4This strip running along the top edge of the
fuselage will light up the
canopy outline and give
me a good reference
point to keep the plane
orientated in the air. This
strip of lights could be
ran completely around
the plane but I kept
them off the bottom
just in case I cannot pull
the plane out of the air
during a hover and it has
to land on its belly.
5To prevent any possibility of the lights shorting
out (don’t forget they
are attached to a Li Po
battery), I use a good-sized drop of hot glue at
all solder joints. This will
insolate the connectors
and prevent any
possibility of the wires
touching each other or
the joints from pulling
6These high-intensity LED lights are used to light up the side of the plane. They are mounted above and below the wing so that the light will shine on the side of the fuselage. This
creates a spotlight effect on the plane regardless of its attitude. I was
pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to fly a plane at night with
this type of lighting on it.
7Here are the two planes after the lights are all installed, hooked up, and ready for some night flying.
As you can see, these planes are very
easy to see in the dark and the lights
are simple to install and use.
Customizing my plane for
night flying was a simple and
straightforward project that
makes it easy for anyone to
add lights to their plane. I would
recommend trying nighttime
flying for the first time just after
the sun goes down because this
will give you a little more light
with which to begin your journey.
Another thing you can do is to
fly during a full moon; you will be
surprised at how much the moon
can light up the flying field!
It’s also a good idea to fly in an
area where the ground is very flat
and there are few obstacles on the
ground to run into. Even though
the lights do brighten up the
ground when the plane gets close,
things will sneak up on you in
the dark before you have time to
react. Trust me on this — enjoy!
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