A Boot “What’s-it?”


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
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 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.


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