It's 'da Bom!

Levil BOM
We think we're going to send this home in our checked luggage - not sure we'd like to carry it through security at the big airport.

Levil Aviation has been building this little BOM (Broadcasting Outer Module) for a year now, and we think it is high time that we at Kitplanes should give it a try - so we picked up this little unit at the Levil booth, and are planning to mount it on an airplane the first chance we get - look for a review in the magazine in the near future! Continue reading "It's 'da Bom!"

AeroVonics AV-20 and AV-30 - Digital Displays in 2" and 3-1/8" Sizes

Aerovonics AV-20
AeroVonics AV-20

With a total of 12 functions, the AeroVonics AV-20 incorporates an array of capabilities packed into a single, 2-inch form-factor instrument.

The AV-20 provides standby attitude, probeless angle-of-attack, slip/skid, G-meter, clock, outside air temperature, bus voltage, dual user timers, engine-run timer, flight-timer, density altitude display, true airspeed and audio alerting. Its internal battery provides 30 minutes of automatic emergency full-function backup in the event of power loss. Continue reading "AeroVonics AV-20 and AV-30 - Digital Displays in 2" and 3-1/8" Sizes"

BRS Whole Aircraft Parachute for Van's RV-10

 

RV-10 BRS parachute system. Image: BRS Aerospace.

BRS Aerospace has developed a whole aircraft parachute rescue system on Van's RV-10 homebuilt aircraft. The company is accepting orders for the system, which is priced at $25,990, plus shipping.

The BRS ballistic powered parachute system can be retrofitted on flying aircraft or incorporated during the home building process. BRS Aerospace also offers the installation in two stages for builders who want to incorporate parts of the installation during the build process. Continue reading "BRS Whole Aircraft Parachute for Van's RV-10"

New Flight Test Manual From EAA

The Experimental Aircraft Association has published a new Flight Test Manual which brings the processes and procedures of professional flight testing to the amateur-built aircraft community.

The 47-page manual is a comprehensive program for amateur-built aircraft flight testing. It includes outlines for each essential test point, as well as a booklet of 19 test cards that can be carried in the aircraft for quick reference and data collection while in flight. Those test cards are similar to those used by professional civilian and military test pilots, and are an exclusive resource for amateur-built aircraft pilots using the EAA manual. Continue reading "New Flight Test Manual From EAA"

DAM!

DAM windshield cleaner

One of my earliest "jobs" in aviation was as an unpaid (but compensated with experience and flight time) line-boy/hangar rat. I'm sure that was the first time I washed an airplane windshield, and I used whatever goop in a bottle was thrown at me by the FBO owner. In the many decades since, I have probably used just about every chemical available to clean windshields and windows, including good old H2O, and I am still looking for the magic elixir that simply makes deceased bugs and other debris leap off the canopy when it is merely brought out of the cupboard. I am still waiting - but a new product from McFarlane Aviation Products comes pretty DAM close! Continue reading "DAM!"