TARA Resources

The Technical Corner Index

(as of September 2011)

Articles by Bob Lock

Some Ideas on TroubleshootingMarch 2001
Introduction to the Technical CornerJune 2001
Pre-cover InspectionSepember 2001
Inspection CheckListDecember 2001
Aging Aircraft IssuesJune 2002
Repairs, Alterations, Maintenance, Preventive MaintenanceSeptember 2002
Adhesives & BondingDecember 2002
More on Bonding- Epoxy AdhesivesMarch 2003
My Thoughts on Radial EnginesJune 2003
Breaking in the EngineSeptember 2003
Materials &ProcessesDecember 2003
More Material & ProcessesMarch 2004
Fuel & Oil SystemsJune 2004
Continental 220 Rear Main Bearing FailureSeptember 2004
Instrument SystemsDecember 2004
My Thoughts on Propeller CareMarch 2005
My Thoughts on Propeller Care Part 2July 2005
More on Continental W-670 Main Bearing FailuresOctober 2005
Engine InstallationsDecember 2005/January 2006
Engine Installations Part 2April 2006
Elementary Assembly & Rigging Part 1June 2006
Elementary Assembly & Rigging Part 2September/December 2006
Elementary Weight & BalanceMarch 2007
Elementary Theory of FlightJune 2007
Test FlightsSempember 2007
Take-Offs & LandingsDecember 2007
Bendix 30 x 5 WheelsMarch 2008
Structual AlignmentSept 2008
Hydraulic Lock in Single Row Radial EnginesDec 2008
Continued Airworthiness The Wright R760 Radial Engine, Critical InspectionJune 2009
Preventive Maintenance Part 1Sept 2009
Preventive Maintenance Part 2Dec 2009
Continued Airworthiness, Part 1, Structural AluminumJune 2010
Continued Airworthiness, Part 2, Non-Structural AluminumSept 2010
Continued Airworthiness, Part 3, Steel Structures Dec 2010
Continued Airworthiness, Part 4, Wood & Fabric StructuresMarch 2011
Specialty Inspections, Part 1June 2011

Travel Air Drawings and Technical Documents


Phil Wyels
12522 Christy Lane
Los Alamitos, CA 90720


Travel Air DER

    Phil Wyels has received an appointment as FAA Consultant Designated Engineering Representative (DER) from the Aircraft Certification Office (ACO) limited to Travel Air model aircraft. Delegated functions are within the technical areas of structural, power plant installations, mechanical and electrical systems and equipment, piston engines, and major repairs and alterations.

    Phil will be happy assist any Travel Air owner or restorer in the certification process for their aircraft.

    He can be reached at 562-881-6711 (8AM to 6PM Pacific Time) or by E-Mail

Travel Air Books

  • Travel Air Wings Over The Prairie, by Edward Phillips, Flying Books, Eagen, MN 55122, 1982. Excellent company history with details of events and people with many factory photos.
  • U.S. Civil Aircraft, by Joseph P.Juptner, Volumes 1, 2, 3 & 9. Aero Publishers,Fallbrook, CA 92028. Details all Travel Air models covered by full Approved Type Certificate or Memo Approval.
  • American Aviation Historical Society Journal, Volume 33, Numbers 1, 2 & 3 (1988), "The Travel Air Biplanes, 1925-1930," by Peter M. Bowers. Detail Travel Air model variations and markings with many great photos.
  • The Antiquer, Antique Airplane Association, Blakesburg, IA, December 1965 & January 1966, "Topic: Travel Air," Part I & II, by Ernie Webb, Charlotte, NC. Excellent overview of Travel air history and construction details with much information based on interviews with Lloyd Stearman.
  • Travel Air a Photo History, by Bruce Bissonette, Aviation Heritage, PO Box 665, Destin, FL 32540. 1996. Excellent Travel Air history and factory photos.
  • Mystery Ship!, A History of the Travel Air Type R Monoplanes, by Edward H. Phillips. Flying Books International, 211 Alpha Lane, Fleming Field, South St. Paul, MN 55075. 1999. Great history and photos of Travel Air's famous racing aircraft, the Model R.
  • Aircraft Listing & Aircraft Engine & Propeller Listing, Volume VI. Type certificate data sheets and specifications, Department of Transportation, FAA. Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, Stock No. 050-007-00360-9.