Massachusetts-based Approach Aviation announced an expanded alternator drive coupling tool kit, which will be able to service more Continental piston engines, on July 19.
The patent-pending Alternator Coupling Tool Kit by Approach Aviation is “designed for proper installation, removal and testing of alternator drive couplings found on an expanded number of Continental Aerospace Technologies piston engines,” according to the company’s press release.
Proper installation and inspection (every 500 hours) are crucial for engines with direct-drive, gear-driven alternators, as an imprecise coupling installation can lead to engine failure. The purpose of this upgraded alternator tool kit is to make it easy for mechanics to inspect, install, and remove this important engine component.
“Proper installation and inspection of the alternator drive coupling is critical to the safety of these aircraft and our first tool kit for IO-520/550 engines has been so popular that it’s been difficult to maintain stock,” said Jeff Simon, president of Approach Aviation. “This enhanced kit supports even more engines and makes it easier for shops to do proper maintenance, as well as test the couplings before sending an alternator out for maintenance. It saves money for aircraft owners and is a win-win for both safety and efficiency.”
The new ADCKIT2 is priced at $239.95, while the original ADKIT1 is still available for $199.95 on Approach Aviation’s website.
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