Ahhh, Oshkosh; airplanes, friends... and landscaping? Yes, there is a small army of EAA employees who (among other things) cut the grass and shovel wood chips so you don't walk in the mud. Continue reading "Buzzing the Field"
AirVenture must have 500 engines on display... real ones, mockups, and a few which are pure fantasy. Most are the same old thing in a different color. However, here is one you do NOT see every day, a Gnome Monosoupape 100 rotary.
That's a rotary, not a radial; The crankshaft is fixed to the airframe, while the crankcase and cylinders whirl around with the propeller. Not cheap, but perfect for your trusty Sopwith, or with an Oberursel data plate, an early Fokker. They're available brand new from Classic Aero Machining Services of New Zealand. For more information, visit www.kipaero.com
Spotted a great tool in the Superior booth, designed to drain the oil from a horizontal oil filter. Just clamp it on, attach a hose to the nipple, and screw in the tee handle, which neatly punches a small hole in the filter case. Continue reading "Tempest Easy Drain Tool"
Want to cushion your tail? We spotted this Airframes Alaska T3 sprung and damped tailwheel assembly on the STi at the Kitfox display. Most readers would immediately recognize the company's most popular product, Alaska Bushwheels balloon tires.
There are many sights and sounds at a fly-in, but yesterday, while in my tent, I realized there was a background music I've never before noticed. It was the metallic "tink, tink, tink" of many hammers driving tiedown stakes. In Homebuilt Camping at Oshkosh, it can grow to the level of cicadas on a summer evening, as entire freshly-parked rows of beautiful birds are simultaneously staked to earth, captured against wind and storm, there to be admired until again released to fly.