• The Biplane Forum is a large global active community of biplane builders, owners and pilots. From Pitts to Skybolts, to older barnstormers, all types are welcome. In addition to our active community, our content boasts exhaustive technical information which is often sought after for projects and maintenance. This information has accumulated over the 12+ years the forum has been in existence.

    The Biplane Forum is a private community. Subscriptions are only $49.99/year or $6.99/month to gain access to this great community and unmatched source of information not found anywhere else on the web. We are also a great resource for non biplane users, since many GA aircraft are built the same way (fabric and tube construction). Annual membership also comes with two BiplaneForum.com decals.

Location of compass

This site may earn a commission from merchant affiliate links, including eBay, Amazon, and others.


Well-Known Member
Supporting Member
Jan 16, 2007
Reaction score
I wonder if anybody have tried to mount the compass on the upper wing? I recently read an article on the Heinkel He 51, a german biplane fighter of the thirties. This airplane had the compass, together with a rear wiew mirror mounted on the center piece of the upper wing.

I think we can forget about the mirror, but what an excellent location for the compass. No magnetic interference at all, and compass-swinging must be a piece of cake.
I am seriously considering to mount my compass there. I have a welded tube structure just behind the front headrest( the passengers shoulderbelts is passing over it, so he will not suffer spinecompresion in an accident ). But this tubes makes for a lot of magnetic interference, when the compass is mountedin the instrument board, or even on the glareshield.
Of course I have to make astreamlined fairingto minimize the additional drag.
A good idea oris there something I have overlooked ?

Latest posts