BOB'S FRESH AERO BLOG
We now have the Sonex pre-formed acrylic lens and lens mounting retainers for the Fresh Aero TLR Light and are on our shopping cart now.These lens mount with just two retainers, top and bottom and mate accurately with the wing leading edge profile. The one piece retainers are precision machined with threaded holes for easy screw mounting. The screws heads are small and low profile for a great streamlined look.
The detailed step by step manual and templates will guide you easily through the entire leading edge cut-out and lens install process.
The lens kits include everything you'll need to mount the lens - the lens, retainers, screws and foam seal. The manual outlines what you'll need to cut the lens opening.
At only 32 dollars, we're confident you'll be very pleased with these Sonex Lens kits.
Click here to go to the TLR Light and Lens Kit Page on our web site
The RV and other lens kits will follow soon. Please contact us for more information.
Bob at Fresh Aero
We've finished prototyping and testing and have begun fabrication of the long awaited Cessna stainless steel tiedown eyebolts. And they're on our shopping cart now!
These eyebolts have the same eye dimensions, strength and quality as the eyebolts listed above but are fabricated with the long shanks needed for the Cessna 150/152, Skyhawk and other Cessnas.
The 5/16 inch shanks are 2 1/8 inches overall with a 1 5/8 inch grip and 1/2 inch long 516-24 thread at the end of the shank - just like the original Cessna hardware.
These forged 316 stainless steel eyebolts have the same or higher load strength as the original Cessna eyebolts and they look absolutely great - and even better on your Cessna.
They do cost more than our other stainless eyebolts because they cost considerably more to fabricate.
We'll post more photos depicting these eyebolts on Cessna aircraft soon.
Click here for more information and thanks for waiting.
LEDs have many advantages in aircraft. Price, efficiency, longevity, quality of light - the list goes on and on. But that's already been said, so let's discuss one possible downside.
If there is a downside to LEDs, it's that they are very sensitive to voltage fluctuations. You seldom notice small voltage fluctuations in incandescent bulbs because their filaments react relatively slowly to changes in voltage due to relatively slow filament heating and cooling and hence brightness levels.
LEDs are quick "on or off" devices that react quickly to any change in voltage - even small changes. There's no gradual reduction or increase in brightness when LEDs "see" a voltage spike or drop - it's either at one level or another. That's why you see LEDs flicker with voltage fluctuations and you don't perceive the flicker with incandescent bulbs.
If you're experiencing LED "flicker", here are some possible "fixes".
The first thing I would look at is the voltage regulator. If you still have an original regulator, it might not be "smoothing out" the alternator output properly. It might be time for a replacement. Voltage regulator technology has improved significantly and the newer regulators do a great job in delivering a smooth and consistent voltage output.
Also check all the wiring and connectors from your battery and alternator to the input of the LEDs for corrosion, fraying, abrasion, shorting and security.
Of course, your alternator, with its diode circuitry, is also suspect but I would look at the less expensive components first.
I hope this helps if you're experiencing LED Flicker
Thread size is 5/16-24 for Grumman aircraft and 3/8-16 for RV’s – these eye bolts will fit perfectly.
Hello fellow aviators,
Well, it's been hectic here. We're building up products for the AYA Grumman Convention in St Simons Island in Georgia in addition to filling current orders and that's the excuse I'm giving for my delinquency in not updating this blog. I know -- I need to get better at providing updates.
I'll try a new strategy in the future. I'll take short notes on the day to day happenings around here and then share some of the more interesting ones with you on this blog. There's a lot to talk about but, if I don't write it down as it happens, I loose the train of thought because we quickly move on to the next pressing issue. That's the plan anyway.
On to Powder Coating
Did you know that we provide quality powder coating on just about any metal part -- and at decent prides too. The selection of colors and textures is absolutely overwhelming! We hope to get these colors on our web site soon.
We've coated Lycoming valve covers with some really stunning colors and they look great if you want to show off your engine. The cost for a basic base coat (any color) and a heavy clear coat is about 15 dollars per cover. We hope to offer a valve cover exchange program in the future. Just pick a color and texture and we'll have a replacement set ready to ship to you when you send us your covers.
Please call us for a quote for other parts you would like powder coated. We're confident you'll be very pleased the the results.
I'll wrap it up for for now. So till next time, Bob at Fresh aero