Fisher and D-Motor

Fisher Flying Products has been recently awarded the Canadian Dealership for D-Motor engines! The D-Motor engine is a revolutionary engine that uses a Retro design philosophy. Current engine designs almost exclusively utilize an overhead valve arrangement which has been an evolutionary result of the need for increased volumetric efficiency as RPM increases. This has been driven by the racing industry be it in auto, motorcycle, boat or aircraft racing. More horsepower either needs bigger displacement or higher RPMs. Look at ships. Huge horsepower with low RPM and a resultant huge weight. On the other end, look at motorcycle engines. 5 valves and 12,000rpm equals high HP per Litre. D-Motor engines are torque motors. Large pistons and short throws. Another term Continue reading Fisher and D-Motor

The Purchase of Fisher Flying Products

I have been conspicuously absent from this blog for quite some time. In March of this year I heard that Fisher Flying Products was up for sale. I have been a supplier of metal parts to them for a number of years now and because of that, the owner approached me to see if I was interested in taking over. This has been a big endeavor for me as I am still working my full time day job. With the support of my family though, I have been able to purchase the company and move it to Dorchester Ontario. Fisher Flying Products is the largest manufacturer in the world of full size wooden aircraft kits. We manufacture kit components for Continue reading The Purchase of Fisher Flying Products

Hangar Warmth, Paint and Snowdrifts :-(

I went out to the hangar yesterday to turn the thermostat on the wall heater up so that we could put another coat of epoxy floor paint this morning. I unlocked the door and went to push it open. Wouldn’t you know! It pushed back. I got it open just a crack to discover that there was a snowdrift behind the door! Three feet high! It took me 2 hours of shoveling to clear out all of the snow that had some how along with our good friend the wind lift the door flapper and allow things to run amok. Well, after thoroughly freezing my buns off I managed to get the thermostat turned up. This morning my partner Charlie Continue reading Hangar Warmth, Paint and Snowdrifts :-(

Vernier vs. Lever Style Engine Controls – RV10

Here is a photo of the engine control quadrant that I installed on my RV-10. I always thought that I would like to have the same style lever quadrant that was in the Piper PA-28-140 that I learned to fly in. Although this unit is very well made and operates smoothly, I have found it to be difficult to use in my RV-10. The main reason for this is the mounting position and the resolution you can attain for micro adjusting the levers. After having flown a number of Cessnas over the years, I have some experience with vernier type push-pull throttle and mixture cables. In a C172 you do not need to worry about fine adjustments as few of Continue reading Vernier vs. Lever Style Engine Controls – RV10

Gearbox Home at Last!

Good Morning, I drove to Port Huron MI on Friday and picked up my Auto PSRUs BW350 gearbox and I am very excited to get it out to the hangar. The only thing holding me back from getting the gearbox reinstalled on the engine in my RV-10 is the weather. We have been under siege here in Southwestern Ontario as of late. The snow just keeps coming and coming. The temperatures have been consistently below -10degC during the day and as low as -30degC at night. Not very conclusive for working in an unheated hangar. Here is a photo of the gearbox in the shipping crate. Stuart did a great job of packing it and as such it arrived from Continue reading Gearbox Home at Last!

YouTube Video of Engine Running On Test Stand

Fellow LS1 Aviation Engine Enthusiasts, I have received a link to a YouTube video of my gearbox running on the test stand. Stuart Davis sent me this video so that I could see it running for the first time since my old gearbox failed. It was wonderful to see it swinging a prop again.   You can see the video here: Auto PSRU Gearbox on LS1 Stuart told me that the testing of synthetic lubricants in the gearbox is complete and that he is going to be shipping it back to me next week. I can’t wait to get it hung on my engine again. My MT propeller has been sitting on the floor for over a year and I Continue reading YouTube Video of Engine Running On Test Stand

Great Gearbox News – 100th Post

Hi Everyone, Great News today on what is my 100th post! I received word from Stuart Davis at Auto PSRUs that my gearbox has been thoroughly tested and now has 10.5 hours on the test stand. The gearbox has functioned very well and the oiling system has done the job of lubricating the bearings and supplying oil to the prop governor admirably. Stuart is doing the final oil analysis and checking the filter media before packing it up to ship back to me. I will have it in my hot little hands in a week. You know what this means! I am going to have to get moving on getting the hangar’s heated work room finished and start working in Continue reading Great Gearbox News – 100th Post