Deja Vu Alaska

If you have a spare 35 min, this is a fantastic film that Zane just finished editing from our trip up to AK last spring.


Engine / MT Prop 4 Sale…

Now that I’m building the 520 for the Wagon, I’ll be selling the 470R and the 2 blade MT.   If you know anyone…






Here goes nuthin…


Finally have some free time so I’m diving in deep and starting in on the O-520F core that has been sitting in the corner of the shop.

I will be using the 2000hr TBO  PPonk STC with Millennium cylinders (venturi seats).  Should give some nice additional HP!  The engine is finally apart and the parts are going out for inspection and overhaul.


Hazards of Wildfire Smoke

Just read a nice article on the smoke this year out west written by Zane Jacobson…  Thanks to for their steady production of backcountry content.  If you haven’t considered contributing, I urge you to support BCP with a small donation.



Knik Teaser…


Last May Zane Jacobson (from and I did some filming in AK while up at the Alaska Airman show.  The video is still in the edit room, but here is a short teaser that Zane cut together.

Brand New Beaver…

Seaplane Operators Look Out…

Not really sure what I think of this…. No pilots license needed???


Cessna 180 Certification…

Cool article.  Thanks to Mike Vivion for finding it!

Read the article here:

Aircraft Tundra Worksheet

I’ve noticed that there have been several folks looking for the Aircraft Tundra Tire Worksheet so here it is…

Also AC 23-17C

AK on the Brain… 170’s in the Wrangles

Feb is here, which means there is some chatter about this years Airman’s show… which got me revisiting old memories.  Watching Zane’s film of our 2014 trip really brings a smile.  Worth watching again, and if you haven’t seen it….


Thanks to Trent Palmer for posting the vid to Youtube!

Plug For Grypmat…


About a year ago a company called Grypmat reached out to me to test a new product they had… I did, and have come to find it invaluable when working on airplanes.  After some testing, I gave my feedback, which surrounded the mat’s issues with solvents and static charge.  To my astonishment, Tom (creator) listened and reformulated the mat.

Anyway, I just saw they have a Kick Starter campaign going to fund two more sizes.   After a year of using this thing, I feel strongly enough about the product that I wanted to support Tom.  FWIW,  I’ve funded $100 to their cause to get the two smaller sizes along with another 12×22.  If you haven’t seen them at Spruce or at OSH, give it a look.  Kudos Tom and good luck!

If you want to order a unit, I encourage you to consider funding their Kick Starter rather than ordering from Spruce.  To do so click HERE.


High Sierra Fly-In Article (BCP)

New article up on BCP about the High Sierra Fly-In.  Thanks to By and BCP for posting!


Valdez STOL…


I was in Home Depot yesterday and was shocked to see the XMas stuff in full bloom already. Seems its getting earlier and earlier. WTF???

So I said to myself… if they can do it with XMas, why not start a bit early on my AK plans for May.

Just found this nice mashup from 2016 Valdez.

Always Makes Me Smile…


Crazy Fall E.I. Rebate…

If you have been thinking about an engine monitor, it might be time to give the CGR-30 a look.  E.I. has a current rebate that seems pretty tempting.  $1000 off the basic 6 cyl unit.

The Basic model wont give you the functionality of the Premium, but if you need a simple engine monitor (CHT/EGTs) fuel flow computer this would be a great deal. (also does Volts, OAT, RPM and tach time.)

If you are considering any E.I. unit, please give me a shout as Bushwagon East is an E.I. dealer.



Maine Bush Flying…

New article up on BCP.  Thanks Jake for the story!



Great Article by Zane over at BCP…


I love re-posting great stuff from…  Check out Zane’s latest article on Alex Wells over at


STOL Demo, KPYM – Aug 20th


If you are around, please join us at the Plymouth Airshow on Aug 20th where Bill Brine, Marcum Scott and I will be doing a STOL demo.  Bill will be in his A18 Husky, Marcum in the Kitfox 4, and I in the Skywagon.  Also at the event will be a Bell 47 demo, RC Jet performance, golf ball drop raffle, and the biggie… Michael Goulian in his Extra 330SC!

You are welcome to fly in that day, just be aware that there is a POTUS TFR going on.  This will not effect PYM, but 15/33 is closed and 24 has right traffic…








Another Indie Alaska Short..

Another cool little short in the Indie Alaska series.  Nice to see you featured Bobby!