Aircraft Spruce Acquires A.E.R.O. In Stock

Aircraft Spruce will complete the acquisition of A.E.R.O. In Stock, a distributor of airframe and engine parts for general aviation on September 17. With AERO In Stock's large customer base, regional distribution warehouses, and new product lines, the merger will allow Aircraft Spruce to better serve its customers, says Jim Irwin, President of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty (ACS).
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Sport Close!

Header cracks are a constant with the many of the turbocharged Sport Gold front runners; here Findlay's crew refits a repaired left side header and turbo prior to today's heat race.

Things are heating up in the headlining Sport Gold class at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada. The last few years the class had plateaued behind Jeff LaVelle's reliably 400+ mph Glasair III. Sure, John Parker certainly gave it a go with his Thunder Mustang, Andrew Findlay made a big impact with his Stihl-sponsorship and depth of talent in his team while steady David Sterling was always there as the gate keeper to 370 mph or faster. Continue reading "Sport Close!"

EAA Talks Homebuilt Reform With FAA

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) says that its Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification (MOSAIC) rulemaking initiative has made substantial progress after a meeting with FAA officials in Washington, D.C., earlier this week. EAA also met with the FAA during AirVenture to discuss MOSAIC, which is designed to "relieve builders of well-proven homebuilts of some of the burdens that have limited their aircraft's use and flexibility but not enhanced safety." Continue reading "EAA Talks Homebuilt Reform With FAA"

Aerodynamic Marvels

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Reno Racers go to incredible lengths to gain a fraction of a mph on their rivals (I know that we use knots as a rule here at Kitplanes, because that is the standard aviation unit for sped - but racers do thing s a little differently. you see, the numbers are bigger if you use mph..). Take for example the golf ball dimpling on the upper outboard surface of the wing on Andrew Findley's super fast Lancair. Andrew has spared no expense to gain every fraction of a hair's breadth of available speed, like spending time on a NASA supercomputer to determine exactly the right depth for those four dimples just inboard of the fuel cap. Continue reading "Aerodynamic Marvels"

Reno - Right-sizing the Races

The new pit tents for the Sport class racers house one airplane each and the relocated grandstands in the pit area should be a fantastic place to watch the action!

It is no secret to those that attend the Reno Air Races every year that there has been some downsizing in recent years. It's not unexpected as the Unlimited Class has shrunk and the major players in previous years have now been retired - leaving what might actually prove to be a field that is better matched and could lead to some exciting racing! Nevertheless the Sport, Formula 1 and Biplanes classes - consisting mostly of homebuilts are going gangbusters with full fields and some planes put on standby in case one of the field breaks or can't show up! This is great for those mere mortals who are looking for a chance to just get out there and see how they do against other pilots and planes. Continue reading "Reno - Right-sizing the Races"

Look Ma - No Wings!

Something changed radically in the shop this past week - a milestone came and passed - and so did those huge long wings for the Xenos! Notice the workbench? No wings! With the help of a lot of airpark neighbors, we had a marathon month of drilling, deburring, and riveting, and the long motor glider wings are now tucked safely in their racks, awaiting installation in the fuselage - which now comes back to center stage as we pull out the drawings and figure out where we left off. Continue reading "Look Ma - No Wings!"