The Viking Engines display included this very interesting DUC Hélices ground adjustable prop from France. Why so interesting? Blade pitch is adjusted by inserting an allen wrench into the center of the hub; a twist of the wrench rotates all three blades at once, in sync. Continue reading "Simple Pitch Adjustment for DUC Hélices Prop"
Brazil's Motorav is showing the latest version of their VW-based aircraft powerplant. There are so many differences that the VeeDub link is very thin indeed. Continue reading "Motorav VW-based Engine"
Tecat Performance Systems and development partner 51 Aero were found sharing a booth on the main concourse here at Sun ' Fun. Tecat builds wireless telemetry transmitters intended to beam high resolution signals off a rotating shaft. In sport aviation, our interest is shaft torque and torsional vibration. Mean shaft torque allows the equivalent of an inflight dynamometer; how would you like to adjust mixture for best power by looking at a live horsepower display?
Last year Pitts expert Steve Wolf displayed the naked frame of his latest personal project, a miniature Samson biplane, at the Rotec radial booth. This year it's back, covered and complete.
This time last year, Continental was officially limiting EAB diesel applications to kit manufacturer's supervised build programs, the notable example being the Diesel Sportsman. However, that's scheduled to change as Continental quietly gains experience with individual installations. Continue reading "Diesels For Homebuilts"
Here's something old timers never thought they would see--an angle valve cylinder for a Lycoming... made by Continental. Yes dear readers, you will soon be able to order a Titan-branded angle valve 360/540 for your experimental, or obtain the cylinders as PMA'd parts for your certified bird. Continue reading "Truth is Stranger Than Fiction"