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!"
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"