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Saturday, September 14, 2019, was a big day in Mobile, Alabama… the grand opening of Continental Aerospace Technologies’ new 275,000-square-foot design and manufacturing facility. Announced March 27, 2017, the facility represents a $75 million investment in general aviation. It will consolidate operations currently conducted in 10 or more separate buildings, some dating to WW-II, as […]
In search of the good stuff.
The Continental diesel RV-10.
162 ways to turn fuel into thrust.
Wittman Buttercup, on wheel skis. The owner uses it to fly north and go ice fishing. Our resident aerodynamicist was intrigued by its unusual wingtips.
Ahhh, Oshkosh; airplanes, friends… and landscaping? Yes, there is a small army of EAA employees who (among other things) cut the grass and shovel wood chips so you don’t walk in the mud.
AirVenture must have 500 engines on display… real ones, mockups, and a few which are pure fantasy. Most are the same old thing in a different color. However, here is one you do NOT see every day, a Gnome Monosoupape 100 rotary. That’s a rotary, not a radial; The crankshaft is fixed to the airframe, […]
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.
Want to cushion your tail? We spotted this Airframes Alaska T3 sprung and damped tailwheel assembly on the STi at the Kitfox display. Most readers would immediately recognize the company’s most popular product, Alaska Bushwheels balloon tires.
There are many sights and sounds at a fly-in, but yesterday, while in my tent, I realized there was a background music I’ve never before noticed. It was the metallic “tink, tink, tink” of many hammers driving tiedown stakes. In Homebuilt Camping at Oshkosh, it can grow to the level of cicadas on a summer […]