Early morning is the time for flight testing, especially in summer, and especially in the high desert! Today's mission was to do the first flight of a friend's RV-4 after he decided to upgrade from a fixed-pitch prop on a stock O-320 to a constant speed equipped O-360 with high compression pistons. I helped him build the engine from a box of parts (a Superior kit) and then he re-did the entire firewall forward, including modified cowl and just about everything else. It was a process that started the first of the year, and it took six months because, well... it took six months. That's sometimes just the way it is in the airplane world, waiting on custom parts, and then waiting again if you find a cable an inch short - and other things like that. Continue reading "Flight Test Morning"
Joining Superior Air Parts in the 2018 Oshkosh Forum Series are RAM Aircraft, Hartzell Propeller, CamGuard, Don's Dream Machines, Aviation Product Services and others are scheduled to present educational sessions during the daily sessions at Superior's Oshkosh tent #257. Continue reading "Superior Air Parts 2018 Forum Schedule"
At Sun 'n Fun 2018 we interviewed Jeff Schans, Lycoming's Sales manager and we asked about the popular Thunderbolt Engines.
Watch the short Product Minute video as Jeff describes the benefits of the Thunderbolt product line and what it means for the aircraft homebuilder. Continue reading "Product Minute: Lycoming Thunderbolt Engines"
Verner Motor showed off its new 9-cylinder radial engine in Steve Wolf's one-off scaled-down aerobatic airplane. The new engine makes 158 hp for three minutes and 136 hp continuously. It should be a good fit for homebuilders looking for that vintage look. Continue reading "Verner Radial Engine"
Arion Aircraft of Shelbyville, Tennessee has been appointed as the North American importer and distributor for Jabiru Engines, FWF Kits and Jabiru Parts. Arion Aircraft will be the exclusive importer and will market the full line engines and parts manufactured in Australia by Jabiru Aircraft Pty, Ltd. Continue reading "Arion Aircraft to be Distributor for Jabiru Engines, FWF Kits and Parts in North America"
After decades of developing innovative methods of building stock and hot-rodded experimental Lycomings and Continentals, Visalia, California based Ly-Con is adding square footage to its operation. Growing capabilities in engine dyno testing, cryogenic treatment and a burgeoning parts department are the main drivers of the expansion. Continue reading "Ly-Con Expands"