Million dollar idea up for grabs

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maxpower097

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jimkeith

Joined Oct 26, 2011
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The LEDs are the easy part--getting power to them is a little tricky--how about a wound stator on the rear hub of the propeller and permanent magnets on the front of the gearbox or engine?

Better yet: fiber optics running from the tips to the hub, illuminated by a stationary high intensity lamp--opearte only when the engine is running landing gear is down.
 

strantor

Joined Oct 3, 2010
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The LEDs are the easy part--getting power to them is a little tricky--how about a wound stator on the rear hub of the propeller and permanent magnets on the front of the gearbox or engine?

Better yet: fiber optics running from the tips to the hub, illuminated by a stationary high intensity lamp.
or a magnet on the plane and a coil on the prop. like a magneto in small engines for the spark.

EDIT: DOH I said the same thing you said. why did I not realize I was saying the same thing?
 
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jimkeith

Joined Oct 26, 2011
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@standtor--forgiven--I often fail to read and understand too...

How do you protect blind passengers?

Clearly pilot error in my book--how do you keep the plane from crashing? a more relevant issue
 

thatoneguy

Joined Feb 19, 2009
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For the heli's we used blades with fiber optics in them. Look at what some of these guys have done with fiber optics and LED's on their heli's.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IExT_L7HLPk&feature=related
In the desert, rotors of full sized helos will emit a blue-green glow near rotor tips when they are worn. An aviation version of "St Elmo's Fire"

There's a few pictures of them around, look for "Halo" with apache, osprey, blackhawk, etc.
 
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