Applied Research - the Search Process


I have always found that the success in a highly technical endeavor that encompasses a vast sea of knowledge is not about memorizing everything that you can (although some are successful at doing it that way) - but in knowing how to get ahold of the information you need when you need it. In the old days, that meant remembering which reference book you needed to got to in order to find the specifications for a particular integrated circuit, or the allowable number of defects in a Sitka Spruce spar blank... or in knowing who to go to that had that information memorized! Continue reading "Applied Research - the Search Process"

CleanParts Offers Rental Program, a division of Alliance Manufacturing, Inc. of Fond du Lac, WI designs and builds water-based parts cleaning equipment, and now the equipment is available for rent. Continue reading "CleanParts Offers Rental Program"

Favorite Tools

I was working on a part for our Xenos the other day - a fairly complicated bracket to hold an idler bell crank that is part of the aileron control circuit. This bracket was to be made from 2" x 2" aluminum angle, with a right and left half (and a set for each wing). Not only is the shape fairly complicated on the top, the attaching flange has cut-outs on the bottom to clear lightening holes on the rib to which it is mounted. Just laying the thing out from the drawings to the raw stock took an hour of careful measuring and checking - and then it was on to actual metal work. Continue reading "Favorite Tools"

Now THAT's a compressor!

OK shop-hounds, we all like to talk about the size and quality of our air compressors, but I am humbled by what I found on a recent trip to Minnesota and the Soudan Underground Mine. This 100 psi, two-cylinder compressor supplied air for the underground mine continuously for half a century, in volumes enough to probably power every homebuilder in several states simultaneously. Continue reading "Now THAT's a compressor!"

Tempest Easy Drain Tool

Spotted a great tool in the Superior booth, designed to drain the oil from a horizontal oil filter. Just clamp it on, attach a hose to the nipple, and screw in the tee handle, which neatly punches a small hole in the filter case. Continue reading "Tempest Easy Drain Tool"

Aircraft Tool Supply Offering Sale Pricing and Freebies

The ATS 2017 Summer Sale is featured online from July 17th through August 6th 2017. The sale offers exclusive sale pricing and FREE products with specific purchases.

Want to see the tools in person? Visit ATS at EAA AirVenture July 24th-30th 2017 in Hangar D, Booth 4030-4033

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