The Greatest Tools You Have

The greatest tools you have aren’t the brand new sockets you picked up online, and they’re not the grease guns you “dual wield” when you pretend you’re The Terminator in the hangar when nobody’s around (other people do that right…no?).  The greatest tools you have are your hands.

I thought about laying out my case to justify that statement, but then I thought about my penchant for making sure I cover every aspect of an argument. I kept those of you in mind who’ve written us saying you enjoy printing out the newsletters and reading them in the restroom. If I covered everything I wanted, you’d be printing out a phonebook…and let’s face it, you’re already using enough paper in there. So let’s take it at face value.

In honor of the greatest tools in history, I will be donating a finger to the first 9 people who send me an email . Why 9? I need to keep one thumb incase I’m ever carted off a sports field and I have to let the crowd know that I’m ok (with no fingers, it would most likely be a soccer field). It’s all part of my new Hands Across America campaign. It’s my way of lending a hand to those in need, and you have to hand it to me, although it will be a handful to accomplish, it’s pretty ambitious. Ok, I’ll stop, and I apologize.

While I’m joking, I would still like to pay homage to the hand by highlighting some of the best ways to keep them working for you.  Here’s some of the best products out there to take care of your most important tools.

Note: Most links will send you to a category page so you can pick your size first.

Custom Leather Speed Wrench™ Mechanics Gloves

Available in Black, Blue, Red & Yellow

  • Synthetic Leather: Tough, soft and comfortable to wear, resists shrinking, stretching and hardening.

  • Elastic Wrist Cuff: Wide opening for easy access.

  • Padded Palm: Provides extra comfort.

  • Stretch Spandex: Padded, form-fitted elasticity throughout the top.

  • Reinforced Thumb Panel: Provides better abrasion.

  • Lycra Side Panels: Provides a better fit and improved dexterity

 Custom Leather Pit Crew™ Mechanics Gloves

Available in Orange, Black, Blue, Red & Yellow

  • Neoprene Wrist Cuff: Flexible to seal out debris.

  • Stretch Spandex: Padded, formfitted elasticity throughout the top.

  • Reinforced Thumb Panel: Provides better abrasion.

  • Lycra Side Panels: Provide a better fit and improved dexterity.

  • TPR Wing Closing Wrist Strap: Thermal Plastic Rubber closure for perfect adjustments and easy-on, easy off.

  • Clarino® Synthetic Leather: Tough, soft and comfortable to wear, resists shrinking, stretching and hardening.

  • Padded Palm: Provides extra comfort

 Custom Leather Race Crew™ Mechanics Gloves

Available in Red & Black

  • Stretch Spandex: Padded, formfitted elasticity throughout the top.

  • Neoprene Wrist Cuff: Flexible to seal out debris.

  • TPR Wing Closing Wrist Strap: Thermal Plastic Rubber closure for perfect adjustments and easy-on, easy-off.

  • Lycra Side Panels: Provide a better fit and improved dexterity.

  • Gel Tech Padding: Enhances grip and helps isolate vibration.

  • TPR Finger Pads: Thermal Plastic Rubber shock absorbing pads.

  • Synthetic Leather: Tough, soft and comfortable to wear, resists shrinking, stretching and hardening.

  • Zeus Clarino® : Excellent tack under any condition, good abrasion and grip.

  • Plastic Knuckle: Abrasion and padding against bumps.

  • Thunder Mesh Nylon Spandex: Padded, form-fitted elasticity throughout the top.

  • Reinforced Thumb Panel: Provides better abrasion.

 MICROFLEX® Diamond Grip™ Powder-Free Latex Gloves ( 50 Ea. Box)

Diamond Grip™ gloves are thicker than typical latex gloves for enhanced protection

GOJO® 1431 HITACTILE® Professional Technician Gloves

Breathable and lightweight MAXFLEX n
ylon weave with multi-directional stretch for maximum comfort. – MAXFLEX nylon weave is strong, and can be machine washed. – CHEMTRILE Nitrile is a liquid/oil repellant palm coat. – Ergonomic design with shaped and tapered fingers for excellent fit and dexterity. – Extended cuff provides a better fit and additional wrist protection.

That’s it for this week everyone. Take care! (of those tools).

Aviation Jokes

It’s prime flying time, and everyone here at SkyGeek is in a great state of mind. Incase you’re not, we thought we’d share a few aviation jokes we found to help bring the balance back.

Enjoy!
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A Sky Diving Lesson

First time jumper: “If my chute doesn’t open, and the reserve doesn’t open, how long do I have until I hit the ground?"

Instructor: (with a deadpan stare) “The rest of your life.”
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Bob & Sue

Bob and Sue, a pair of tight-wads, lived in the mid west, and had been married for years. Bob had always wanted to go flying, but Sue would not pay the money for a ride. Bob would ask, and Sue would say, "No way, ten dollars is ten dollars."

The years went by, and Bob got word of an air show in town. It was free to watch, so the two went together. Not too long into the show, Sue and Bob started to argue about paying for a ride.

A Pilot taking a break between flights overheard the argument and intervened. "I’ll tell you what, I’ll take you up flying, and if you don’t say a word the ride is on me, but if you make one sound, you pay ten dollars.”

So off they flew. The Pilot doing as many rolls, and dives as he could.
He dove to the ground as fast as the plane could go, pulling out of the dive at just the very last second. Not a word. Finally he admitted defeat and went back the airport.

"I’m surprised, why didn’t you say anything?"

