This guide describes the process to install a Remote ID Add-on kit for the Sentera PHX.
The following items need to be completed for Remote ID to be functional on existing PHX
- Purchase Remote ID add on kit.
- Install Remote ID add on kit.
- Update PHX Senthawk (CommsBoard) Firmware
- Install Fly PHX V1.9.1.
- Read Remote ID user guide.
Aircraft with a serial number of 2056 or greater are compatible.
Aircraft will serial numbers lower than 2056 require (at a minimum) a Long Range Comms upgrade to be compatible with PHX Remote ID hardware. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Obtain Add-on Kit
Purchase an add on kit from the Sentera webstore.
Remote ID Module
Remote ID Cable
Aircraft Tail Label
A #1 Philips screwdriver is the only tool required to install the Remote ID equipment. A #1 Phillips screwdriver is provided with every PHX and is located in the support kit.
Remove the tail of the aircraft
Remove the 3 screws shown.
Remove the tail from the fuselage.
- The large screws on the underside of the fuselage may still be partially in place.
- Tilt the tail tail assembly forwards towards the nose and the tail should begin to separate from the fuselage.
Be careful once the tail assembly is separated from the fuselage. The tail is still electrically connected to the autopilot assembly.
Remove Autopilot Dust Cover
Remove the 4 screws shown to remove the autopilot dust cover.
Tilt the autopilot out of the avionics bay as shown.
Locate the indicated connector.
Press the small tab to release the connector from the autopilot.
Let the disconnected cable dangle in the wiring harness as shown.
Connect Remote ID Module
Install the provided Remote ID cable into the Remote ID module as shown.
Route the power cable between the bottom of the autopilot and the mounting bracket as shown.
Pull the power cable through and around as shown.
Plug the cable in the port as shown. Plugging the power cable into an incorrect port will cause the Remote ID module to not function properly.
Locate the remaining connector from the Remote ID cable.
Plug this remaining connector into the empty port as shown.
Mount Remote ID Module
Locate the mounting holes on the underside of the autopilot assembly.
The Remote ID add-on kit comes with two sets of screws to account for a manufacturing change in the autopilot mount. One set of screws will be used. The other will not. Determine the correct screw set to be used based on the images below.
If the holes look as shown use the smaller screw set.
If the screw holes look as shown here, use the larger screw set.
Align the Remote ID module as shown.
Ensure the Board is oriented as shown with the large silver component on the Remote ID module visible.
Install the 3 mounting screws. Ensure the Remote ID module is securely mounted and does not wiggle around.
Ensure the screws are not overtighten. Overtightening can strip the plastic holes and cause poor installation of the Remote ID module.
Replace Dust Cover
Place the autopilot dust cover over the autopilot as shown.
Replace the autopilot mounting screws that were removed earlier. Ensure that the screws are fully seated
Ensure the screws are not overtighten. Overtightening can strip the plastic holes and cause poor mounting of the autopilot.
Place the tail assembly over the avionics bay to begin alignment.
Carefully adjust the wires so that they are in their proper positions:
The servo wire (red, black, orange cable) should folder over itself and lay in the channel on the top of the autopilot dust cover.
The radio cable should be pushed under the autopilot is much as possible and rest near the servo cable connector.
Close the avionics bay by fully seating the tail assembly over the avionic bay and onto the fuselage.
Reinstall the front tail lip screw that was removed earlier. Ensure the screw is fully seated but not over tightened.
Reinstall the two tail screws that were removed earlier.
Apply New Label
A new label for the PHX will be provided with the Remote ID upgrade kit. The new label will include a new serial number format for your aircraft as well as add FCC & FAA identifiers.
Remove the old label from the PHX.
Place the new label on the tail of the aircraft as shown.
If the Remote ID module is not installed in the manner described above it may not function as intended. This includes but is not limited to:
Aircraft GPS location information is sourced from the internal aircraft GPS. The Remote ID system may not pass operational testing if the aircraft GPS wing is not connected to the fuselage, or if the aircraft is inside. The aircraft and Remote ID system are intended to be used in the fully assembled state, outdoors, with a clear view of the sky.