Dipstick Removal Tool
Nobody wants to spend valuable flight time standing on the ramp struggling with an oil dipstick that the helpful individual who took the plane out flying earlier secured past the point of usability. The Dipstick Removal Tool ($14.95) is there to help.
The removal tool slots easily over the dipstick cap, providing extra leverage to help you free up the cap without having to jam your hand into the cowling or find some pliers. Better still, the Dipstick Removal Tool is designed to allow only counterclockwise rotation, preventing any inadvertent tightening. The tool’s small size makes it easy to stow in a flight bag or even store in the airplane.
Learn more at Sporty’s.
Pocket CO Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon-monoxide poisoning can be a very real danger, especially when flying older airplanes, but there are better ways of detecting the threat beyond just hoping to smell exhaust if CO gets into the cabin. The Pocket CO Carbon Monoxide Detector ($139.99) is one of those options. At less than an ounce, this lightweight device is simple to carry and can fit easily on a keychain.
In spite of its small size, the Pocket CO has no trouble issuing a warning. Its 85 dB alarm is enough to cut through cockpit noise. In case the noise isn’t enough, the alarm turns on a bright red light. The device is available with a vibrator as well.
Unlike many carbon-monoxide detectors, the Pocket CO is more than just an alarm. Its digital display shows the concentration of carbon monoxide in parts-per-million. It can also report both maximum and average exposure over a period of up to eight hours, providing highly useful information for treating an individual who has been exposed. The Pocket CO is easy to operate and maintain. The device has only a single button to figure out. It’s powered by one replaceable CR2450 battery and comes with a lifetime sensor warranty.
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Sight Picture Training Aid
Teaching new student pilots what the view should look like from the front seat can be a bit of a challenge. The Sight Picture Training Aid ($5.95) from Sporty’s can help by providing an easy reference, allowing students to stair-step up to developing a solid out-of-the-cockpit picture. The Sight Picture Training Aid can be used for all of the phases and maneuvers necessary for safe VFR flight including takeoff, landing and even crosswind approaches.
Each Sight Picture Training Aid package comes with two horizontal and two vertical decals. The lined decals stick to the windows—and come back off of them just as easily—making it simple for the instructor to adjust them during flight or remove them entirely when the student is ready. The training aids can be combined and moved around as necessary for each maneuver.
Learn more at Sportys.