When building an aeroplane from plans, and when constrained by a budget, a lot of work goes into sourcing bits and pieces.
Along the way I have had some terrible experiences with lousy suppliers. Fortunately I have also had some great experiences.
Below is a list of suppliers I have used for various things. I hope this will help in avoiding bad suppliers, help support the good ones and also help builders find things. Not all are necessarily the cheapest but the are all great people to deal with. I hope it helps.
|Name||Contact email / website|
|Aircraft Builders' parts - General||Wicks Aircraft Supply - US||www.wicksaircraft.com|
|Aeroware - New Zealand||www.aeroware.co.nz|
|Bearings||Auckland Bearing Distributors - AKL||www.auckbearings.co.nz|
|Clothing (Nomex - for test flying)||Flighthelmet - US||www.flighthelmet.com|
|Electronic Components / Connectors||Mouser Electronics - US||http://www.mouser.com|
|Radio Spares - AKL||http://www.rs-components.co.nz|
|Engine Monitor and encoder||Rocky Mountain Instrument - US||www.rkymtn.com|
|Engraving (Data Plate)||Ace Engravers - AKL||mailto:email@example.com|
|Exhaust Metallic Ceramic coating||High Performance Coatings - US - AKL - MELB||www.hpcoatings.com|
|Fuel Valves/Gascolators||Andair - UK||www.andair.co.uk|
|Falco parts||Sequoia Aircraft Corp (of course!!) - US||http://www.seqair.com|
|Leather Supplies||Dyetech - CHCfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Plastic (Raw material)||Plus Plastics - AKL||www.plusplastics.com|
|Starters||Skytec (This guy way great!!) - US||www.skytecair.com|
|Undercarriage leadscrew parts||Motion Technologies (Nook Industries) - Aus||www.motiontech.com.au|
|Wood - Aircarft grade Spruce||Western Aircraft Supplies - Canada||mailto:email@example.com|