A Legend Passes

Monty Barrett

Of the half a million or so aviation fanatics who will pass through the gates of Oshkosh in a couple of weeks, there are perhaps a mere couple of dozen who have reached the level of "household names", not just to the aero masses, but more impressively still, in renown and respect from their fellow household names in the greater aviation community. Our world just lost one of those giants.

Burton Montgomery "Monty" Barrett, founder of Barrett Precision Engines of Tulsa Oklahoma, passed away on July 6. On his last days, he had been working on his Pitts Model 12 aircraft. Continue reading "A Legend Passes"

Barrett Precision Engines Building Up Superior XP-400 Engines

Barrett Precision Engines is building the XP-400.

Superior Aircraft Parts, supplier of the XP-400 kit engine, announced during Sun 'n Fun 2013 that it has appointed Barrett Precision Engines of Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the first authorized engine build facility for the company's 215-horsepower, XP-400 Engine.

"We helped Superior get the XP-400 back to market," said Rhonda Barrett-Bewley as she showed off the engine on its stand at the Barrett Precision Engines tent (booth NE-037). As is typical with Barrett engines it comes with cold air induction, a counterweighted crankshaft, honed valve guides, new engine clearance limits, custom paint and more. "This engine is available for $37,000," said Barrett-Bewley. Continue reading "Barrett Precision Engines Building Up Superior XP-400 Engines"

A Modern M14 Ignition System for Your Moose

Vedenevev M14 radial engine used by Murphy Moose.

If you are an Vedeneyev M14 radial engine owner, or even thinking you might be, pay attention. I'm talking to you Murphy Moose builders now. Monty Barrett, principal at Barrett Precision Engines in Tulsa, Oklahoma, wants to help. He's put a lot of time and energy (even went to Russia) trying to fix some of the key issues with the M14 engine, and has developed Gemini, a complete, standalone system for replacing the engine's heavy magneto ignition system. Continue reading "A Modern M14 Ignition System for Your Moose"