Thursday, March 28, 2013

New Chevy Z/28 Camaro Revealed | Specialty Equipment Market Association

New Chevy Z/28 Camaro Revealed | Specialty Equipment Market Association

Chevrolet Z/28 Camaro, Z/28 Camaro Reveal

Sun N Fun Mobile app!

Headed to SUN 'n FUN?
Download the Sporty’s Free SUN 'n FUN App

LAKELAND, FL  - March 28, 2013 The new Sporty's Airshow app will enhance your experience!

Sporty’s, in partnership with SUN ‘n FUN, is releasing a free mobile app for the 39th Annual SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & Expo that is now available for both Apple and Android devices. The 2013 SUN ‘n FUN app may be downloaded free at, through the iTunes App store or Google Play.

You will have all the information you need at your fingertips, ranging from maps to exhibitors and displays, forums, events, tram routes and more. The interactive exhibitors list is linked to detailed maps. Simply click on an exhibitor’s name, and you will instantly see their exact location whether in an exhibit hangar or anywhere on the show grounds.

“Knowing that the company you want to visit is in booth C-088 isn’t helpful in itself,” said Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “With our app, you will now know whether the company is inside or outside and its location within an exhibit hangar.”

Sporty’s SUN ‘n FUN app will be useful even before the show starts.  If you’re driving to the event, you can access directions and detailed parking information.  You can also avoid long admission lines by buying advanced tickets through the app.  If you’re arriving by general aviation aircraft, the complete SUN ‘n FUN NOTAM is included for arrival and departure procedures as well as a convenient local airport directory.  It’s perfect for in-flight reference as the app does not require an internet connection.

We want to remind pilots to stock up for SUN ‘n FUN and buy tie downs, batteries, sunglasses, charts and whatever other supplies are necessary for your trip,” adds Zimmerman. “Of course, we’ve made it easy to connect to Sporty’s and shop right from the app.”  “Don’t forget to allow some time to just sit under a tree and watch the airplanes,” says Zimmerman. “You can spend a relaxing hour just doing that. If you want, you can multitask and listen to SUN ‘n FUN radio via the app while you sit.”

Since time can go by fast at SUN ‘n FUN, the “My SUN ‘n FUN” feature guides you through making up your own schedule, consulting with the available forums, exhibitors to visit, seminars, events, evening programs and air show performances. The detailed maps will make finding these activities easy.

Sporty’s created the app as a service to SUN ‘n FUN attendees. In addition to SUN ‘n FUN, Sporty’s has created apps for EAA AirVenture, AOPA Summit and the International Women in Aviation Conference. 
Sporty’s 2013 SUN ‘n FUN app works on all Apple devices, including iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.  Another version of the app is designed for Android users, including tablets and the Kindle Fire. For more information, or to get the free app, visit

To see this info on our website please visit:

SUN ‘n FUN’s mission is to preserve and enhance the future of flight through world-class events, inspiring and educating people of all ages. SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In, Inc. is a 501c3 corporation.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

RSD Fork pre load adjusters

Ordered a pair of Roland Sands chrome billet pre load adjusters for the Sportster forks. Cant wait to get them installed!  They look very nice.

Got a great deal from Dan Dunn at NRHS.  Need any performance parts? Call Dan for great advice and good deals.  Or check out his web site.

Phoenix Fly

Check out the wing suits....this is amazing..

Phoenix Fly

Monday, March 18, 2013

Owning a boat has its risk. Common boat claims

The following is an article I provided for a magazine that is no longer published.  But it think the information is still valuable this time of year.

In general, the biggest risk comes to the bank account.  At least that’s in my personal experience, owning a boat always seems to costs me money.  Of course, so does a Harley, Cessna or anything else I own. There is always a never-ending list of improvements and gadgets that I want to add.  And if I don’t add things to the existing boat, there is always another boat around the corner I want to buy. New or used the “risk” is there. 

So think you can save money by not adding anything new to your boat?  Sorry doesn’t work that way.  Even if you don’t add or change things on your boat, there will always be regular maintenance items that are the result of age or wear and tear. There are also a few fixed costs that boat owners cannot get away from.  Slip or mooring fees and insurance are just a couple. No one but the owner pays these types of expenses.  They are part of the risk of owning a boat. 

Maintenance is necessary and vitally important to maintaining the value and safety of the boat. It is also something that can’t be covered by warranties or insurance. There are a few things that are covered under the warranty that may be construed as maintenance, but typically, warranties are good for defective manufacturing or assembly of your boat, motor and accessories.  If it is a problem that results from regular use (wear and tear) or recommended service intervals…it is not going to be covered by a warranty.  Sure there is always that chance that the local dealer might include free oil changes or tune-ups for some limited amount of time. But that’s not a typical warranty.

It is the same thing for insurance. 
Insurance, (often defined as the transfer of the risk of a potential loss, from one entity to another, in exchange for a reasonable fee) is sometimes expected to pay for these regular expenses.  Well, let me remind you that wear and tear and maintenance are not covered by insurance. 

