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New EAA DVD Saves You Time and Money on Aircraft Preventive Maintenance

New EAA DVD Saves You Time and Money on Aircraft Preventive Maintenance

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (April 13, 2017) — A new how-to video from the Experimental Aircraft Association gives certificated aircraft owners a better understanding of preventive maintenance and ways to save money by personally completing some of the tasks.

Aircraft Ownership: Understanding Owner Preventive Maintenance is a multi-part video series combined on one DVD. It shows certificated aircraft owners how to legally maintain an aircraft in accordance with FAA preventive maintenance regulations.

“There are many tasks that a certificated aircraft owner can do that are completely legal under FAA regulations and will save money,” said Charlie Becker, EAA’s director of chapters, communities and homebuilt community manager. “This DVD will help those aircraft owners plan maintenance and have confidence in what they can do themselves and when to go to the next level.”

More than four hours of video are organized in easy-to-follow categories, so a viewer can find exactly what is needed. Included are extensive discussions of the legal and technical requirements, plus dozens of hands-on demonstrations with step-by-step guidance on basic preventive maintenance projects. 

The demonstrations include such areas as:

• Landing gear and tires

• Safety wire and cotter pin replacement

• Hydraulic fluids

• Safety belts and seat parts

• Landing and position lights

• Spark plugs and batteries

• Fuel and oil screens and filters

The video segments are hosted by Dick and Bob Koehler, EAA SportAir Workshop instructors, who each hold Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic certificates with Inspection Authorization (IA) privileges. Their vast knowledge and teaching skill provide the knowledge and techniques needed to perform basic preventive maintenance procedures.

The DVD is available at for $36.95, with special discounts for EAA members.


SAIB: CE-18-07 Exhaust Turbocharger; V-band Couplings Used in Exhaust Systems on Turbocharged Reciprocating Engine Powered Aircraft

From the FAA: This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin alerts owners, operators, maintenance technicians, and inspectors of an airworthiness concern, specifically failure of v-band couplings used in exhaust systems on turbocharged aircraft. Cracks originating out of a spot weld, on multi-segment, spot welded, v-band couplings have led to separation of the outer band and failure of the v-band coupling to retain the tailpipe or exhaust inlet pipe on all turbocharged, reciprocating engine powered aircraft, including rotorcraft.

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CiES Magnetic Fuel Level Senders Available at Aircraft Spruce & Specialty

CiES Magnetic Fuel Level Senders Available at Aircraft Spruce & Specialty

The CiES digital fuel quantity system utilizes a high technology sensor system that allows repeatable accurate measurement of fuel in aircraft tank. This high technology and patented sensor system allows fuel measurements down to a change in fuel level to less than 0.03 of an inch. This measurement represents much less than 10ths of a gallon of AVGAS or Jet A. The non-contact measurement method insures a lifetime of operation providing the same consistent fuel level output in the cockpit with modern digital fuel indication.

Find CiES’s entire aviation line here:

For more information, contact us at 1-877-477-7823 or 1-951-372-9555. 

Aircraft Spruce’s complete product line is available at as well as through the company’s free 1,000+ page catalog.


Upcoming Nomination Deadline for the  Robert J. Collier Trophy

Upcoming Nomination Deadline for the Robert J. Collier Trophy

Part of NAA's mission is identifying and recognizing those who have contributed to the "art, sport and science of aviation and space flight in the United States." NAA presents more than a dozen awards throughout each year to honor achievements in aviation and space. 

The nomination period for the Collier Trophy is now open through January 31, 2018.

 If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Berry at 703-416-4888, Ext. 104 or email .

Robert J. Collier Trophy

Awarded annually "for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year." The list of Collier winners represents a timeline of aviation, as many of the awardees mark major events in the history of flight.

 * New nomination guidelines for the Collier Trophy are now in effect.  Please click here for more information. 

Nomination Deadline: January 31, 2018


The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) is the oldest national aviation organization in the United States. A non-profit association, NAA is "dedicated to the advancement of the art, sport and science of aviation and space flight in the United States." NAA encompasses all areas of flight from skydiving and models to commercial airlines, military aircraft, and spaceflight.



Continental Motors named Manufacturer of the Year

Continental Motors named Manufacturer of the Year

Mobile, Alabama, December 12, 2017 — Continental Motors Group (CMG) announced today that the Mobile Chamber of Commerce named Continental Motors Inc., its North American manufacturing center, as “Manufacturer of the Year” for 2017. This annual award recognizes companies for their economic growth and commitment to the local community. 

“Continental has long been the cornerstone of our ever-growing aviation sector," said Troy Wayman, the Chamber's Vice-President of Economic Development, Mobile Chamber of Commerce. "Their world-class engines and reputation shine a spotlight on Mobile on the international stage. Continental has played an integral role in helping Mobile's aerospace cluster grow and flourish. We are proud that Continental calls Mobile home. They are the perfect example of how manufacturing continues to thrive in Alabama!”, he added. 

Continental Motors moved from Michigan to Mobile, Alabama, in 1966 and established its manufacturing, engineering, sales, and technical support operations at the Mobile Downtown Airport (now Brookley Aeroplex).  Since that move, the company has produced more than 100,000 aircraft engines to power small aircraft around the world. CMG renewed its commitment to Mobile, Alabama and the General Aviation community earlier this year with the announcement of a major multi-year investment to build a greenfield factory, office and technical support center at the same location. 

