Tempest Plus Marketing Group (TPMG) announced the immediate availability of the Tempest® Easy Drain oil filter drain tool--a product innovation specifically engineered to help owners and aviation maintenance technicians rethink the way they change their oil. Now, with the Easy Drain tool, routine maintenance is easier, faster, less messy, and less expensive. Continue reading "Tempest Introduces Easy Drain Oil Filter Drain Tool"
How many of you have replaced the front crankshaft seal on a Lycoming engine? Yeah....I see a lot of hands up, which is what I figured. These seals can last the life of an engine, or be problematic children that seal and leak and get replaced a bunch of times in a short number of hours. My hypothesis is that it all has to do with how clean you get the bore. Or what adhesive you use. Or how you hold your tongue when you apply the sealant. Or... well, you get the point - probably a lot of things. Continue reading "Front Seal Tool"
We had everything but a jack- all the tools we needed to change a tail wheel on our Tundra were a set of pliers, a 3/4" wrench to pull the axle, and a pair of 7/16" sockets (and drive handles) to split the rims. Oh yeah - a source of compressed air to inflate the tube as well. Fortunately, the mountain ranch resort where we had landed for the evening was self-sufficient - they had to be, since the only way in or out is by air, or horse. So they had a bottle jack and small piece of plywood to keep it from sinking into the soil. Continue reading "Field Fixin'"
One thing about having multiple airplanes around - it takes a considerable amount of time to keep them all happy and healthy. (Hint - if you end up with more than one, try not to have both of their condition inspections due in the same month, especially don't have them in the same month when the weather in your hangar isn't conducive to doing maintenance and inspections.) Continue reading "Care and Feeding"
A new how-to video from the Experimental Aircraft Association gives certificated aircraft owners a better understanding of preventive maintenance and ways to save money by personally completing some of the tasks.
Aircraft Ownership: Understanding Owner Preventive Maintenance is a multi-part video series combined on one DVD. It shows certificated aircraft owners how to legally maintain an aircraft in accordance with FAA preventive maintenance regulations. Continue reading "New EAA DVD Saves You Time and Money on Aircraft Preventive Maintenance"
Im sure that most VFR aviators have heard over and over again that adding an instrument rating will make them a better pilot. It's not that adding the rating is going to let them launch into ay kind of weather, and make their flying as reliable as buying an airline ticket—it won't (unless they can afford a true all-weather aircraft, and in that case, they can probably afford to hire a full-time pilot as well). But adding the rating gives a person a totally different framework for their flying—a rigorous structure that centers on being procedural, doing things the same way every time, and sharpening up their precision in all of their flying. Sure, you can do all of those things as a VFR pilot, and many do—but getting the instrument ticket forces the process. Continue reading "Adding Rigor"