The Creative Spark

I have an intrinsic desire to create, and so do you. Creative inspiration has been hardwired into our DNA, and if you keep it bottled up, it can leave you with an unfulfilled feeling. In an attempt to temporarily avoid that feeling, I write. My most recent creative outburst is this email…which you can feel free to ridicule or enshrine as much as you’d like.

At SkyGeek, our mission is to provide you with the supplies you need to fuel YOUR creative desire. We’re here to give you access to all the equipment you need to create something you can call your own, something that falls in line with your passion.  Whether it’s creating a fully functional FBO Airbase, or creating a completely unique aircraft with all the right personal touches, we want to provide the paint for your canvas (so to speak).

Part of the joy associated with creating something is to bask in the self interpreted glory, as well as to enjoy the benefits resulting from its creation. We don’t want to tell you how to be creative with your aircraft, but this week our Dr. Frankenstein focus is on aviation headset accessories. Since headsets are some of the most commonly used aviation instruments, there’s no better place to start if you’re looking reap the aforementioned benefits.

It’s really easy to take a basic headset and create something that you’ll enjoy using every time you climb into your aircraft. Not only will you enjoy the luxury based improvements such as iPod adaptors & cell phone adaptors, you’ll enjoy the functionality improvements such as headset bags for easy transport & extension cables for increased maneuverability.

However you choose to add a personal touch on your aircraft, the satisfaction you feel in doing so really goes a long way toward maintaining the passion you feel for your project. The feeling of workmanship pride is often missing for many people; we as aviation enthusiasts are uniquely positioned to experience this gratification on a regular basis. It’s important to step back once in a while and think about that, because if you don’t, the creative spark is quick to vanish.

That’s it for this week everyone, take care and keep that spark alive!

Pilot Scouts

Staff Sgt. Danny Shaw installs safety wiring around a bolt on an F-16 Fighting Falcon Oct. 6 during some late-night maintenance at Joint Base







Hello again everyone. In addition to an honest monologue and the occasional stab at humor, this week’s newsletter is going to focus on safety wire. Based on my mental forecast of what we’ll be discussing, I can liken the experience to that of being in the Boy Scouts (minus the turbo-nerd outfits & burnt marshmallows). Much like how Boy Scouts would learn to tie knots, we’ll be covering how to properly apply safety, what size wire to use and why it’s important. We’ll also echo the Boy Scouts motto: “Always be Prepared.” That’s my explanation for the title Pilot Scouts (incase anyone was wondering).

Most of you already know a lot about safety wire, but a little refresher never hurts. Even if the mention of safety wire reminded you that you need to stock up, this has been worth your read. So, let’s get on with the review.
Safety wire has 763.4 uses (ballpark), but the most common application is using it to secure the nuts and bolts of your aircraft. It can also help prevent other parts of the aircraft from vibrating loose – or off. Needless to say (but I’ll say it anyway) safety wire is incredibly important to have.
Safety Wire can be used for:

1.    Securing nuts and bolts (ie. Carb nuts and Prop bolts)
2.    As hose clamps around the fuel lines, fuel pump, carb, or primer bulb.
3.    Probe clamp replacements
4.    Exhaust springs
5.    The rotary valve tank clamps
6.    Securing your air filters to your carbs
7.    Spark plug caps
8.    Much More

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Best Headset of 2008

The Lightspeed Zulu was just voted the Best Headset of 2008 by Aviation Consumer magazine. That’s great news for Lightspeed and it’s great news for you. For a limited time, SkyGeek is going to help our newsletter subscribers fly with the best by offering a Low Price & Free Freight Shipping on the Lightspeed Zulu. If you’re thinking about upgrading your headset, this is the time to do it.

To take advantage of this limited time offer, just select Freight Shipping during checkout and your shipping is free.  

As an authorized Lightspeed dealer, SkyGeek can not only bring you great prices and free freight shipping on the Zulu, we can make it easy to get your Lightspeed $100 Trade In Rebate. All you have to do is pick up your Zulu from SkyGeek, fill out the rebate form (which is available here), and mail in your old Lightspeed headset (has to be Lightspeed) and proof of purchase (SkyGeek receipt). There’s a more detailed description on the site, but that’s basically it (as in there’s no FU moment when you get to the fine print, and Rumpelstiltskin isn’t going to pop out of nowhere and ask for your first born child).
Even if you’re not trading in an old Lightspeed for the rebate, this is a great deal. For everything you need to know about why the Lightspeed Zulu was chosen as the Best Headset of 2008, visit SkyGeek’s Lightspeed Zulu page.  For the “Cliff Notes”, scroll down.

•    NAME: Taken from “Zulu time,” the pilot term for Greenwich Mean Time.
•    NOISE REDUCTION: The best combination of Active and Passive in the market.
•    MATERIALS: Made from metal and composite plastics. Magnesium Ear cups are half the thickness of typical plastic cups yet provide a better rigid barrier for attenuation. Ear cups have heat sensitive foam covered in soft leather.
•    HEADBAND: Removable, vented headpad for comfortable weight distribution. Thin, flexible, formable spring steel band design produces 40% lower side pressure on ear cups than on the 3G series. Calibrated magnesium sliders adjust ergonomically to accommodate larger heads with uniform pressure.
•    WEIGHT: 13.9 ounces.
•    BATTERIES: Requires 2 AA batteries. Estimated to last 40 hrs.
•    STORAGE: Headset folds flat when not in use.
•    BLUETOOTH COMPATIBLE: Wireless phone and music interface with controls is embedded into the battery box.
•    COMM. PRIORITY MUTE: Circuitry gives priority to incoming radio calls, automatically muting the aux music source.
•    AUDIO SYSTEM: Full wireless stereo interface with patented Front Row Center (FRC) audio circuitry. One wireless audio input and one wired. The Zulu FRC solves the problem of left/right channel isolation on stereo headphones. The processor closely matches the shadowing affect of the head for the “crossfeed” signal to the left (or right) ear. The signal is both amplitude and delay corrected to compensate for the increased distance the sound would travel. The results are extremely pleasing and akin to switching from mono to stereo.
•    AUTO SHUT-OFF: Batteries shut off automatically (after 2 minutes) when headset is left unattended.

If you’re in the market for a new aviation headset (for whatever reason…I’m sure there’s a bunch), why not go with the very best…and why not save some money while you’re at it. Pick up your Lightspeed Zulu and see what using the best is all about.

That’s it for this week everyone. Take care and see you next time!