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Wicks Aircraft Offers Comprehensive O-Ring Assortment

Wicks Aircraft is now offering a large yet inexpensive solution to the problem of finding the right O-ring at the right time.

“The temptation is always there to re-use things like O-rings, and the result is too-often a leaky seal,” says Wicks president Scott Wick. “Having to take time to find or order O-rings makes that temptation even greater. With our Home Builders Kit (HMBK-1), there are lots of sizes, and lots of O-rings in each size; and it’s less-expensive in time and money than running to the supply shop for just a couple individual O-rings.”

With 382 O-rings made of a 70 durometer nitrile polymer and sized from 006 to 327, the O-rings store easily in their protective plastic box that keeps everything sorted.

The HMBK-1 can pay for itself the first time it solves a problem. Ideal for home workshop, Chapter hangar, or professional service center, the HMBK-1 is priced at $32.19, and is available immediately.

For more information, visit www.wicksaircraft.com.

AeroLEDs Introduces the SunSpot 46 Landing/Recognition Light

AeroLEDs has developed a larger, more powerful light that can be used for landing, recognition and taxi purposes. Although it only consumes 70 watts maximum in power, the SunSpot produces 4000 lumens. The legacy lights it replaces, like the GE4553 which draws 250 watts, develop 3750 lumens when new.

The larger SunSpots are available in two models, the 46 HX and 46 LX. Both lights have screw terminals that can be connected in either polarity for steady on light, and the HX has three additional wires that support a built-in pulse mode that can be set up for individual pulsing or synchronized with other lights for wig-wag. The weight, 11 ounces, and dimensions, 5.6-inch diameter x 1.7-inch depth, of the SunSpot 46 are no greater than the legacy lights they replace. As with all AeroLEDs, SunSpots have a rated life of 50,000 hours and will withstand temperatures of -67°F to +158°F (-55°C to +70°C). Both versions of the SunSpot can operate on 14VDC or 28VDC systems.

The SunSpot 46 LX sells for $650, and the 46 HX is priced at $750. At this time, they can be installed in Experimental aircraft, special use aircraft and LSAs. A PMA for certified aircraft is expected this summer. For further information visit www.AeroLEDs.com.

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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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