Wing Tip Strobe Installation

Wing Tip Strobe Installation

Has anyone added wing tip strobes to an older cessna?  Mine is a 1968 172 I, and the only information I can come up with is a Whelen conversion kit.  After much research, I'm not really interested in Aeroflash because of the lower output and its invisibility during the day.  So, Whelen seems to be my only option.  But, this is my problem:  The wing tips are old, old, old!  I'm afraid that attempting to modify them, which requires cutting, might ruin them.  So, now I'm considering replacement of the wing tips in lieu of modification.  Has anyone done this kind of conversion?  And, if so, do you recommend modifying the original tips, replacement of the tips, or some other option that I have not considered???  Also, how difficult was the modification of the stock wing tips if that was your experience?

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Bob

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Re: Wing Tip Strobe Installation

I put the whelen "piggyback" strobes on the existing nav lights on my 1969 172K - I did  the same thing on a 1966 172 several years ago - no other modification of the wingtips - the strobes piggyback the original nav lights and attach with the same center screw (one on each light) works great and I had never lost one or had problems until someone "hit" the wingtip (while it was parked-tied down) and damaged the entire light - even then I straightened the screw put on a new nav light lens and remounted the strobe (it survived the impact).

I fly in congested areas around Chicago and really like the visibility - and the double-double flash. I later added the white tail light-strobe combination for good visibility when being overtaken by another aircraft - also they're all trigered together.

I very much like the whelen strobes and are the first thing I've done to an aircraft as soon as I owned it.

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Re: Wing Tip Strobe Installation

Thanks for the feedback.  You add some interesting data to my research.  Can you explain how you added the strobe without modification to the wingtip?  My existing nav lights tend to recess and we could not fit the strobe add kit to the nav light.  The nav light on the 172 I is recessed and is flush with the wing tip.  Did you modify the strobe housing?

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I put Whelan Strobes on my 66 182.  The Whelan kit I purchased had wing tip hardware for the strobe and nav lite that screwed right into the original location for the nav lite without a strobe.

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Charles Lloyd

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I will be wanting to install wingtip strobes too. My question is more about wiring. Can strobs be parallel wired to the existing anti-collision lights or do new wires need to be run the entire length of the wings?

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Some wingtips have to be modified or replaced, even with the piggyback lights. This is the problem I ran into with my K model. The old ones were too fragile to mess with.

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I have a set of Aeroflash piggy back strobes on my 1963 P172D--my mechanic said it took him all of 5 minutes to make the necessary mods to the wingtips.  But these are Madrais (sp?) droop tips, not stock tips.

Re Aeroflash vs. Whelen--about a third of the price, maybe not quite as bright, but I've never seen any strobe that was worth a darn in daylight, and any strobe is better than no strobe at night.

Re wiring:  I asked the same question.  Many newer models have the wiring in place.  If not, it has to be run--not legal to parallel wire to the position lights (according to my mechanic--and I haven't seen him wrong yet).

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I am about to purchace a 1960 Cessna 175 Skylark. It has droop wingtips and I doubt they are very useful and I think they make the plane look bad.

Does anyone have any idea whee I may find original wing tips for this aircraft?


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Re: Wing Tip Strobe Installation

Get the Whelen installation manual. It is available on their website.
It will have rather complete instructions on how to install the strobes and modify the wingtips, if necessary. Strobes were recently installed on my 1972 C172. The most challenging part of the installation is routing the three conductor shielded cable from the wingtips to the power supply behind the baggage compartment. Also if you get the 60 ft cable kit to install the strobes measure twice and cut once because there is little extra cable. Strobes need to be powered seperatly from the nav light. One because the nav light circuits may not handle the additional current and secondly, when operating on the ground strobes are distracting to other pilots and when operating in fog the reflections may induce some unwanted neural effects.

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Re: Wing Tip Strobe Installation

Earl Pfeiffer Wrote:
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> I am about to purchace a 1960 Cessna 175 Skylark.
> It has droop wingtips and I doubt they are very
> useful and I think they make the plane look bad.
>
> Does anyone have any idea whee I may find original
> wing tips for this aircraft?
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>
> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Earl, they should be the same as 1960-62 172's. Check the parts book, I bet you can get them from wentworth or Dallas air salvage. Don't forget to visit www.cessna175.org if your buying a skylark.

I am in process of putting the piggyback Whelen strobes on my 1959 175 and they do not fit well at all. I have a different structure for the center  mount that interferes with the strobe base. I am possibly going to have to buy the rest of the whelen nav light to fix the problem as my mod to the baseplate has proven destructive.

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Re: Wing Tip Strobe Installation

I have a 1979 Cessna 182RG II and the right strobe power unit failed. Does anyone know of a shop that rebuilds the strobe power units?

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