A Boot “What’s-it?”

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While trolling through the bins of assorted parts and treasures at the B&B Airparts booth today, we ran across this odd piece of rubber that looks like a witches hat that got caught in the laundry rollers. I’m not sure which part of a Piper wears boots, but I did think it showed promise as a pushrod weather boot to keep cold air from flowing from an RV wing into the fuselage. For $7.50 each, I do believe that this is one “certified” airplane part that can be installed for less money than the typical boot made by homebuilders out of vinyl or nylon.

They only had a few left however, so if you’re at the show you better move fast if you want a pair!

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Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen, and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor, as well as a former member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

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