“We are extremely honored by this award that recognizes the hard work of our team. We have a deep commitment to the Mobile Bay area and to the Brookley Aeroplex Park. CMG has been rooted in Mobile for over 51 years now, and we plan our future in the same place while modernizing our infrastructures and continuing to invest in our future.”  Said Rhett Ross, President, and CEO of the Continental Motors Group.

The brand-new building will cover a surface area of over 260,000 square feet and will be complete by the end of 2018.  The facility will include both office and manufacturing spaces that incorporate modern, lean techniques and will support the enhancement of its technology development and customer support capabilities. Continental Motors is investing over $70 million in the latest manufacturing equipment, modern new building, advanced manufacturing processes, quality management systems and customer support. This will allow continued future growth and allow customers worldwide to benefit from after-sales services 24/7 worldwide.


Add Before Flight: New Icom Handheld

Add Before Flight: New Icom Handheld

Head in the right direction with Icom’s new A25 Series. A powerful air band VHF radio, the A25 series expands communication coverage and enhances aircraft safety. Output power has increased to 6W (PEP). Plus, its easy-to-use interface and large 2.3-inch LCD display combine to provide stress-free programing and easy in-flight operation. Choose between two versions, NAV/COM or COM only.

 The new A25 series is full of features that are on a pilot’s must-have list. The “Flip-Flop” channel feature allows pilots to store the last 10 channels used, and easily switch between them. The large LCD display provides a user-friendly, graphic screen. Select night mode for easy viewing in dark environments. The A25 series also includes a large 2350mAh LI battery, providing up to 10.5 hours of operating time.

The navigation features in the A25N will change the way pilots fly. Design flight plans with an Android™ or iOS™ device and import them into the A25N with the Bluetooth® feature. While using GPS, the waypoint NAV will guide pilots to their destination. Up to 10 flight plans and 300 waypoints can be stored in the A25N. Other navigational features, like VOR indicators, can help keep a pilot’s heading precise and alert them if they divert from course. All these functions and more increase safety up in the air.

For more information, contact your local authorized Icom Dealer.

Garmin Pilot grows feature set for iOS and Android mobile devices

Garmin Pilot grows feature set for iOS and Android mobile devices

Garmin is pleased to announce the addition of new features for the Garmin Pilot application for Android and iOS mobile devices. Garmin Pilot 6.2 for Android incorporates approach chart overlays on the moving map, enhancements to stadium TFR’s, glide range ring, logbook tracks and more, while the 9.1 version of Garmin Pilot for iOS adds a new high resolution basemap, worldwide gridded winds and a streamlined Connext devices page. Within the iOS version, pilots can also access aircraft performance profiles, checklists and weight and balance data for additional aircraft types.

 Android 6.2

Chart overlays

Pilots that utilize Garmin FliteCharts now have the option to overlay instrument approach procedures (IAPs) on the moving map. The chart overlays may be displayed in North Up or Track up while flying, offering a seamless transition from the enroute to approach phase of flight.

Glide Range Ring

Garmin Pilot offers pilots the option to display a glide range ring on the moving map within Android mobile devices. The glide range ring is depicted as a cyan ring around the estimated area that can be reached by the aircraft in a best glide configuration. Range is based on Best Glide (VG) speed and the glide ratio entered by the pilot within the aircraft profile, which then utilizes the aircraft’s altitude and wind to determine range ring distance. The option to shape the glide range ring for rising terrain that may interfere with the aircraft’s glide range is also available.

 Additional features for Android mobile devices

  • Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) specific to stadiums incorporate unique coloring to denote when the TFR is active or inactive. Blue TFRs depict the event is between 1-7 days in the future, yellow TFRs indicate the event is within 24 hours and red TFRs depict the TFR is active.
  • GPS-based tracks can now be embedded within a logbook entry, which displays a geo-referenced map of the associated flight so pilots can easily recall recent flight history and tie it to their electronic logbook within Garmin Pilot.
  • Automatic downloads file updates and next cycles of existing data and charts and are automatically downloaded to a mobile device as they become available so pilots always have the most up-to-date information.
  • Flight plans can be manually sorted and stored either alphabetically or in a customized fashion as determined by the pilot.


iOS 9.1


Utilizing OpenStreetMap, pilots now have access to high resolution, detailed street maps for improved situational awareness. OpenStreetMaps display street names, parks, railways and other pertinent landmarks such as golf courses and schools. These high resolution maps are available as part of a standard Garmin Pilot subscription and once downloaded to a tablet, are accessible while on the ground and in-flight.

Additional features for iOS mobile devices

  • Garmin Pilot now incorporates gridded winds aloft forecast data based on the Global Forecast System (GFS) weather model.
  • The Garmin Pilot aircraft library has been expanded to include new performance profiles, checklists and weight & balance data for Beechcraft, Cessna, Cirrus, Van’s aircraft and more.
  • A new Connext Devices Page displays the associated Connext-enabled device along with symbology that depicts the specific features it supports.