If you have a Turbo, you'll start on fire!"

While landing in a Turbo Aztec, an aircraft that Put was riding in caught on fire.

Does a “fire sleeve” really help, or is it causing you more potential for fires? Interesting perspective!


Some Good Ideas and Tips

More Spark Plug tips – when you install new spark plug washers, which side goes against the plug?


Spark Plug Washers

When you pull the spark plugs, check to make sure you’re not missing any spark plug washers!


Mods and Gimicks that Pilots Buy

There are just about as many people making things to sell, as there are pilots to buy them!

Some things work pretty well, but most of them do nothing, or may even be worse than if you didn’t have them at all.

Case in point, this aircraft has “wear guard” applied to the propeller. Upon closer inspection, we can see that the “tape” is chipped and peeling loose.


Removing Bird Nests with a Welding Torch!

Obviously, you’re on your own with this one. Take reasonable precautions, and don’t call us if you burn the plane, deal?

Everyone always tells you to inspect the baffles and cooling fins of your engine for foreign objects. Anything that restricts air flow will cause over heating, and heat kills engines.

So, what do you do when you find that birds have filled your entire cowling with freshly cut hay?

First, you pull out as much as you can. Then you burn out the rest, and let the ash fall out the bottom. Or you’ll be there for days with tweezers trying to get to it, and there just isn’t room.

But please do be careful ok?


Mr Put Oil Filter Tips and Tricks

A few really good tips in this video clip, relating to the oil filter.

Using “Spaghetti” to protect the oil filter from the safety wire chaffing against the can. The oil pump causes oil pressure pulsations, which flex the oil filter.

Also, if you have clearance, use the biggest oil filter that you can fit, they typically cost about the same price.


Mr Put – Muffler Supports – Improvements

Some of the muffler support kits work better than others. Often the problem is they are too ridged, and do not allow expansion as parts come up to temperature. By putting a rubber grommet into the support bracket, it acts as a vibration dampener.


Mr Put – Just checking for loose screws

Screws tend to work them selves loose over time. While inspecting the aircraft, just quickly check the screws as you go, and give them a little snug up. On the rocker covers, especially if they’ve been worked on, the screws will loosen as the gaskets settle in. Do NOT over tighten them!


Mr Put – Pull the Dipstick! and check your fly too!

An ounce of prevention, is worth 10 pounds of cure.

Put is the master of creating a system to prevent mishaps. Its so easy to get distracted, and forget what exactly you were doing. So leave little clues, like in this instance, when you drain the oil from the engine, pull the dip stick, and leave it sticking up. That way, if all else fails, you’ll notice it before you start then engine.


Mr Put – 78 years old, FAA award winner

Put talking about the FAA Charles Taylor award, for 50 years of aircraft maintenance… that he won 10 years ago!


Mr. Put – Talking about some of his loyal customers

Talk about customer loyalty! Put talks about some of his customers, who have been loyal over the years.

One customer has been flying his aircraft to where Put was working, for over 50 years, to have the inspections performed!

Another customer is still flying from New Jersey, to Michigan, to have the aircraft inspected on a regular basis. He’s been a customer for over 35 years!

“Put, if you’re getting ready to get out of the business, let me know, because the airplane is gone!”


Mr. Put explaining the AD List in the Logbook

In this video, Mr. Put is explaining the list of the ADs that have been performed on this airplane. Each entry has a signature, so you know it was done, and who did it.

He also mentions that he has worked on this particular airplane since 1983.

This video is a highlight from the soon to be released multiple DVD set, where I followed Put around the hanger for a couple weeks, while he was performing Annual inspections on both a Single and a Twin Piper Comanche aircraft.

Stay Tuned!


Mr Put’s Monkey Joke

Mr Put’s Monkey Joke, where he describes how a manufacturer will tell you not to do something, but they don’t really understand why you’re not supposed to do it!

In this case, we’re discussing lubricating the starter’s bendix assembly.


Explaining the Project – Mr Put’s Comanche Videos

Mr. “Put” has such a depth of understanding of how things work, and how to best keep them working. That was really our biggest reason for taking on this project, as Put was nearing retirement when we shot this. We felt that it was worth capturing some of what he’d learned over the years, for the next generation.

While he specializes in the Piper aircraft, many of his tips would equally apply to other type aircraft as well. For example, his description of starting procedures would apply to any other aircraft using the Lycoming engine. Or Put’s tips on cleaning spark plugs would benefit any mechanic’s workflow.

Put also has a unique way of bridging the gap, in explaining “mechanic” stuff in a way that Pilots can understand it. While I was with Put filming these videos, he was often “interrupted” by customers, who either stopped by or called him with questions, or to say thanks for what he had explained.


Introducing Carlin Comm – Video Producer

In the first post, you got a brief introduction to Mr. Clark “Put” Putman, a very distinguished aircraft mechanic with about 60 years of experience.

In early 2008, I had the pleasure of flying twice, from Seattle, WA out to Detroit, MI, where I was allowed to follow Put around his hanger for a few days. Put was performing an Annual Inspection on both a Single engine and a Twin Comanche, both owned by Dr. William S Demray, DDS, of Northville, Michigan.

I had actually met Dr. Demray, and Put the year earlier, when Dr. Demray hired me to produce a short video clip in Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market.

In addition to my 10 years experience producing videos, ranging from weddings to sporting events to documentaries, I also have 9 years experience as a US Navy Airframes Mechanic, having worked on Navy Jets and Helicopters. Although there were a lot of differences between what I was used to, and what Put was showing me, at least I had an idea of what he was talking about, and I really enjoyed my time spent with him in the hanger.