MultiSump solves fuel testing dilemmas


Checking the fuel on an aircraft with multiple sumps can be messy and tedious. Sporty’s MultiSump is a fuel tester designed to increase capacity without compromising safety.

sump1Unlike a standard fuel tester, which can fill after just a couple of sumps, the MultiSump can handle eight to 10 samplings. You start out like a normal fuel tester by simply drawing a sample and inspecting it. Here’s where the MultiSump becomes useful: You can then “dump” that fuel into a lower reservoir by tipping the sample cup in any direction.

With a stainless steel push rod, no-drip pouring spout, and a quick-acting drain valve, the MultiSump can be operated with one hand.

Price: $24.95.

For more information: 800-SPORTYS or

A new way to buy parts


Sometimes the big ideas in aviation come from the simplest thoughts.

aircraftpartsexpressFor example, Ken Willaford, AI and owner of Aeromech, Inc., a maintenance facility on Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida, stocked lots of parts. In an effort to expand his business, he put a truck on the road as a roving parts store. But  when fuel prices started soaring, he found it wasn’t financially feasible to keep the truck, pay a driver, as well as cover the costs of travel.

But, with a good list of clients around Florida, he thought there had to be a way to service them and their customers in a more economical way.

His thinking resulted in a new business called Aircraft Parts Express, Inc. He sets up kiosks at FBOs stocked with parts that the FBO feels are the best sellers. The FBO can buy the stock or sell it to retail customers, earning a commission on items sold.

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Tools to practice risk management


asaThe new FAA Risk Management Handbook is a tool chest of information and resources on the methods pilots use to assess risk.

This handbook presents methods pilots can use to manage the workloads associated with each phase of flight, resulting in a safer, more enjoyable and less stressful experience for both themselves and their passengers.

The manual covers subjects such as human behavior, identifying and mitigating risk, aeronautical decision-making, single-pilot resource management, automation, and risk management training. Appendices contain a controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) checklist and sample risk management scenarios to aid in setting personal minimums.

Price: $16.95.

For more information: 800-ASA-2-FLY or

Wicked designs for helmets


Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced the Wicked design to its Elite and Digital Elite series of auto-darkening arc armor welding helmets.

elite-wickedThese helmets are designed for professionals and hobbyists who use Stick, MIG, TIG and plasma cutting applications.

For more information: 800-4-A-Miller (800-426-4553) or

VC Jets gains IS-BAO registration


Baldwin Aviation, which became the first firm of its kind to successfully obtain IS-BAO registration in 2007, recently accomplished another first – assisting VC Jets of Carlsbad, Calif., in earning IS-BAO certification, as well.

VC Jets was the first flight department to utilize the Baldwin program to gain IS-BAO registration, according to company officials. [Read more…]