GrypMat - a Clever Tool Holder

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How many times have you been working on the engine of your low wing airplane and started laying tools on the wing? Wrenches, screwdrivers, engine parts - the wing is simply the easiest place to put them. But by their very nature, wings make lousy workbenches. They're curved and painted - and things just don't stray where they are put. To add insult to injury, when a part or tool starts to roll away, it often scratches the finish!

Enter the GrypMat from Grypshon (www.grypshon.com). We ran across this little mechanic's helper at AirVenture today. It is a tool holder with a twist - it is made from a soft polymer that not only molds itself to curved surfaces (like a wing), but because of its soft finish, it actually grips on inclined places - like the wing of a taildragger. Separated into compartments, it retains all sorts of tools and parts. The bright orange color makes it obvious that the airplane is undergoing maintenance as well! These look like just the ticket for those who routinely work on their own flying machines.

A quick check of the web finds a retail price of $59 each - not bad for a tool that can keep the rest of your tools under control.

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Paul Dye

Paul Dye, Kitplanes® Editor in Chief, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the space shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen, and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor, and Flight Advisor, as well as a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

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