Airforms awarded PMA for Cessna 208 tail tie-down handle

BIG LAKE, ALASKA — Adding to its growing list of FAA PMA approved parts available in support of the world’s Caravan fleets, Airforms, Inc. has received FAA PMA approval for part number AF2612035-1, the Caravan Tail Tie-Down Handle.

The part is a direct replacement for Cessna P/N 2612035-1, and is eligible for installation on all Cessna model 208 and 208B aircraft. It is a precision fit, drop-in replacement for the OEM component, Airforms officials noted.

Aircraft interface is unchanged, as is interface with your existing tail stand. The part comes primed and ready for installation.

Airforms’ Chief Engineer Kyle Taylor explains, “We have been working with the fleet operators to identify opportunities for potential cost savings, while providing quality components that will stand the test of daily operations in some of the world’s harshest environments. We will continue to pinpoint these needs, and to offer solutions that provide both short-term and long-term savings for our customers.”

Airforms is a supplier of replacement engine baffles for a wide range of general aviation aircraft; products also include an expanding line of turboprop aircraft PMA parts, STCs, and hard to source parts for fleet operators. Airforms maintains an FAA approved manufacturing system for PMA parts, supported by an engineering department with FAA DER staff engineers.

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Keep your electronics charged

Pilots have plenty of batteries to keep charged these days, from iPads to smartphones to portable ADS-B receivers. Many of these gadgets require special high amp charging devices, and Sporty’s now offers a complete selection of pilot-tested gear to meet these needs.

The Dual 2.1 Amp Cigarette Lighter Adapter [#7565A – $14.95] plugs into any cockpit power plug (12 or 24V) and provides two high amp USB ports. It’s ideal for charging an iPad and Stratus at the same time.

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Aircraft Spruce carries tire pressure monitor systems


A new Wireless Tire Pressure/Temperature LCD Monitor (TPMS) is now available from Aircraft Spruce.

tpmsWith the flip of a switch, this battery-operated, hand-held unit displays the actual tire pressure and tire temperature. Small removable electronic valve sensors transmit pressure/temperature to the LCD monitor within 25-50 feet of the aircraft. The sensors can be easily removed when adding air to the tires, and when placing the sensors back on the valve stems, the new pressure readings are sent to the LCD monitor. Pressure can be read as PSI, KPA, BAR, or KG/CM squared. Temperature can be read in Centigrade or Fahrenheit. The monitor also has an alarm setting for high or low pressure.

Price: $298.95.

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Free Miller TIG Buyer’s Guide released


Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has released a free TIG Buyer’s Guide designed to help the reader make sense of the variety of AC and DC TIG options currently available and to find the best welder to fit his or her needs.

tig-buyers-guideThe guide also includes a section on how AC TIG controls affect aluminum welding, a chart that allows the reader to compare all Miller TIG welders at a glance and in-depth information on each Miller TIG welder.

The guide is available for free, either by download or by mail, by visiting the Order Literature tab at the top of the or by calling 800-4-A-Miller (800-426-4553).

Vernier throttle quadrant for sim now available


VR Aircraft has added a new push/pull vernier throttle quadrant to its range of semi-scale, single and twin engine throttle quadrants for personal computer simulators.

simThe new TQT-050 Vernier throttle quadrant uses an industrial grade screw mechanism to increase or decrease the controls precisely.

Throttle quadrants are modular, so each control can be ordered individually. The three control unit (pictured) includes an individual engine throttle, propeller pitch, and mixture control.

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