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BPS Butler Personnel Parachute Systems
BPS offers the world’s finest emergency parachutes for aircrews. Drawing on the diverse experience of parent company Butler Parachute Systems Group in the fields of unmanned, tactical and flight test support, BPS continually refines what are already the most advanced parachutes available. The Butler H-X Series™ is the most tested canopy ever introduced into service, and features the Sombrero Slider from sister company Butler Aerospace Technology. With over 200 stock configurations and custom built options, BPS will offer the right solution for your needs.
Cleveland Wheels and Brakes
Cleveland is the gold standard for wheels and brakes, and as soon as they’re installed on your airplane, you can turn your attention to other things. Whether they’re on a Sukhoi or something a bit more vintage, Rick has always sworn by his Clevelands. That’s because he knows of their 75-plus years of experience and commitment to engineering and manufacturing excellence. Settle for no less than the performance, reliability and serviceability of Cleveland Wheels and Brakes.
Low level aerobatics at full power generate extreme temperatures and pressures, and the failure of a hose assembly can be catastrophic. Is it any different with your aircraft? Rick uses Parker Stratoflex aerospace hose assemblies because like you, he can’t leave them to chance. Rubber or Teflon®, hydraulic or pneumatic, fuel or oil, any size, any fitting, braided, fire sleeve and special configurations… The recognized leader has the FAA certified fluid conveyance you can rely on.
Clarity Aloft makes the only headset that stays on Rick’s head throughout his entire routine. Even in high-G maneuvers, the mass is insignificant. Although the noise reduction is entirely passive, it is as effective as ANR headsets, but without their quirks. In addition, the microphone is the most intelligible that Rick has used in the Sukhoi’s noisy environment.
Goodyear Aviation Tires
Whether Rick is flying modern or vintage high performance aircraft, a lot is at stake when the rubber meets the runway. Some choices are easy, and Rick has chosen Goodyear. The maker of the first aviation tire is also first in innovation and the first choice of pilots and mechanics the world over. Performance plus safety plus durability equals Goodyear Aviation Tires.
R.C. Allen Instruments
R.C. Allen Instruments is the world’s largest manufacturer of general aviation aircraft instruments. Founded in 1932 and making instruments beginning at the onset of World War II, R.C Allen vigilantly maintains its position as the most trusted manufacturer in this critical field. Rick has R.C. Allen instruments of all ages all over his airplanes, including their latest standard setting RCA-2600 attitude indicator. Offered in both three and two inch sizes, it looks like and plays well with steam gages but with reliability improved by orders of magnitude.
Champion Aerospace manufactures the most respected and comprehensive spark plug line in the industry. Never a company that rests on its reputation, Champion continues to offer improved plug choices like the REM37BY for our Pratt & Whitney and Jacobs radials, and the RVL38S fine wire direct replacement optimized for the Vendeneyev M-14P and Huosai radials. We love having Champion performance, reliability and availability with these plug and play replacements.
There are many oil additives, but only ASL CamGuard enjoys such widespread acceptance from so many, including mechanics, airshow pilots and the FAA. The proof has been delivered by way of independent testing and anecdotal evidence, and Rick is a believer! Let CamGuard protect you and your investment.
When Rick decided he wanted the safety of an ELT during cross-country flights, we did a lot of research. For features, build quality and reputation, we came up with the same preference each time: The Kannad Integra. With internal 406 Mhz and GPS antennas, alarm buzzer and power, this airliner-tough unit can send beacon signals and position information even if all connections to it are compromised.
If you fly behind the Vendeneyev M-14P radial engine as Rick does, you need M-14P Inc in your corner. After two Sukhois and two Yaks, we know how indispensable this specialty company is to maintenance of the Russian radial, propellers and accessories. Already with years of experience with the M-14P, Jill and Carl were only the second and third westerners to receive overhaul certification at the OKBM engine factory back in 2001. Don’t trust your engine to anyone less than the experts at M-14P Inc.