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 :-(

Axle Spacer Feedback

I received this post on the Matronics RV-10 forum last night and it was a review of the RV-10 Axle Spacers. I was very pleased to receive the feedback from John Gonzales after he received his package in the mail from Cleaveland Tools. Here is what he wrote: “Mine came in the mail today so I haven’t had the opportunity to install them yet, but positive comment is in order. Not only are these stainless steel pieces milled extremely well, but the pre-load spacer’s tight tolerance and fit are very, very close. With no grease on the threaded spacer, it is beautiful to feel how the two parts fit (Glide) together. This is no cheap piece of hardware and they Continue reading Axle Spacer Feedback

RV-10 Heater for Liquid Cooled Engines

Everyone, As you all know by now I am going to install a Corvette LS-1 Engine in my RV-10. I have chosen the conversion package from Geared Drives and will be receiving my engine package next summer. In the mean time I have been working on all of the systems that need to be in place to support this beast. One of those is the cabin heater. I now have the use of hot liquid coolant from the engine to heat the cabin so I have made a heater box that its in the center tunnel just forward of the fuel valve. I called the fine people at British American Transfer (BAT Inc) and ordered a 4 in. SPAL slim Continue reading RV-10 Heater for Liquid Cooled Engines