Wicks Welding Workshop Offered

As part of its continuing workshops program for aircraft builders, Wicks Aircraft Supply will offer a TIG welding workshop on February 27 and 28, 2010. Featuring "Mister TIG," aka Wyatt Swaim, the event will be a hands-on experience with TIG welding equipment.

During the 16 hours, participants will learn the basics of welding 4130 chrome-moly tubing, mild steel and aluminum for creating fuel tanks. Basic metallurgy will also be explored. The workshop is designed to provide instruction for 9 to 12 people. The cost is $425 per person, or $399 for EAA and SCCA members. Coffee, donuts and lunch will be provided at the Highland, Illinois site. Continue reading "Wicks Welding Workshop Offered"

New Owner for Autolite Sparkplug Line

Aero Accessories, Inc., the manufacturer of Tempest aviation products, announced that it has acquired Unison Industries’ aviation sparkplug product line. Unison previously marketed this sparkplug line under the Autolite brand.

Aero will relocate the sparkplug product line to its manufacturing facility in Gibsonville, North Carolina, and the sparkplugs will be branded and marketed under the Tempest name. Aero anticipates delivering the first Tempest brand sparkplugs in early March.

“The acquisition of the Unison’s aviation sparkplug line is a great addition to our existing line of aviation products,” said John Herman, VP of marketing and sales. “We feel adding this product line is important not only to our company’s strategic plan, but to the general aviation industry as well.” Tempest also manufactures oil filters, dry air pumps, carburetors and other engine-related components.

For more information, visit Aero Accessories/Tempest.

Hobart Introduces EZ-TIG 165i Welder

Hobart’s EZ-TIG 165i is heralded as the quickest and easiest AC/DC TIG welder to set up and use, the company says. Designed for first-time welders, this affordable TIG welder features a unique single-knob control to make welding steel, stainless and aluminum easier.

Features include a simple three-step interface: power up, select material and set thickness range, and it offers an infinitely adjustable amperage range of 10 to 165 amps (150 amps at 20% duty cycle), to weld 22-gauge to 3/16-inch material. Continue reading "Hobart Introduces EZ-TIG 165i Welder"

Continental Motors Holds Line on Pricing

Teledyne Continental Motors announced today that it would refrain from increasing prices for new and factory-overhauled engines in 2010, instead sticking to 2009 prices. According to the company, "TCM has been successful in improving many aspects of its factory operations. In cooperation with our valued employees and vendors, we have been able to lower cost and improve delivery. The company believes that these improvements can best be used to reinvest in technology advancements and in pricing certainty for our customers." Continue reading "Continental Motors Holds Line on Pricing"

New TECNAM LSA Ships to U.S.

The carbon fiber/metal TECNAM P2008 LSA debuted at the Friedrichshafen Air Show in April ’09, and the first one is now making its way to the U.S., having been shipped to Virginia Aviation in Richmond, the company says.

Carbon fiber is used in the fuselage, allowing for optimization of aerodynamic qualities and durability, the company says. The wing and tail are of metal construction. The wing is based on the well-known NACA 63A airfoil and through partial tapering is close to elliptical. Single-slot flaps extend along much of the wingspan, and a Frise aileron along with the tapered design provides a high roll rate. Continue reading "New TECNAM LSA Ships to U.S."

Canopy Covers that Stay Put

Fly-Away Covers offers form-fitting, lightweight travel canopy covers that are intended for short-term use and are great for day trips, cross-country excursions and fly-ins when space and weight are limited. They keep your windows clean, your cabin cool and the sun off of your cockpit, the company says. They are water repellent enough for a light mist or morning dew. Fly-Away covers also work well as a fitted dust cover when an airplane is hangared. Continue reading "Canopy Covers that Stay Put"