FAQ

SteinAir Products

Tubing

Our pitot static tubing is Nylon. This is flexible and durable and will last decades. It is rated for both extreme heat and cold conditions.

Fittings

Our pitot static fittings are durable and long lasting. Inside the holes of the fittings are a ring of teeth which grip the tubing for a secure fit. These have been proven to be very effective and do not leak.

They have teeth You must get a flush cut when cutting the tubing or it can be prone to leaking. We recommend using a P-510 Cutting tool to get a straight cut.

Leaks

Most often the tubing is leaking at a connection point. The two biggest reasons there is leaking is because it is leaking around the threads of a fitting or the tubing was cut at an angle.

You must use teflon tape around the threads of the threaded fittings. Same as you would with the plumbing in your home.  You must also get a flush cut when cutting the tubing or it can be prone to leaking. We recommend using a P-510 Cutting tool to get a straight cut.

Equipment

Deciding which systems and equipment fit your needs (and wants!)

Design

We design your panel with you. We will send you PDF revisions of your design until we reach an “approved design”.

Metal Fabrication / Paint / Engraving

  1. We will cut the panel and do all the metal fabrication – mount the rails, nutplates, rivets, etc.
  2. Then we will have the panel painted at our local auto body shop.
  3. Then the panel will be laser engraved per the latest “approved” design.

Wiring

  1. We will make wiring schematic for all of the avionics, switches, and circuit protection (going to or from the panel only).
  2. We will build up the harnesses and make all of the interconnections between instruments.
  3. We will provide flying lead for things like heated pitot, interior lighting, exterior lighting, servos, magnetometers, etc.
  4. All wires will be labeled and color-coded per the wiring diagram – which will also be provided with your panel.

Configuration and checkout procedures

  1. We will power up the system here on the bench at SteinAir.
  2. We will configure as much as possible between instruments but it will be the responsibility of the builder to add final configurations, such as aircraft specific settings and the manufacturer’s recommended settings. All of this information can be found in the manufacturer’s installation manuals.
  3. Once we are satisfied everything is working here on the bench we will take photographs and get our documentation together before wrapping everything together for shipping.

Final Invoice and Shipping

  1. We will put together the final bill for parts and labor. This is when we will take ALL your money ; )
  2. Then we will pack up the panel and equipment securely in a custom crate and send the panel with insurance via UPS 3 Day.
  3. You will be excited with anticipation for 3 days until the crate arrives.
  4. Open the crate and enjoy!

Garmin Questions

Radio Antenna

  • CI-121 / CI-122
    • This antenna should be mounted on the bottom of the aircraft, typically under the pilot. If two com antennas are being installed, they should be 3 feet apart.

GPS Antennas

  • GA-35 – WAAS GPS Antenna
    • This antenna should be mounted on the top of the aircraft, either in front of or behind the canopy. It should not interfere with opening the canopy. If there are two GPS antennas being installed they can be mounted in-line or offset. Mount them at least 6 inches apart.
  • GA-26C – Internal Mounted GPS Antenna
    • This antenna can be mounted on the glareshield or on a mounting plate behind the panel.
  • GA-57x –  Combo XM/GPS Antenna
    • This antenna can be mounted under or above the aircraft along the fuselage. Mount at least 6 inches away from other antennas.

Transponder Antennas

  • 104-12 Monopole Antenna
    • This antenna can be mounted on bottom of fuselage -on the belly of the beast.

 

  • 104-17 — ADS-B Monopole Antenna [ freq 978 MHz ]
    • This antenna is for ADS-B only. This can also be mounted on the bottom of the fuselage.

 

  • CI-105 — Blade transponder / ADS-B antenna.
    • This can be mounted on top or bottom of the fuselage.

To enter configuration mode:

  1. Press NRST, MENU and BACK simultaneously to reboot the GDU.
  2. Then continue to hold the MENU button while the screen is powering up.

This will enter config mode where you may change your settings.

GDU-460 Config Mode
GDU-460 Config Mode

To update your Garmin Aviation Databases go to https://fly.garmin.com/fly-garmin/ . The databases can be downloaded to a SD card and then loaded into your G3x System.

