Bogert Aviation is known for coming up with innovative product designs that really work. The latest product from Bogert Aviation is no exception, and it has truly made a messy job clean, quick, and profitable. The product changes the landing gear strut servicing process in a way that makes total sense.
The company has created several strut service tools in the past that made the job a lot less messy, but the aircraft still had to be placed on jacks and the landing gear strut manually cycled up and down with man power. The new “system” eliminates virtually all of the mess and only takes a fewminutes. Best of all, it’s totally safe, because no jacks are involved. There is no manual lifting. There is nothing to clean up. This is a simple, clean process that can be done on the ramp.
The old way of filling or topping off landing gear struts with oil has always been timeconsuming and a bit risky. You start by bringing the airplane into the hangar, setting the jacks in place, and lifting the aircraft until the struts are fully extended. Then comes the messy part – filling the strut with oil and then pushing the excess oil out. I can see the oil dripping or running down the strut, brakes, tire, and wheel pants and onto the hangar floor. You can spend hours doing this and cleaning up the mess afterward.
Check out the YouTube video showing just how easy this new process is. Simply remove the pressure cap. Attach Bogert Aviation’s strut service tool to bleed off the strut pressure and capture any oil and foam that might be expelled. Attach the pressurized strut filler pump hose to the strut. Pump the handle of the pump until the strut has extended a couple of inches. And, finally, reattach the strut service tool to bleed off any excess oil. The strut is full! Just add air or nitrogen, and you’re done. This just takes a couple of minutes.
The pump PN 90M-PSF ($547.75) comes with a 6-foot hose and strut fittings. Add the PN 16-SST ($19.00) to complete the service set. Bogert Aviation also builds several models of strut pumps. I might add that everything is made in the United States, and the pump is similar to one Bogert Aviation builds for the United States Army and United States Marine Corps as part of jack kits for armored vehicles.
Bogert Aviation can be reached at (509) 736-1513, or visit www.bogert-av.com