Swift Enterprises has teamed with Rick Volker
to test Swift Fuel in the M-14P powered Sukhoi SU26M. This clean,
renewable biofuel promises an environmentally responsible future
for general aviation.
Rick’s Sukhoi ground operations
are divided into two eras: BC (Before Cleveland) and AC (After Cleveland).
The SU-26's thrust to weight ratio make run-ups an adventure with
the stock Russian brakes. They would also fade during long taxis,
after which time the M-14P engine needs to be run-up prior to shut-down.
Good luck with that. We converted to Clevelands and immediately crossed
that one off the list.
Low level Unlimited aerobatics at full power generate extreme temperatures
and pressures, and the failure of a hose assembly can be catastrophic.
Is it any different with your aircraft? Rick uses Parker
Stratoflex aerospace hose assemblies because like you, he can’t leave them to
chance. Rubber or Teflon®, hydraulic or pneumatic, fuel or oil,
any size, any fitting, braided, fire sleeve and special configurations… The recognized leader has the FAA certified hose you can rely on.
It’s hard to believe how quickly the iPad has proliferated aviation, and WingX
Pro 7 from Hilton Software is the most sophisticated and feature-rich application of its type available. It serves up a menu of airliner-like features like synthetic vision, and it fits in Rick’s Sukhoi. When combined with AHRS and ADS-B options, the safety and convenience of WingX Pro 7 is truly astounding!
It’s no exaggeration to say that Levil
Aviation is one of the most exciting companies to those of us who flies airplanes. Their proven AHRS is at the heart of their wide product range. Whether you use an iPad, a PC based EFIS, their software, or someone else’s, Levil technology radically enhances the safety of your flight. As soon as Rick's show is over, Levil takes its place in our cockpits. It's a great time to be a pilot!
When Rick decided he wanted the safety of an ELT during cross-country flights, we did a lot of research. For features, build quality and reputation, we came up with the same preference each time: The
Kannad Integra. With internal 406 Mhz and GPS antennas, alarm buzzer and power, this airliner-tough unit can send beacon signals and position information even if all connections to it are compromised.
Rick Volker Airshows operates exotic Russian aircraft as well as
antique chase planes, which have presented both TSO’d and Non-TSO’d
instrumentation challenges. The first time we called UMA Instruments,
we realized we were talking to experts who treat every order as a
custom job. They have been making their products in the United States
since 1936, and their quality has inspired our confidence in them.
Champion Aerospace manufactures the RVL-38S direct replacement plug optimized for the
Vendeneyev M-14P and Huosai engines. This superior fine wire plug
doesn’t foul, and stays properly gapped. It's faster starting, smoother,
and hesitation is reduced when adding power in the low range. We
love having Champion performance, reliability and availability with
plug-and-play convenience in our Russian airplanes.
makes the only headset that stays on Rick’s
head throughout his entire routine. Even in high-G maneuvers, the
mass is insignificant. Although the noise reduction is entirely passive,
it is as effective as ANR headsets, but without their quirks. In
addition, the microphone is the most intelligible that Rick has used
in the Sukhoi’s noisy environment.
To say Rick is picky about sunglasses is something of an understatement, and VeladoHD is his choice. Their Aviator line is designed to exceed the demands of pilots in challenging conditions.
If you have an airplane with a Vendenyev M-14P,
it’s hard to imagine life without this resource. Carl and Jill
are gurus in this field, and if they don’t have it, they know where
to get it.
M-T Propeller manufactures the propellers used on virtually every
Sukhoi, including Rick's SU-26M. That's a good thing, because MT
has propelled Sukhoi to more World Aerobatic Championships than any
aircraft. It's easy to forget how many different kinds of propellers
MT makes, because their boutique-quality service makes you think
your propeller is their specialty. MT pioneered the modern composite
propeller, and their engineering is impeccable. Visit the MT-Propeller
USA website for a list of STCs or check out the headquarters
website to see their experimental applications. Rick uses the MTV-9-260-29.
Hope Aero sells and services every major brand of propeller,
and a visit to their shop near Toronto confirms that fact. Rick’s
life literally hangs on his prop, and he trusts Hope Aero to prepare
it for the stresses of his radical routine.
is the maker of the GT-50 digital G-meter
that Rick is so pleased with. This feather-weight unit out-shines
mechanical G-meters, and by the way, it’s also a clock, timer
and volt meter. You can read Rick’s evaluation on their website.
Rick uses the EDM-700 with fuel flow in his Sukhoi. Looking
forward to your next overhaul? Nothing shows you the importance of
monitoring engine parameters like running at full power most of the
time. Rick finds individual cylinder information indispensable in
prolonging engine life and troubleshooting problems. The information
is easy to gather with a glance, and it's all stored for easy download
and analysis. Also, the fuel flow is remarkably accurate, which is
critical when you have a puny fuel supply. We’re always amazed
at how dead-on the fuel information is when we re-fuel.
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