"Well I almost said something when Sue fell out, but ten dollars is ten dollars."
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Sayings

1. The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.
2. Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first!
3. Trust your captain…. but keep your seat belt securely fastened.
4. A pilot is a confused soul who talks about women when he’s flying, and about flying when he’s with a woman.
5. There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold, pilots!
6. The strength of the turbulence is directly proportional to the temperature of your coffee.
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Hope you enjoyed a few laughs! Until next week, take care everyone.

Spring Cleaning – SkyGeek Style

Ever get your clock cleaned? Not good times. Sometimes, however, when somebody brings up Spring cleaning, I’d almost prefer it. That is unless they’re talking about Spring aircraft cleaning. Going on dump runs is one thing, but doing a little Spring cleaning of the aircraft is an entirely different animal. What type of different animal you may ask?

Cleaning out the basement is like being pursued by an 800lb Silverback Gorilla on PCP, with ill intentions. Working on the aircraft is like a friendly Golden Retriever that gets the morning paper and has learned how to open the fridge and bring you a cold one.

If you enjoy making your aircraft shine, this newsletter’s going to be very helpful in providing you with what you need. If you don’t, next week maybe we’ll discuss the most creative ways to get it dirty. For those interested in keeping a clean aircraft…this is us pointing in the right direction.

If you’re looking for the best place to start…start here. This is our main “Aircraft Cleaning Products” page, you’ll most likely find whatever you need starting here. For a more direct route, and for some check below.

Aviation Grade Towels & Wipes – You can also blow your nose with them…it just might sting a little…or a lot.

 

 

 

Aircraft Upholstery Cleaners –  Coffee on the seats? Hitch-hiking shoe scum on the mats? Get it out!

 

 

Aircraft Soap & Cleaner –  Just look at this guy’s impeccable form! A true master.

 

 

Aircraft Polish & Aircraft Wax – Because everyone knows a hose and a sponge isn’t going to get you there.

 

 

 

 

Metal Polish –  “Don’t talk to me, I’m polishing metal”
 

 

 

That’s it for this week everyone, take care! Now where’s that dog with my newspaper?

 

The Safety Dance

We’re fast approaching the aviation “sweet spot”. The weather’s getting really nice across the country, and that means there’s more opportunity to get up in the air for a crystal clear stroll through the heavens. You know what else it means? It means it’s time to do The Safety Dance.

The Safety Dance was brought into the public’s consciousness through a song by the same name sung by Men Without Hats. While largely nonsensical, this catchy little song highlights the importance of dancing and staying safe. Their solution for staying safe consists of throwing your arms in the air to make the shape of an “S”…S is for Safety! Akin to wearing Garlic around your neck to ward off vampires, Men Without Hats seems to implore the general public to practice some form of universal magic to keep danger at bay. I suggest you go to YouTube and watch the music video; it’s always good for a laugh.

While that’s all well and good, SkyGeek would like to offer a more practical solution to keep you safe and healthy during the aviation sweet spot (and the inevitable increase in the urge to fly that comes with it). Right now SkyGeek is offering a Certified First Aid & Safety Kit for a really great price. The first aid & safety kit complies with FAA 121.309, and it’s loaded with all the essentials. You can check out everything that comes in the kit here.

 

Now’s the time when pilots start stocking up on everything they need to enjoy the best time of the year to fly. SkyGeek wants to make sure that you keep safety on the brain when you’re doing so. Year over year first aid kits get poked, picked and prodded at, leaving them less and less helpful over time. Pick up a Certified First Aid & Safety Kit and avoid using that chewed up bubble gum to plug a wound (yes, I’ve actually seen it done…not pretty).
 

While we’re going to leave the dancing tips to Men Without Hats (our Geeks can’t really dance too well as you might imagine), I think it’s smart to step in and grab safety torch out of their hands. As the lyrics suggest, “you can dance if you want to”…just make sure that you’re taking some additional steps for your safety preparations.

That’s it for this week everyone, enjoy the weather, enjoy the views and take care!

Deal of the Day

Look! Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve learned to fly! Actually, that’s just an image we chose to represent the SkyGeek deal of the day. If you’ve yet to see it, SkyGeek now has a DailyDealBar that you can see at the very top of the site every time you visit. Each day, SkyGeek will be offering a great deal on one specific product. That product will appear in the DailyDealBar at the top of the site; all you have to do is click on it and it brings you right to the offer.

At SkyGeek, our motto is “Our parts fly, but our prices are grounded!” Since that’s the case, you’d have to consider the daily deal prices as being subterranean by default right? Is my logic off here? Is this the beginning of a sister site; something along the lines of BlindHairlessMoleGeek or iFellinTheSewerAgainGeek? I highly doubt it, but it’s fun to think about.

To give you an idea of what we’re doing with the DailyDealBar, here are two of the deals that we’ve recently featured.

Plexus Polish & Cloth Package Deal – 3 Bottles of Plexus Polish and 10 Microfiber Cloths for $39.95.
It seems like everyone’s offering combination deals these days, and why not? If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, combo deals are where it’s at. We’re getting our Skygeek customers in on this combo business a handy three-bottle set, complete with TEN washable 16" x 16" NOVUS Polish Mate microfiber cloths.

 

RejeX Surface Polymer 2 Pack Deal – 2 Bottles of RejeX Polymer for $26.95.
RejeX is the “missing link” you have been looking for when it comes to affordable, durable, long-lasting protection. It is a soil barrier / anti-stain protection substance that’s perfect for painted metal, glass, acrylic, gel coat, fiberglass, glossy plastic and polished metal surfaces.

 

These daily deals are still available because our webmasters shared a bag of Cheeto’s last week and they haven’t finished licking the orange film off their fingers yet. But soon these deals will be pushed out by newer deals so if this is something you need, take advantage before it’s over.      

Well, that’s it for this week my fellow SkyGeeks, take care!