Many people try to have regular maintenance items covered by insurance only to be disappointed when the claim is denied.   Items like frozen and cracked engine blocks, overheating damage, even the failure of the bellows will not be covered. The cause (poor service, lack of antifreeze, etc) won’t be covered but the resulting sinking or fire may be. That’s the key. Let me try and clarify this again, the accident and the resulting damage should be covered, but the cause might not.  An example could be the deteriorating bellows on a lower unit.  If the bellows dries out and cracks it could leak and the boat could sink.  The bellows would not be covered, but the damage that results from the sinking probably would.   Okay, seems pretty gray, which it is.

What claims are the most common?
There are a few claims that keep popping up.  One marine insurance claim department I contacted felt that about 80 percent of their claims are the result of hitting a submerged object.

Think about it.  The more storms there are, the more rivers that flood, the more stuff is floating in the water and under the surface. Submerged objects will result in damage to lower units, propellers, keels, and hulls.  Sometimes sinking does occur. If you think or know you hit something, make sure you check bilge area and monitor the bilge regularly to make sure there is not any damage that could result in submersion or, in other words…sinking.

Using information from marine insurance claim departments and organizations like Boat US, a few of the other common claims I discovered are:

Theft of assorted boat equipment and parts (portable or permanent).  Items like out drives, electronics, outboard motors, and trailers are some of the most popular parts.  Leaving the trailer unattended in the parking lot or the cockpit uncovered is an invitation for a thief.  Check your policy, many do not cover items stolen from your boat unless it was permanently attached or in a locked compartment. 

Grand theft boat.  Snatching the whole boat is another big claim.  While there are cases of theft from a slip or mooring, trailer-based boats are the ones that are usually turned in on a claim. Boats, like cars, are often stripped and the parts sold a piece at a time.  Remember the phrase “the sum of the parts is worth more than whole” well that’s true with boat parts.  Plus if you take all the parts off the boat, the parts are harder to track down. 

Collision claims.  Collisions with anything are bad.  Collisions with pilings, docks, and other boats can be deadly.  Collisions are not the same as hitting submerged items. Collisions are just that, colliding with something else either moving (another boat) or stationary (like a dock).  You can help stop collisions by watching where you are going, learn the rules of the area and use your charts.

Grounding or running aground.  Most claims departments indicate that often more damage is caused by trying to accelerate through the sand, mud or rocks than by just stopping and waiting for help.  Using a tow service or an alternative method to get unstuck like air bags, reduces the risk for further damage. . 

Now is a good time to repeat - carry up-to-date marine charts and plan your cruising routes to avoid accidental grounding.

A few of the less common but still important claims mentioned are:
Lightning strikes. Being the one of the tallest things on the water during storms is bound to result in a lightning strike.  Lightning usually “fries” the electronics, puts holes in fiberglass and starts fires.  It is a hard thing to prevent.  Best way to reduce the damage is to ground the boat so the current has a way to pass through to the ground.

Damage from docks.  Wind, weather, and hurricanes, can cause chafing, damage to rub rails and hull joints and even rip cleats out of the decks.  Get in a habit of moving the boat to a safe harbor or new neighborhood when bad weather is imminent.  Learn to tie up securely, use high quality dock lines and fenders.  Last year was bad for the hurricane states.  The underwriters are already increasing rates and reducing or eliminating territories and coverage’s. 

There are a few claims relating to fire and explosion. Often the cause is from bad wiring, fuels leaks, overheated manifolds, and even bilge vents not being used or being blocked. These claims can be reduced or eliminated just by taking part in a good preventative maintenance plan.

Occasionally there will be a boat that sinks from bad through-hull fittings, damaged sea cocks and the bilge pump being blocked and/or the back up bilge pump and warning system being inoperative.  Occasionally a storm with lots of heavy rain or combined with a lightning strike can short the boats battery preventing the bilge pumps from working.

Of course, the list above is not inclusive.
There are all sorts of variations along with different levels of each type of claim.  Even if you take all the precautions, accidents do happen. Boat owners buy insurance to transfer the risk to the insurance company for those unexpected catastrophes, so make sure you have the right coverage for your vessel and you implement a preventative maintenance plan to help reduce potential claims. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

What do you carry in your flight bag...

So whats in your flight bag...and aircraft?  Below is a basic list of things that you might want to consider having with you.

VFR maps (IFR charts if you are IFR rated and plan on filing)

At least one good headset (passengers can have earplugs or cheap headsets)

Earplugs (a number of those foam squishy type that the passengers can keep)

A fuel tester (you can never be too trusting of the transient gas truck)

Multi–tool (Leatherman or Buck Tool type of device)

Sick sacks, more than one! (For sick passengers or pilot and portable rest stops)

Motion sickness tablets or pills.

A backup handheld transceiver

Pens, pencil and notepad of paper

And in my case

A laminated US map and dry marker

Kneeboard (I rarely use, but I have it)

A handheld GPS (hiking works as long as used in conjunction with a sectional)

A four place portable intercom

A portable CD player (or mp3 player) with the input cables for the intercom

Power plugs for all the devices

A multi plug adapter to run more than one device on the power plug (cigar lighter)

Batteries for all the devices

Cell phone and charger

The aircraft bag

Wheel chocks

Tie downs and ropes

An extra roll of rope

Wire, assorted nuts, bolts and screws.

Plastic wire ties

A small camping hatchet

Small blanket and pillow

Extra gloves (I always forget a pair on one trip a year)