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Have You Put Aircraft Instruments In Your Car?  
User currently offlinePilottj From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 279 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6990 times:

Hey folks,
Been awhile since I have posted but somthing has been tickling my fancy lately. I knew of a few aviation nuts installing aircraft instruments in their cars...pitot tubes, altimeters...etc.. Do you or have any friends who are aviation geeks with aircraft equipment installed in their automobiles?

Would you/could you install a dash mounted aircraft mag compass (like a used one from a cessna or piper) in your car. I find compasses to be quite useful while driving, especially in unfamiliar areas. I would think the electronic distortion from the car stereo would be less than that of a typical GA aircraft radio/gps stack. I know I am just geeky enough to do it if I could.

Cheers
TJ


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User currently offlineZOTAN From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 611 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6982 times:

Well I'm such a loser that I put an extra antenna on my car, and can now listen to airband frequencies on my car stereo.

User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6982 times:

Quoting ZOTAN (Reply 1):
Well I'm such a loser that I put an extra antenna on my car, and can now listen to airband frequencies on my car stereo.

I originally entered this thread to clown TJ, but you have me intrigued. Do tell how you accomplished this.


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6979 times:

I stole a 777's cockpit and put it in my chevy.

User currently offlineBravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6943 times:

No instrument that you don't need. However the registration of my car does read 'BRAVO45', does that count?

User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6938 times:

Yea, I have a Fokker with interior by Boeing

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8455 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6934 times:
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I have a propeller on my car's bonnet.


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User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4683 posts, RR: 47
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6926 times:

A Directional Gyro to make sure I'm lined up on the right runway.... and a compass to reference the DG.


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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6922 times:

Pitot tubes make great tie-down points.

Mark


User currently offlineJpax From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1018 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6922 times:

I'd fear my sex life would plummet should I ever put aircraft instrumentation in my car. But hey, the airport is only a few minutes away.  Wink

User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6858 times:

I can't believe you started this thread. Yes, I'm one of the geeks in the crowd. I used to have an ASI and altimeter out of an old Stinson in my '75 Chevy Impala. I had a 1.5 foot pitot tube painted red and white sticking out the front with a quick disconnect for when I parked it nose-in to a sidewalk. I experimented with the location of the tube to get the most consistent reading. After running it for a while with the A/C on normal and recirculate I realized I needed a static system too, so (like a geek) I also ran a static tube. The best place I could find to terminate it was in the trunk, but I still think I could have done it better with more experimentation (this all happened 20 years ago).

It was an entertaining project and I learned a lot about aerodynamics from it, like wake turbulence behind a truck and how far back it extends at various speeds.

The altimeter was not quite as much fun since I was using it around the substantially flat terrain of West Texas. The variation of barometric pressure made a bigger difference than the terrain change.


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