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Skybolt supports the next generation in aviation

Vans RV Owners Gathered for the 2017 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Social.  “TANGO FLIGHT” STEM PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR, Dan Weyant is the winner of the Skybolt Vans RV-12 Stainless Steel Quarter-Turn Cowling Fastener Kit!

On Monday, July 24, 2017 at the 2017 Oshkosh RV Social, (hosted by Arthur J.Gallagher & Co. along with Vans Air Force guru, Dan Horton), Ned & Debra Bowers attended a very special gathering of the elite Vans RV builders, owners, enthusiasts, mentors, and dreamers.

Congratulations to Dan Weyant, an instructor/teacher at East View High School (Georgetown, Texas), who won the big prize at the 2017 Oshkosh RV Social. Dan said he will donate the Skybolt RV-12 Stainless Steel Fastener Kit to TANGO FLIGHT, an Aerospace Engineering STEM Class.

The Skybolt ¼-turn fastener kit will be installed on the current TANGO FLIGHT Vans RV-12 aircraft building project. The TANGO FLIGHT course is unique in providing a college level curriculum with hands on experience, building an airplane, and practical experience working on aircraft with local businesses.

Skybolt Aeromotive Corp has also been very involved in promoting STEM programs and Apprenticeship Program startups in Lake County, Florida along with a group of Central Florida’s own Technical Colleges, other programs, and a supportive community of manufacturers.

For more information, email or call 352.326.000

New from Skybolt – CLoc® Adjustable Receptacle for blind applications

Now the adjustment feature is located on the front side of the inner support panel, not the backside as previous lockers.

In 1993, Skybolt reformed the ¼-Turn Fastener design by introducing the unique adjusting receptacle. The key to adjusting is a fine threaded locking insert that allows one stud length to grip a broad range of panel thicknesses. Typically, a Camloc fastener has a grip range of .030 or +/- .015 inches. This limits how and what industries would consider this type of quick acting fastener.

However, the Skybolt designed SK213, SK215, and SK245 Series receptacles created a grip range of about .300 or +/- .150 inches.

The challenge from the beginning was how to lock the insert. Our original design and patent used a spring pin to secure the insert. Of course, re-adjusting proved to be challenging. We then patented an external locking band that has served us well for over 20 years. However, the outer band does not support a blind installation or an encapsulated installation.

Skybolt then came up with the pin-ball internal locker that had many advantages except the length of the insert was longer than desired, and the ball was not retained if the insert was removed. Moreover, we had issues with unwanted unlocking which proved difficult to control from lot to lot.

The latest Skybolt Adjusting mechanism uses a rotating cam pin. It answers almost all of our desires in an adjusting fastener, is simple with a positive lock, and contains less mass and moving parts.

As we gain experience with this new patent pending design, we plan to modify all Skybolt adjusting receptacles to this design; we call our Dash 7 (-7) Series. This new generation will allow us to phase out two of our old designs and focus on just one design for all applications, blind, nonblind, encapsulated, and our SK2003-50ADJ Cessna Platemounts.

The only tool necessary is a small flat blade screwdriver similar to common eyeglass screwdrivers.

To adjust, simply locate the slotted locking pin adjacent to either of the two locking indices.

The slot should be in the position shown to lock or unlock properly. (the slot points to the center of the receptacle insert). Turn the pin 180 degrees in either direction. The pin has a camming action as it moves from lock to unlock to lock. When unlocked, the insert is free to turn for adjustment.

Unlike previous internal locking designs, this pin retains itself even when the insert is completely removed.

Note: The insert should not be adjusted such that more than three threads are showing at the top or bottom.

Because of our NASM5591 endurance testing, Skybolt recommends a small drop of oil on all fastener cross pins. This will significantly increase the endurance (cycles) of the fastener