Merry Christmas 2020

Wishing you the peace and joy of the holiday season!

During the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our success possible. It is in this spirit that we say thank you and hope you stay safe and healthy. Merry Christmas to you and yours. May your days be merry and bright.
If it is on your heart to give, there are so many missions that serve those in need. If you don’t have a local group, please consider one of our aviation mission friends. Here’s are a few that would be grateful for your contribution:
Wishing you and yours good health and blessings this Christmas season!
Our offices will be closed on Christmas Day and New year’s Day. In case of emergency, leave a voicemail or send an email. Messages will be checked occasionally over the holiday.
Thank you, God bless, stay well and enjoy the spirit of the season!

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Zook Aviation!

How to MANUALLY Create an Aircraft Profile

Need to MANUALLY Add a “Blank” Profile for a unique plane?

Currently, our service only lists Small Aircraft (weighing 12,500 lbs and under) that are TCD’d and have ADs issued to them.

We do not currently list:  Sport, Experimental, Large Aircraft, or Military-to-Civilian Conversion Planes, however there is a way to create a blank profile for these types.

If you need to MANUALLY add a plane that has a unique registration, you will first enter it as EXP (Experimental), then you can change the information after the initial Profile is set up.

Let’s begin by starting with a basic Model search.  In the Model field, type in EXP, then hit Search:

Below the Search box, you will see the Experimental line.   Click the circle, then the “Select an Airframe and Click Here” button:

The next screen is the EXP Profile, where you can change the Information:

Change the Manufacturer and Model. Click Save:

Since the plane is not TCD’s nor has ADs, you can create an AD Report, and add them manually as well.


If you are trying to add a non-TCD’d plane via Aircraft Registry, you may encounter a Notice like this one:

Follow the instructions above.


More questions?  Need help?  Contact us at (540) 217-4471   9-5 M-F Eastern Time

Do your exhaust ports look like this? by Dean Showalter

Sharing another great article with you here, from our friend, Dean Showalter:

Hi Friends!

I’m a firm believer in using pressure testing to check for exhaust leaks.

But I wasn’t always.

Years ago, we rarely did more than visual inspections on exhaust systems.

Since that time, I’ve changed my ways… and I’m glad I did.

Check out this exhaust port on a cylinder:?


Before removing the exhaust pipe that was attached here, it didn’t look that bad.

But by doing a simple pressure test with a clean shop vac and some soapy water, it became obvious it was leaking.

If these types of exhaust leaks are not fixed, the cylinder flange area can erode, making cylinder replacement necessary.

For this cylinder, the exhaust port cleaned up nicely, 2 new studs were installed, and the exhaust pipe flange was resurfaced and reinstalled with a new gasket.

The result: No more leakage!

For more pictures of the exhaust repairs and other interesting squawks on my friend Tobin’s Piper Cherokee Six, check out the notes for episode 161 of the Airplane Owner Maintenance podcast.

You can see all the pictures and notes here:

Be sure to tune in early on Thanksgiving morning for a special episode…

I’m going to introduce my good friend, Jonathan Brush, who was a huge motivator in pushing me to start the podcast.

And… I’ll share a code for a special price on the “Safety Wire Like A Pro!” video course, that will be available for one week, starting on Thanksgiving Day.

Have a great week Friends!