The RCA1510 Series Digital Heading Indicator is the latest addition to the RC Allen Digital Instrument Lineup. It is the perfect companion to the RCA2610 Digital Attitude Indicator.
The RCA1510 is designed as a fully FAA Certified direct replacement for your mechanical Directional Gyro. It is totally self-contained and fits in a standard 3-inch panel cut-out. There are no special external connections other than power and an external GPS antenna. The Multi-Volt function (9-32V) allows installation in both 14 Volt and 28 Volt systems.
The RCA1510 combines data from its own internal magnetometer and GPS receiver for a more stable and accurate heading reading which also eliminates the need to “cage” or “zero” the instrument.
Because the RCA1510 has no mechanical gyroscope, it is much more accurate than traditional heading indicators. Unlike a mechanical gyroscopic unit, the RCA1510 is not affected by drifting or wandering. The unit is designed to work without GPS input if the GPS signal is lost.
The highly visible screen has adjustable brightness controls. It has a traditional rotating dial display with digital numeric headings. The pilot can adjust the Heading Bug just like a mechanical instrument or use the Quick-Set Heading Bug; a double-push of the HDG knob sets the Bug to the current heading.
The panel tilt angle can be set from 0 to 90 degrees in one degree increments, but must be specified at time of order.
Made in the USA
Per the manufacturer, yes this will require WAAS GPS antenna and a SMA connection.
Per RC Allen, the 1510 series can not drive autopilot at this time.
The RCA1510 Electric Digital Heading Indicator utilizes an internal magnetic compass to determine aircraft heading. In flight, GPS information is added for a more stabilized and accurate heading reading. The unit is designed to work without GPS input if the GPS signal is lost.
The instructions for calibration can be found in the manual, which can be downloaded from our documents tab.
Part # 11-09701 for the WAAS GPS antenna and part # 11-12172 for the connector for RG400 wire.
The Garmin GTX 335 cannot be a GPS source for this unit. Please view the installation manual in the documents tab for more information.
Yes, the mating connector MS31168E8-4S is included.
This comes with a 2 year warranty from the manufacturer.
The RC Allen RCA 1510 ties into existing Garmin GPS or any active WAAS Antenna. If GPS is used it ground tracts but you don't need GPS because it has a magnetic heading indicator.
We do not recommend splitting a GPS signal.