Congratulations, you just purchased or have owned for some time, one of the most successful designs in aviation history. The problem is in the heat of the summer it’s sweltering waiting as you find yourself #3 for departure and it’s 102 degrees on the tarmac. For most pilots, air conditioning is a creature comfort, with the vast majority of the GA fleet not having this as an option, Kelly Aerospace decided to change that.
Now STC’d for Cessna 172, 182T, T182T, 182S, and 206. Kelly Aerospace Thermal Systems provide an all-electric solution to the summer heat that we all hate.
This system has zero effect on engine performance and keeps you cool and refreshed as you fly about for enjoyment or travel for work. Our system was designed to be fully electric and not affect the performance of your aircraft whatsoever.
To receive a free quote or schedule and time to see one of our systems in person, call Walter Dodge at 334-224-0313.
Walter is our personal Renaissance man and is the VP of Operations for our Thermal Division.
Whether you have been a victim of a round of layoffs or a private pilot trying to find creative ways to keep flying on a budget, we all are experiencing some unprecedented times right now. Here are some simple ways to stay in the aviation industry and keep flying during this time of economic uncertainty.
Put that extra rating to good use!
Whether you hold a CFI rating, IA, or A&P certificate, you might find that now is the time to get to work. As challenging as it is to be a CFI, now might be the time to start picking up a few lessons at your local flight school. With the airlines pushing for more pilots in the next 3-5 years, you can make a few extra bucks and build hours teaching during this time. Know someone wanting to do an upgrade or an installation? Now might be the time to take on a few side projects if you are qualified to do so.
As you are well aware, an individual with a PPL may NOT transport personnel or cargo, “for hire”. However, splitting the cost of fuel is permitted between the PIC and passengers, so now might be a great time to pull the trigger on that fishing trip.
Do you have a Commercial Rating? Get creative!
Have you checked into property surveys or aerial photography? Think of individuals or cargo that you could possibly transport or ways to fill logistical needs in your area.
One of the great additions to our processes in 2020 is a high power AmScope Microscope to our final inspection process. This allows every our inspection team to get take a high power look at our finished units before they leave our facility.
Our new 80 power microscope allows us to inspect our block components for carbon tracking, carbon particles can collect in small cracks and develop into problems down the road.
“The Kelly Aerospace Quality Team is committed to adding new technologies to our final inspection process,” says Neil Clark (VP Sales & Marketing) “This addition allows us to go one step further in catching minor imperfections before they leave our facility.”
Doubling down our commitment to quality, this addition allows for a 99.9% rating on all blocks that leaving our facility free of imperfections. Our engineering and development team has made major strides over the last few years to ensure that our processes at Kelly Aerospace continue to improve.
For most aircraft owners in General Aviation, your beloved aircraft is not equipped with an Air Conditioning System. Most often, the problem of adding extra weight exceeds the desire for creature comfort. The Kelly Aerospace Thermal System solves the weight issue at an affordable price with their complete electric system.
Kelly Thermal System’s THERMACOOL All-Electric Air Conditioning technology is pending FAA Certification for the Baron 55 series aircraft. There is no need to wait for the STC as field approvals are available today. field approval is now available. The highly reliable and efficient 28 volt brushless DC motor /compressor which runs on either a ground power supply or the aircraft electrical system provides a 20° F.+ drop in cabin temperature within 5 minutes.
Ground pre-cooling with GPU
20° plus temp drop in 5 minutes
No take-off, landing, or in-flight restrictions
No impact on cruising speeds
Easy-read digital temp/fan control – set it and forget it
Full use of the baggage area
Very efficient cooling – only 45 amps
Lightweight – only 52 lbs. installed
Reliable and efficient hermetically-sealed, brushless DC compressor – R134A
Digital Temperature controller is easy to use. Set the desired temperature and forget it. Freeze protection is built in! The controller has an LED screen, a three-speed fan, and fits nicely into your panel.
Kelly Aerospace Thermal Systems has received STC certification for its All-Electric Air Conditioning System for the Mooney R, S, TN, U, and V models. The Electric System offers freedom from flight restrictions and introduces Ground Cooling to the General Aviation Market. You can now call ahead and have your aircraft “Pre-Cooled” without unlocking the cabin.
This 65-pound system is completely installed in the aft section of the fuselage and has a factory look. The cool air is introduced to the cabin from the overhead for more complete cooling. The system has no scoops, therefore, no airspeed penalties so this incredibly fast airplane is still just as fast.
A digital controller allows for carefree operation of the system while managing your flight. The system is only available for 28-volt aircraft for now.
The receipt of the STC was formally announced at the Mooney Summit in Panama City Beach in September 2019.
Ground cooling with GPU.
Piezo switch included for effortless ground startup Minimum of 20° temperature drop in five minutes.
No take-off or in-flight restrictions.
Maximum of 50 amps at peak load, 45 amps at continuous normal operation.
The entire system weighs estimated at 65.6 pounds installed.
System can be operated on the ground, during taxi, takeoff, cruising, and landing.
Cabin-side components occupy only ½ of hat rack compartment leaving remaining space for storage.
AC system integrated into existing headliner distribution ports.
Simple operation via digital display mounted in the control panel.
The system runs using an 11,500 BTU hermetically sealed, 28-volt brushless DC Compressor Motor.
Enjoy some of the recent pictures of our first installation in a Mooney Ovation.
So your prized aircraft is down for an annual and your A&P says it’s time for your 500hr inspection. Some pilots choose to overlook the importance of the inspection. However, the 500-hour inspection is the single most important magneto service event.