Carbureted Fuel Pressure Sensor

On the G3X Carbureted fuel pressure transducer you want to look for the markings on the brass fitting.

The piece should have this marking on it:   P4055-15G

G3X Fuel Pressure Sensor, Carbureted

G3X Fuel Pressure Sensor, Carbureted

Injected Fuel Pressure Sensor

On the G3X Manifold pressure transducer you want to look for the markings on the brass fitting.

The piece should have this marking on it:   P4055-75G

Manifold Pressure Xducer

On the G3X Manifold pressure transducer you want to look for the markings on the brass fitting.

The piece should have this marking on it:   P4055-30A

G3X Manifold pressure sensor

G3X Manifold pressure sensor

Oil Pressure Sensor

On the G3X Manifold pressure transducer you want to look for the markings on the brass fitting.

The piece should have this marking on it:   P4055-150G

G3X Oil pressure sensor 150 PSI 494-30004-00

G3X-OIL-PRESS Sensor

G3X-OIL-PRESS Sensor

Dynon Products

How to enter Configuration Mode?

On the Dynon Skyview System. Press + Hold down the two soft keys on the right hand side of the screen for a few seconds. This will put the screen in configuration mode.

Builder Info

Flap Position

If you want intermediate stops or flap position feedback on the EFIS, install a Ray Allen POS-12 position sensor.

Where to mount the Ray Allen POS-12:
The POS-12 should be mounted so that a pushrod can be attached to both the POS-12 and to the bell crank on the flap system. The pushrod should be mounted a certain distance away from its center of rotation so that the position sensor arm moves 1 inch as the flaps move through their entire range of travel. This distance can be found through trial and error.

Wiring:
The flap position sense wires should either be wired to the G3X system via the GEA24 or wired to the Vertical Power system.

G3X Flaps

Flap Position:
Flaps/trim position can be wired to any available input on the GEA24 with “POS” in the name.

Flap Power:

 

G3X with Vertical Power:
Vertical Power: When using a Vertical Power unit, trim and flap positions will automatically be displayed. Connecting, configuring, and calibrating the POS inputs is not required when the position sensors are connected to a Vertical Power unit.

VPX Flaps

Vertical Power and G3X system:
When using a Vertical Power unit, trim and flap positions will automatically be displayed. Connecting, configuring, and calibrating the POS inputs is not required when the position sensors are connected to a Vertical Power unit.

G3X Trim Wiring

VPX Trim Wiring

The VP-X controls the trim motor as well as provides the circuitry to report the trim position to the EFIS. It also handles runway or faulted trim conditions, and enables the EFIS to control the trim from the screen. All of the trim wiring is connected directly to the VP-X, and the trim position is reported to the EFIS over the serial data line. The trim motor circuit breakers are set at 1 amp, and are not configurable.

Most experimental aircraft use trim servos from the Ray Allen Company. These servos are self-contained units that include the trim motor as well as a position sensor. These servos are designed to run at 14 volts, and the VP-X Pro provides regulated 14v power to the trim motors so they can operate safely in 14v or 28v systems. The general principles described in this section apply to other brands of trim motor as well.

Connecting the trim motor to the VPX:
The trim motor itself is driven by the two white wires. It does not matter how they are connected, as the polarity can be changed using the VP-X Configurator. The direction of travel is controlled by reversing the positive and negative connections to the trim motor.

(VP-X Install Manual, Rev E,  2021)

Ray Allen Trim Position

Where to mount the POS-12:
The POS-12 should be mounted so that a pushrod can be attached to both the POS-12 and to the bell crank on the flap system. The pushrod should be mounted a certain distance away from its center of rotation so that the position sensor arm moves 1 inch as the flaps move through their entire range of travel. This distance can be found through trial and error.

RV14 Circuit Breaker Panel

When installing the circuit breaker panel provided by SteinAir it is
important to ensure that the copper busbars are not making contact with the
airframe at any point. In most cases the builder will need to trim the flanges,
marked in red, on the backside of the mounting bracket to avoid this.

Harness

SteinAir manufactures the harnesses for the RV12 package. We check each and every harness for continuity and provide a test report to prove accuracy.

Please let us know if you cannot find answers to your questions.

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