This oil quantity sensor with its associated electronics
package will give the pilot a real time oil quantity while in flight or on the
ground. This system is not meant to replace any other traditional methods of
checking oil quantity. It is a new device that the pilot of a small aircraft can
use in flight that he or she never had before. It will also measure oil
temperature if that option was selected at purchase. The electronics enclosure
features two analog outputs, one for oil quantity and the other for oil
temperature. It also features a four digital output alarms (open collector type)
for sensor malfunction, oil level warning, oil level caution, and over oil
temperature. You may program the alarm trigger values for those outputs and
choose a scaling for both analog outputs.
Presently, we have two types of oil sensors available, one for standard Lycoming
engine oil pan fittings and the other for standard Continental engine oil pan
fittings. The sensor will fit quite a number of engines, oil pans, oil sumps and
oil containers. Presently, the length of sensors are custom built. The sensor's
length must be determined by the customer at the time of purchase. Later, we
plan to build them up ahead of time as we create a database of standard lengths
ordered. A list of our available sensor fittings will be available in the
purchase area on our Website. Sensors with other fitting types may already be in
our design schedule.
the OIL QUANTITY SENSOR (from the TOP or Up-Side-Down)
may install the sensor from the top side of your oil pan or oil container but, .
. Please be
aware of two situations.
First, please understand that the temperature sensor is mounted in the base of the sensor. This being
the case, it will not function properly because it will not be immersed in the oil
unless the oil tank is always full. (For the future, we are
working on a design that may be used if you desire to mount this sensor from the
oil container top.)
Second, also be aware that when you calibrate the
oil quantity sensor amounts by adding your quarts
of oil, the sensor may not sense your lowest oil level. If this is the case, your
sensor tip may not extend into the oil at the very bottom of your oil pan when
adding your first quart. The oil level must be between the sensor base and the
sensor tip for the first "quantity" of oil. If this is the case, you might try
adding two quarts as your "increment" instead of a one quart increment. This may
allow you to get the oil level beyond the tip of the inverted sensor. It
is up to the installer/customer to determine where your lowest oil level is for
your installation for an inverted sensor installation.
WILL this OIL SENSOR
would like to make certain that the sensor that you order will fit your
aircraft. If you order one of our standard available sensors, and never
had oil in it, or scars from installation, we may be able to refund your money
if you make a mistake ordering. However, if you order a custom made sensor
and find that it does not fit, we will not be able to refund your money for the
sensor portion of your order.