Whether you are an owner, flight school, commercial operator, or engine overhaul shop, you can ensure continuing trouble-free and safe service of an aircraft magneto.
The 500-hour magneto inspection is critical to the safe operation of magnetos. While not a required service action as an airworthiness directive, it is considered critical and mandatory by magneto OEM’s and is considered a good, common-sense maintenance practice by aircraft mechanics.
The 500 hour is scheduled preventative maintenance and to avoid expensive unscheduled maintenance. If a magneto is not inspected every 500 hours, then the risk of an unplanned component failure that can cause inconvenient and unplanned maintenance at a location far from an aircraft owner’s home airport is certain to occur. The cost of one or more nights of hotel, car rental, meals, missed work, lost flight revenue will easily be offset by the relatively small cost of a 500-hour inspection. The inspection is not limited to magnetos which have accumulated 500 hours in service. A 500 hour inspection can be accomplished at any hours of magneto total time in service. In some cases, some magneto and engine combinations may result in the need to perform magneto maintenance more frequently than 500 hours. Pressurized magnetos used on Continental and Lycoming engines operate in demanding, high altitude environments and require more maintenance than other types of magnetos. Dual contact, or retard breaker magnetos that use the Shower of Sparks starting system typically require more frequent maintenance. Magnetos used in Shower of Spark applications require frequent inspections to ensure that fuel-injected Lycoming and Continental engines do not experience hard starting problems.
To begin the 500-hour inspection process, an inspection return form is downloaded from the Kelly Aerospace website. Complete one form for each magneto that is returned. Before boxing the magneto, remove the drive gears attached to the magneto. Return the complete magneto, with the drive gears removed, and do not forget to include the completed 500-hour inspection form. The magneto is returned directly to Kelly Aerospace, 1400 East South Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36116 with Attn 500-hour inspection marked on the box. When the magneto is received, work starts within 24 hours of receipt. Plan for four working days to complete the inspection, plus shipping time to return to the customer. Kelly Aerospace ships via UPS or FedEx and can ship worldwide. Check your shipper delivery zone time chart to determine the duration of shipping time to and from Montgomery AL. The magneto is disassembled by a magneto technician so that the parts can be inspected and cleaned. The magneto parts are cleaned and polished as needed. Magneto frames and housings are not repainted but can be repainted if the magneto is upgraded to an overhaul. The magneto parts are inspected by visual and non-destructive testing, and must meet the criteria established in the Bendix and Slick Maintenance and Overhaul manuals. The 500-hour inspection for Bendix magnetos includes new replacement hardware, new contact points, oil slinger, oil seal, (2) ball bearings, carbon brush, o-ring, felt strip, felt washer, and impulse coupling spring. The 500-hour inspection for the Slick magnetos includes new replacement hardware, new contact points, and cam, oil seal, (2) ball bearings, carbon brush, distributor gear to comply with
Champion Slick Service Bulletin SB1-15A and impulse coupling spring. An FAA Form 8130 will be provided to document the 500-hour inspection. Depending upon the condition and service history of the magneto, extra work or parts may be required. Some of the extra parts would include worn distributor gear, worn distributor block, faulty coil, faulty capacitor, worn impulse coupling, worn rotor shaft, or parts affected by airworthiness directives. If any other parts are required, the customer will be contacted for additional charge approval prior to work being completed.
1st Lt. Catherine Stark is the first female Marine to be assigned to the Navy’s F-35C fleet replacement squadron.
Erie, Pennsylvania native 1st Lt. Catherine Stark earned her wings Friday at a special ceremony and has become the first female Marine to be assigned to the U.S. Navy’s F-35C fleet replacement squadron.
The F-35 Lightning II, designed and built by Lockheed Martin, is a fifth-generation fighter designed to replace the F-18 in the Navy and Marine Corps and the F-22 in the U.S. Air Force.
Stark, 24, is a 2012 Mercyhurst Preparatory School graduate and the daughter of Bud and Beata Stark of Erie. She will soon begin training to fly the F-35C Lightning II at the Naval Air Station in Lemoore, California.
Catherine Stark said the military has been training experienced F-18 pilots to fly the F-35 since its deployment.
“Up until now they were only taking F-18 pilots that were already out in the fleet, someone with a lot of experience, and they were sending them back to school for six months and then transitioning them to the F-35,” she said Tuesday during a telephone interview. “But recently, they’ve been picking people right out of flight school (for the F-35). That’s been the special thing. Up until now, people fresh out of flight school with no fleet experience — like myself; I haven’t been to a squadron yet because I just finished flight school — we didn’t have the opportunity to select the F-35.”
Catherine Stark graduated with a degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned as a Marine officer in 2016.
Stark spent her first six months of flight school training on the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II and then advanced to the aircraft carrier-capable McDonnell Douglas T-45 Goshawk, which she flew for a year.
Pilots make two flights a day during training, which can be grueling, she said.
“You’re learning a lot and there’s so much knowledge required,” Stark said. “I can only compare it to becoming a medical doctor. You’re flying every day and getting evaluated and really intensely scrutinized.”
The F-35C will be “completely different” from flying the T-6 and T-45 training jets, which don’t require pilots to learn about weapons systems, radars or military flying tactics, Stark said.
“Looking back, something I thought would be so hard is almost a joke now compared to the new challenge,” she said.
“She’s quite an accomplished young lady,” said Marcia Gensheimer, director of alumni and public relations for the school.