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Master Mechanic Introduces Swift Driver

Master Mechanic has introduced a new-and-improved screwdriver—the Swift Driver. The Swift Driver speeds up the often-tedious process by doubling the tool’s driving speed through a continuous handle-twisting action.

It works in a similar process to a ratcheting screwdriver with a bearing and sleeve design, but it doesn’t have to reverse itself before going forward. By holding the collar and twisting the handle back and forth, the Swift Driver continues to drive in the same direction with twice the driving efficiency, the company says.

The driver has a soft grip with a high-impact plastic handle. The base has a knurled steel collar for positive grip and a reversing switch for changing directions. The shaft has a magnetic catch and accepts standard hex-shanked bits, which are stored inside the tool’s handle.

The 29-piece driver tool includes seven Phillips bits, three slotted, three square, four star, six SAE nut driver bits, a flexible extension to access hard-to-reach areas, plus a case, and is backed by a lifetime warranty. The Swift Driver retails for $24.99, and is available at True Value.

For more information, visit www.truevalue.com.

Aircraft Spruce Launches Online Magazine, Offers Simplified FAR/AIM

Aircraft Spruce has announced a new online magazine for homebuilders along with news that it is now carrying a simplified FAR/AIM book for pilots.

To launch the new online magazine, Perspectives on Homebuilding, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty presented the perspectives of two pillars of the homebuilding community, Paul Poberezny and his son, Tom. In the future, the online magazine will share the views of kit manufacturers, designers and the people who are expanding the flight line with homebuilt projects. Two articles will be added to the web site each month.

Aircraft Spruce also now carries The FAR/AIM In Plain English by Jason Schappert. The book omits everything you don’t need to know for your Sport Pilot or Private Pilot certificate. The balance of the traditional FAR/AIM reference book has been translated into conversational English that pilots and student pilots can apply to their everyday flying. If understanding the rules and regulations has been a stumbling block to achieving your piloting goals, this book may help. The price is $29.95.

For more information about the online magazine or the book, visit www.aircraftspruce.com.

Rubber Replacement Kits for Rotax Engines

California Power Systems now carries Rotax 912 engine rubber replacement kits. These kits are furnished with the parts most commonly needed for the five-year engine service requirement. They were developed by Roger Lee for the Flight Design CT, but will work for other aircraft. Just measure the fuel, oil and coolant lines for lengths needed for your particular installation. If specific lengths are needed, contact California Power Systems before purchasing, as the parts will need to be ordered individually rather than by kit part number. The price for the kit is $859.02.

For more information, visit www.800-airwolf.com or call 800-AIRWOLF (800/247-9653) and reference part number 15-08189.

To submit a press release on a homebuilt-related product, e-mail a detailed description and high-resolution photograph to [email protected]. Mailing address is KITPLANES®, New Products, P.O. Box 315, Ashland, OR 97520.

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