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skippydiesel

Hi all - I am looking for a single, small, directional & controllable (open/closed) air vent (could be eyeball style). This is to locate in the centre of my panel, to direct cooling air onto the back of my Ram mounted iPad (shuts down when subject to prolonged direct sunlight) .

 

My existing vents on either side of my panel/cockpit are large (about 60mm ) with vent tubing to suit. I will also need to source a reducing T or Y connector, to connect from my existing ducting, to a smaller diameter duct to feed the centre vent. Have been unable to find a supplier.

 

I have reviewed Aircraft Spruce offerings - their Black Plastic vent Part No 05-04079 may be suitable but I was hoping for a quite a bit smaller unit, more in keeping with my panel space (front & back) and the application.

 

Your advice regarding potential suppliers & cost will be much appreciated/

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skippydiesel
Skippy, this mob in the link below are the people you need to contact ...

 

Vents - Louvres - Flexible Ducting

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Thanks for this leed - got onto it straight away - some definite possibilities (very helpful contact on the phone)- a bit larger than I had hoped for as early days/hours will keep looking for something smaller .

 

Thanks again.

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deanfi

Maybe you could get one printed up on a 3d printer if you can find a file you can get it done at local library ,sites like this might be a starting point

3dprintr: A Collection by arnoehme

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skippydiesel

Found a possible contender on an American web site - I will still need to have a T / Y shaped reducing adapter made up to deliver air from the existing system to the central vent. In the meantime, I will check out Bunnings Aerospace for plastic plumbing/ducting that may do the job.

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Yenn

I have made several air ducting systems out of fibreglass. A tee or Y connector to go into existing ducts is not hard to make, nor is an outlet.

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pluessy

DIY vent, 32mm PVC screw adaptor. Redoing it with a thinner flap (2 x 0.8mm ply instead of the 3mm ply).

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skippydiesel
DIY vent, 32mm PVC screw adaptor. Redoing it with a thinner flap (2 x 0.8mm ply instead of the 3mm ply).

Congratulations - Great bit of lateral thinking.

Have you worked out how to regulate the airflow?

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Blueadventures
Congratulations - Great bit of lateral thinking.

Have you worked out how to regulate the airflow?

 

Hi Skippy you could search the local car wreckers for a small air vent that closes and you can direct the flow or these are cheap enough. Cheers Mike

 

Part No 05-04079 Dashboard Dash A/C Heater-Air Air Vent Outlet For 2005-2013 Suzuki SX4 | eBay

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pluessy

close the flap. I built them for my single-seat plane, directing fresh air at the pilot.

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skippydiesel
Hi Skippy you could search the local car wreckers for a small air vent that closes and you can direct the flow or these are cheap enough. Cheers Mike

 

Part No 05-04079 Dashboard Dash A/C Heater-Air Air Vent Outlet For 2005-2013 Suzuki SX4 | eBay

 

Thanks Mike - I dont think the Suzuki vents are that small, their dimensions are very similar to my existing cabin ventilation, two preloved Mercedes W123 vents (Circa 1982). Most car type vents will be larger than what I have in mind - a dedicated IPad cooling vent.

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skippydiesel
close the flap. I built them for my single-seat plane, directing fresh air at the pilot.

 

So the vent is OFF or ON nothing in between??

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skippydiesel

This is the state of play:

 

Bunnings AeroSpace have provided a very light weight plastic Y fitting that will (I hope) fit my 60mm concertina ducting (ex Mercedes W123) and a plastic reducer down to 40mm.

Sky Shop will provide a small plastic eyeball vent (Aircraft Spruce Part No 05-04049 - $17.95 US) $37.40 AU

Will need to find a 1m length of 40mm concertina ducting to suit - should not be too much of a problem.

 

Will provide photos in due course.

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Old Koreelah

Forget Bunnings Aerospace; Borocca canisters make ideal intakes and fit neatly into a 25mm scat hose.

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skippydiesel
Forget Bunnings Aerospace; Borocca canisters make ideal intakes and fit neatly into a 25mm scat hose.

 

I like your style - "function over form" works for me (nearly) every time.

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Downunder
Will need to find a 1m length of 40mm concertina ducting to suit - should not be too much of a problem.

 

Use the 60mm from post #6 from the "Y"piece and put the reducer direct on the vent?

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Use the 60mm from post #6 from the "Y"piece and put the reducer direct on the vent?

 

Now there's idea - vent will turn up next week some time. So subject to progress on the "boss's" kitchen reno, I will take the earliest opportunity (might be a few weeks) to install the dedicated iPad cooling vent and send in some photos.

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skippydiesel

Well finally got round to making aircraft modifications. Test flew yesterday arvo - all good so far.

 

Parts from left :

 

Eyeball vent from SkyShop

Black alloy concertina pipe (Exhaust heater pipe) from Repco

Blue & white plumbing bits from Bunnings

Black plastic concertina pipe and large eyeball vent from Mercedes W123 (wrecks down the back paddock)

Varios "gaskets" made up from selection of draft excluder types & furry bit/side of stick on velcro (mostly Bunnings supplied)

All connections good but to be sure added (not shown) self sealing silicone tape to secure most connections

 

After install -1848402588_IMG_06891.thumb.JPG.674680e1aa04dbee58cc6a8ca238f165.JPG secured ducting (where required) to other structures using cable (zip) ties

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