Monthly Archives: November 2018

Possible fit conflict with carburetor air temperature probe and Power Flow exhaust

Some aircraft equipped with an optional carburetor heat probe are finding that there is close contact between the probe and the Power Flow tuned exhaust system. Here is what we recommend:

Unfortunately some of the probes and the outer spring around the wire used for carburetor air temperature are very long and the outer spring portion makes the wire want to stick straight out of the probe by 1.5-2.0 inches thus running into or very near the Power Flow heat shroud. When we encounter this and it is the spring portion of the probe that is the problem, our advice has been to allow for an indention in the heater shroud provided that contact is not made with the underlying tubes and accept that the probe spring portion will have to be bent. This seems to have no ill effect on the operation of the probe.

An indentation on the Power Flow shroud is not a warranty violation provided it does not make contact with the underlying tubes.

Rusty Pilot Takes Up GA Flying Again

November 19, 2018


Rusty Pilot Takes Up GA Flying Again

     Fernandina Beach, FL – Tom Piscatello, who recently turned 78, has returned to GA flying in a Grumman Tiger. He never got away from flying completely as he traded his first Grumman for an LSA. Attracted to Sport Flying by the absence of a medical requirement and the economy of flying with a fuel burn below 5 GPH, lower maintenance costs, and reduced insurance rates, Tom embraced LSA flight for ten years, and served on the LSA’s ASTM Committee.

     Like a number of people before him, however, the trade-off in economy caught up with his desires to fly cross country. Over his decade of involvement, Tom lost a number of his like-minded friends to “aging out” and passing. He also grew a little tired of what he called the “go nowhere in particular type of flying”. So, after landing on a sod strip and losing his LSA to a soft patch of sand that won an argument with his nose wheel, he decided to return to the world of Part 23 General Aviation.  The decision was made easier by the fact that he had been maintaining currency as both a CFI and an IFR rated pilot all along. Desiring to preserve the economical aspect of flying, he bought another AA5B, and, as was the case when he got his original Tiger, he immediately installed a Power Flow Tuned Exhaust System, in order to reduce the fuel flow and enhance his climb performance. “Now I’ll have one of the best birds in the sky again,” said Tom. “It’s nice to be home flying faster and going further. I don’t regret my LSA experience, and consider myself extremely fortunate to have made a safe transition back to a Part 23 aircraft.” Tom takes a safety pilot along, when he can, for flying IFR and enjoys taking three kids up for Young Eagle flights instead of one, in VFR conditions.

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