Advanced Aero Components Acquires Glasair II and III Assets

Nigel Mott of Glasair Aviation USA and Ian Baker of Advanced Aero Components.

Glasair Aviation USA, LLC. and Advanced Aero Components "AAC" announced the sale of product line assets for the Glasair II and III models.

According to Ian Baker, AAC CEO, the company plans to rejuvenate the product line - new kits will be available in an infused carbon fiber version creating a much lighter, stronger airframe while reducing build times. In addition, existing AAC modifications will be incorporated into the aircraft. Continue reading "Advanced Aero Components Acquires Glasair II and III Assets"

Sorta' Old School

It turns out that next week I am going to do some flying with an old friend in his old Twin Comanche. No, it's not an experimental, but is is still a bit challenging in its own way. We're going to do some IFR currency stuff (everyone can use an IPC now and again), and when I asked him what he had for avionics, he said "A 430W and a six pack."

"HSI?" I asked... hopefully...

"Nope - old school, we'll do it the way you used to!" Continue reading "Sorta' Old School"

David Jacob Heino's Sonex

I completed Sonex #1072 on August 18, 2014 and made the first flight on August 22, 2014 from Charlie Brown/Fulton County Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. The airplane now has over 150 hours on it and has made several trips from Atlanta to South Florida, the Carolinas, and to Tower, Minnesota which is just south of the Canadian border. Continue reading "David Jacob Heino's Sonex"

Awww Nuts!

The picture sort of speaks for itself, doesn't it? A long-ago completed stabilizer for our Xenos motor glider project, carefully stored in the hangar was recently abused by some workers we had bumbling around unsupervised. The good news is that this dent isn't a concern structurally. The bad news is that I don't think it is going be covered by fiberglass fairing like it would be on an RV. Such are the problems of long-term airplane building - completed assemblies can sit for a long time before being used in the final airplane, and the chances of damage due to storage accidents, corrosion, or the simple effects of entropy can take their toll. Continue reading "Awww Nuts!"

Save on a SubSonex Through October 31

Sonex Aircraft just announced the return of their Huge Fall Promotion in conjunction with EAA Barnstorming Dealsonce again in 2017. This year, SubSonex customers can get into the action. Continue reading "Save on a SubSonex Through October 31"

Now THAT's a compressor!

OK shop-hounds, we all like to talk about the size and quality of our air compressors, but I am humbled by what I found on a recent trip to Minnesota and the Soudan Underground Mine. This 100 psi, two-cylinder compressor supplied air for the underground mine continuously for half a century, in volumes enough to probably power every homebuilder in several states simultaneously. Continue reading "Now THAT's a compressor!"