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Date:  12-30-2019
Number of Hours:  3.00
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Brief Description:  Instrument Panel & Fuel System

Plans:
1. Add indicator lights to panel.
Status: Complete. Four indicator lights were added to the panel. Two green LEDs for indicating when the fuel pumps are powered-since it might not be obvious if a pump's circuit breaker has blown or is switched off. These lights will help diagnose the issue. A red LED for the ECU fault status. And last a red incandescent lamp for the alternator status. Not installed is a possible indicator for a low fuel level.
2. Fabricate the instrument panel section for the fuel valve.
Status: About 50% complete. The fuel pumps, when switched off will, not pass fuel to the engine. Aeromomentum stated that they are essentially an electric shutoff valve. Maybe so but I decided to still have a manual shutoff valve. This valve is positioned before the pumps and pre-filter. It blocks fuel to the fuel system altogether. A little safer in an accident should a line be broken and it allows you to change out the filter.
3. Add a fuel line sheeth.
Status: Complete. I found a good solution to providing a guard on the fuel line. I thought of using a section of garden hose but found it difficult to bend with a tight radius. While at the electronics store I happened to see some protective cable sheathing that could easily be added to the fuel line with a much tighter radius. Works great.

Note: The instrument panel of this WWI vintage aircraft is starting to look pretty modern. I haven't even added a transponder or ADS-B function yet.
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Indicator Lights

Indicator Lights

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Fuel Shutoff Panel

Fuel Shutoff Panel

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Fuel Line Protective Sleeve

Fuel Line Protective Sleeve

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