (v.21#10) pg. 14

Aircraft electrical wiring installation practices.
SPORT AVIATION Jul 1984 (v.33#7) pg. 42

The electrical bonding of aircraft.
SPORT AVIATION Aug 1984 (v.33#8) pg. 20

Useful electrical wiring details.
SPORT AVIATION Sep 1984 (v.33#9) pg. 27

Sportplane builder. Switches and switch-like devices. Part 1. Tips on selection and proper installation.
SPORT AVIATION Oct 1985 (v.34#10) pg. 23

Sportplane builder. Switches and switch-like devices. Part 2. Flap switches, landing gear switches, and solenoids.
SPORT AVIATION Nov 1985 (v.34#11) pg. 54

Sportplane builder. Switches and switch-like devices. Part 3. Micro switches and limit switches.
SPORT AVIATION Dec 1985 (v.34#12) pg. 57

Vital differences between AC and DC ratings for switches, particularly in aircraft applications.
SPORT AVIATION Jun 1986 (v.35#6) pg. 33

A look at some aircraft electrical-wiring practices. (1) Avionics power switch. (2) Switches, fuses, circuit breakers. (3) 12- vs. 24-volts.
SPORT AVIATION Jul 1988 (v.37#7) pg. 27

Checklist of weight and representative costs for aircraft electrical and avionics systems. Covers basic electrical system, VFR radios, VFR cross country add-ons, and night flying add-ons.
SPORT AVIATION Dec 1988 (v.37#12) pg. 59

Aircraft engine hook-up tips. Looks at electrical grounding, ignition system, engine controls, fuel system, etc.
SPORT AVIATION Aug 1989 (v.38#8) pg. 27

Selecting an aircraft electrical system. Both 12- and 24-volt systems are discussed.
SPORT AVIATION Dec 1989 (v.38#12) pg. 37

Developing your electrical system. Part 1. Basic preparations.
SPORT AVIATION Apr 1990 (v.39#4) pg. 37

Developing your electrical system. Part 2. Wiring the electric power systems.
SPORT AVIATION May 1990 (v.39#5) pg. 29

Developing your electrical system. Part 3. Wiring tips.
SPORT AVIATION Jun 1990 (v.39#6) pg. 33

Automatic avionics bus switch with safety bypass makes it impossible to leave the avionics master in the "on" position after shutting the airplane down.
SPORT AVIATION Sep 1992 (v.41#9) pg. 84
Added Info SPORT AVIATION Dec 1992 (v.41#12) pg. 90

Aircraft electrical systems. A design philosophy that will result in maximum reliability.
SPORT AVIATION Feb 1993 (v.42#2) pg. 80

Choosing between fuses or circuit breakers in aircraft electrical systems.
SPORT AVIATION Mar 1993 (v.42#3) pg. 87

Tip on using pieces of Lexan (clear sheet plastic) to organize and tie down wire connectors.
SPORT AVIATION Apr 1993 (v.42#4) pg. 81

Electrical switch options for magnetos and starters. Both toggle switches and key switches (rotary switches) are discussed.
SPORT AVIATION Jul 1993 (v.42#7) pg. 57

Simple electronic circuit will feed the signal from an aircraft warning buzzer into the intercom system so that it is easier to hear.
SPORT AVIATION Sep 1993 (v.42#9) pg. 89

Typical single-engine aircraft electrical system diagrammed.
SPORT AVIATION Oct 1993 (v.42#10) pg. 115

Tips on preparing a diagram (schematic) of an aircraft electrical system and using it to troubleshoot problems.
SPORT AVIATION Feb 1994 (v.43#2) pg. 76

Installing LEDs (light emitting diodes) which will turn on to indicate which fuse on an aircraft fuse panel has blown.
SPORT AVIATION Feb 1994 (v.43#2) pg. 91

Electrical grounding. Both single-wire and two-wire aircraft electrical systems are studied. Looks at common grounding faults, magneto grounding, shielding, etc.
SPORT AVIATION May 1994 (v.43#5) pg. 88

Avionics master switches. Pros and cons on the need for an avionics master switch (AMS). How to eliminate the need for an AMS by adopting the "essential bus" design.
SPORT AVIATION Jul 1994 (v.43#7) pg. 80

Master switch warning light for a 12-volt system let's you know when you've left the master switch on. The light is off when the engine is running.
SPORT AVIATION Jul 1994 (v.43#7) pg. 102
Added Info SPORT AVIATION Nov 1994 (v.43#11) pg. 107 (Oil pressure warning added)

Tip on fabricating fiberglass straps (clamps) to attach wire bundles to the inside of composite structures.
SPORT AVIATION Jan 1995 (v.44#1) pg. 105

Aircraft wiring. An introduction to the necessary tools, approved wire, crimping connectors, layout, etc.
SPORT AVIATION Mar 1995 (v.44#3) pg. 71
Added Info SPORT AVIATION Jun 1995 (v.44#6) pg. 96

Schematic for a simplified wiring scheme for an experimental aircraft.
SPORT AVIATION Nov 1995 (v.44#11) pg. 114

Schematic for a dual battery installation for light aircraft which features an RV battery isolator.
SPORT AVIATION Dec 1995 (v.44#12) pg. 87

Aircraft electrical wire sizing.
SPORT AVIATION Jun 1997 (v.46#6) pg. 56

Modifying the Piper-style ground power jack (made by Cole-Hersey) for ease of installation on airplanes.
SPORT AVIATION Nov 1997 (v.46#11) pg. 85

Understanding electrical switch ratings used in aircraft.
SPORT AVIATION Dec 1997 (v.46#12) pg. 108

Aircraft electrical systems simplified. Part 1. The various components, wiring, connectors, etc.
SPORT AVIATION Aug 1998 (v.47#8) pg. 106

Aircraft electrical systems simplified. Part 2. Actual steps involved in installing an electrical system.
SPORT AVIATION Sep 1998 (v.47#9) pg. 80

Time tested and approved methods for attaching terminal lugs to aircraft electrical wires.
SPORT AVIATION May 1999 (v.48#5) pg. 82