Prepping and Priming for the Subsonex Paint Job

Paul Dye uses a Scotchbrite wheel along a line of rivets in order to ensure a slightly roughened surface to hold the primer and paint.
Paul Dye uses a Scotchbrite wheel along a line of rivets in order to ensure a slightly roughened surface to hold the primer and paint.

With most of the masking completed last night, the team immediately started into Scotchbriting all of the external aluminum areas on Paul Dye's SubSonex jet. The rivets were attacked first with a rotary, power Scotchbrite wheel. Three passes at slightly different angles ensured that the rivets were adequately scuffed. The fiberglass nose cowl was also lightly sanded. Soon, neighbors started showing up and the broader surfaces received attention. Continue reading "Prepping and Priming for the Subsonex Paint Job"

Subsonex Paint Preparation

John Stahr (left) and Paul Dye discuss how to handle painting the ailerons.
John Stahr (left) and Paul Dye discuss how to handle painting the ailerons.

Editor-in-Chief Paul Dye's SubSonex jet is completed (after less than three months of building!), the engine has started and performed flawlessly, and a couple of slow taxi tests have occurred without issues. Since the Inspector isn't yet available (largely due to the recent enforced paralysis of that part of the federal government), it is time to paint! Continue reading "Subsonex Paint Preparation"

Superior Buying Back All XP-400 and XP-382 Engines

Superior XP-400 crankshaft
Superior XP-400 crankshaft

Superior Air Parts announces it is implementing an immediate and mandatory buy-back program for all XP-382 and XP-400 experimental engines

The company is contacting each XP-382 and XP-400 series experimental engine owner to arrange to immediately buy-back their engine.

Scott Hayes, VP, Sales and Marketing for Superior Air Parts, Inc., announced today that the company is implementing an immediate and mandatory buy-back of all the Superior Air Parts XP-382 and XP-400 series experimental aircraft engines in the field.
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Van's Aircraft Rolls Out a New Website and Branding

Van's Aircraft new logo.

Van's Aircraft rolled out its new website and branding last week.  "We're excited to release the new Van's Aircraft brand and website to the community," said Greg Hughes, media and community director at Van's Aircraft when reached for comment. "We've made some bold changes in order to better convey to folks what RV's are and how they impact lives, and we're super excited about the future." Continue reading "Van's Aircraft Rolls Out a New Website and Branding"