Old Dog... New Trick?

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So I opened a fresh box of Tempest oil filters today, and on top of the filters was the notice that you see in the picture. Imagine my surprise - someone has come up with a new trick when it comes to installing oil filters! If you don't want to go get your reading glasses for the fine print, it says that you're no longer supposed to dip you finger in the old oil to lightly coat the gasket with lubricant before installing., We all do that... don't we? I mean - that's what my grandfather taught me when I was just a lad - the same way he taught my father. "No good came come of installing an oil filter dry" would be a paraphrase of what he told me, and the one time that my dad left a trail of oil behind his old Chevy after an oil change, I am sure his father blamed it on his forgetting this most basic mechanic's procedure. Continue reading "Old Dog... New Trick?"

Pick up Your Aircraft Spruce Orders at Oshkosh 2018

Place your order over $100 online or by phone and pick up at The AirVenture Show Oshkosh in themAircraft Spruce booth. Orders for pick up must be placed by noon Monday July 16th EST and they will be brought to the show by truck at no additional cost to you. All orders must be paid by credit card at the time the order is placed, and any products not in stock can be processed as a standard backorder following the show. Continue reading "Pick up Your Aircraft Spruce Orders at Oshkosh 2018"

Product Minute: Lycoming Thunderbolt Engines

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At Sun 'n Fun 2018 we interviewed Jeff Schans, Lycoming's Sales manager and we asked about the popular Thunderbolt Engines.

Watch the short Product Minute video as Jeff describes the benefits of the Thunderbolt product line and what it means for the aircraft homebuilder. Continue reading "Product Minute: Lycoming Thunderbolt Engines"

Necessary Tedium

There comes a time when you realize that your assortment of aircraft hardware has reached a point where you have to hunt and peck your way through every drawer to find what you want - when the shear variety of nuts, bolts, rivets, and what-nots have exceeded your personal memory capacity, and it takes longer to hunt something down that it does to figure out what you're looking for. When you reach that point, its time to make some labels! Continue reading "Necessary Tedium"

Largest Yet: Mojave Experimental Fly-In 2018

There was a little of everything on the ramp during the Mojave Experimental Fly In. Andrew Angelotti's Spingarage KR-2 sits low and white in the center of this view.

With 344 transient aircraft and 16 local operations logged by the tower, plus what might have been 100 airplanes on the ramp at any one time, the 2018 Mojave Experimental Fly-In April 21, 2018 certainly looked and felt like the most-attended MEFI in the event's six-year history. It's true that many of the aircraft arriving at Mojave were certified transportation, but they were carrying experimenters and there were still plenty of experimentals to eyeball on Mojave's ample ramp. Continue reading "Largest Yet: Mojave Experimental Fly-In 2018"

Garmin's new inReach mini two-way satellite communicator

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Garmin announced the inReach Mini, a smaller and more compact satellite communicator with available two-way messaging and a 24/7 SOS function when combined with an inReach subscription to access the Iridium® satellite network. Measuring just under 4 inches tall by 2 inches wide, and weighing 3.5 ounces, the inReach Mini can easily be carried in a backpack, boat, plane, or glovebox. No more worrying about spotty coverage or being within range of a cell tower - the inReach Mini works anywhere when using the Iridium satellite network. Continue reading "Garmin's new inReach mini two-way satellite communicator"