Clever New Gascolator


Flyboy Accessories is showing a new fuel filtering device in their booth at Sun ‘n Fun – a gascolator/fuel strainer that mounts into the belly of the aircraft and incorporates a streamlined fuel drain and cleanable filter. The filter is accessed by depressing a safety plunger and unscrewing the entire center (using the quick drain fairing as a handle), and pulling it out the bottom of the plane.

Cleaning a normal gascolator or fuel filter usually takes a good deal of time, with cowl removal as just the beginning. This new and unique configuration can be cleaned in a minute or two, without removing any covers or cowling. Beautifully machined, the unit is built by Aerolab, and Italian company, and sells for $250.

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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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