Mechanic's Toolbox CD -- Version 5.5
Specially designed for the Aircraft Mechanic or Aircraft Technician.

Own a lifetime of wisdom - and make your job easier.

You get 41 software programs designed to make your job as an
Aircraft Mechanic easier.

Smart Tools with over 3,526 photographs, 162 catalogs and manuals, 11 videos, and 3 E-books all on one CD.

You spend less time looking up information than the old paper catalogs.

Portable - run from a USB drive - Take it with you technology.


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Platform: Windows 2000, XP and Vista

Mechanic's Toolbox includes the following smart tools:

Ohm's Law for Mechanics Computes voltage, amps, ohms, and watts.

Torque Wrench with Extension Calculator Makes your job easier by computing torque setting for torque wrench adapters. Torque conversions for foot-pounds, inch-pounds, ounce-inch, and Newton-meter. Includes common torque values, fastener strengths, torque calculation. Produce your own torque wrench extension chart. Turn of the nut torque, nylock nut torques. We make torque easy.

Grease Selector - Select the proper grease for the job. Mil-spec data. Type explanation.

Anti-Seize Selector - Select the proper anti-seize for the job. Specifications, differences.

Fastener Strength - Aircraft hardware series - computes bolt breaking, yield, torque, clamp force. Includes large library of fastener strength values. Includes nut strength, shear strength, nut strength, hydrogen embrittlement, zinc coating on high strength bolts, hex nut tensile strength. Nut K factors including effect of phosphate coating on bolt torque.

Aircraft Navigation Bulbs - Visual identification chart and application data for aircraft light bulbs. Makes your job easier.

Aircraft Fittings - Visual identification chart of over 50 fittings used on aircraft. Includes port identification, port O'rings, torque specifications, npt fittings, gasket application, sealing application. Aircraft AN fittings, JIC fittings, flare for AN fittings. All the information you need to know about aircraft fittings.

Cowling 1/4 turn Captive Fasteners - Includes Camloc fastener, Dzus fastener, Southco fastener, and Airloc. Visual identification.

Aircraft Drain Valves - Over 41 different types of drain valves are pictured in the visual identification chart. Includes application data. Curtis, Safair, and MDI valves are listed. Saves you time.

Pressure conversions Converts between psi - inches of water - inches of mercury - atmosphere

Aircraft Battery Tester Computes battery state of charge for 12 or 24 volt aircraft and 12 volt automotive based on voltage, or specific gravity. Applies temperature correction. Compares self-discharge rates versus temperature for sealed and flooded batteries. Tells you how long the battery can sit before discharge and/or damage. Includes battery wiring diagrams.

Shelf Life computes expiration date by quarter for rubber products. For shops who must keep track of cure date for rubber products. Includes shelf life table for common items. Shelf-Life definitions and discussion of shelf-life issues.

Alternator Charging System Checker step-by-step instructions for diagnosing aircraft alternator charging system problems. Alternator types, testing. Regulator types, pin-out diagrams, mounting diagrams, troubleshooting information.

Aircraft Hose Shop Hose types, specifications, part numbers, Firesleeve. Helps you select the proper aircraft hose or hose assembly. The easiest way to learn about aircraft hose.

Starter Analyzer Step-by-step instructions using voltage checks for checking the aircraft starter system.

Slick Magneto Shop Step-by-step instructions on inspecting the Slick 4300 & 6300 series magneto. Program lets you take apart the magneto and shows you what to inspect and what you need to do the inspection. Smart tools for the smart mechanic

Part Number cross reference Confusing and obsolete part numbers are a real drag. This is the solution. We'll help you find the right one. Many aircraft parts have multiple part numbers. This program finds alternates, cross references, and related numbers for over 37,000 general aviation parts. Lubrication mil-spec references and cross -reference tables for hardware.

Horsepower Computes Brake horsepower, Indicated horsepower, BMEP, Calculates horsepower correction for non-standard conditions, Propeller Load Curve, Mechanical efficiency, Thermal efficiency, Volumetric efficiency, Metric horsepower, Electrical horsepower, RAC horsepower, Boiler horsepower, DIN horsepower, SAE horsepower, Engine displacement, Heat capacity of fuels, Brake Specific Fuel Consumption, Aircraft piston engine power charts.

Rust Galvanic Corrosion Potential of Metals  Everything you ever wanted (needed) to know about corrosion. Compares different metal combinations for dissimilar metal corrosion and various protection methods. Corrosion types, protection methods. Learn how to protect your investment. Shows you the difference between zinc, phosphate, cadmium, patina, galvanize, and more. Stainless steel application.

Vibration Analysis Computer Converts between the three primary units of measure that define engine vibration; Displacement, Velocity, and Acceleration. Also computes engine vibration orders and discusses engine pendulum absorbers.

Propeller Load Curve computes changes in horsepower given change in rpm.

Pipe Thread Ruler Select the correct pipe fitting size or dash size. Everything about threads; metric, straight, British, AN, SAE, Port Threads "J" threads, thread abbreviation, etc. The Easiest way to learn. Includes thread definitions. Pipe thread torque.

AN Aircraft Bolt Use for selecting proper AN bolt size and length, washer type and size, and nut type and size. Displays bolt diameter, wrench size, bolt total length, bolt grip length, bolt head markings, bolt torque, cotter key size, washer type, etc. Includes Nuts, washers, and cotter keys. Your reference guide to aircraft hardware.

NAS Hardware - MS Aircraft Bolts Reference charts and data for 14 different NAS hardware and MS bolts.

Aircraft Metals Everything you might need to know about aircraft metal. Properties, uses, designations. Stainless steel specifications and types. You're off to a good start when you know your metals.

Geometric Terms Mechanics and engineers communicate using specialized terms. Pictures and definitions.

Plastics Types of machine plastics, application, properties, and machining and drilling tips.

Reference Charts Temperature reference for many materials gives maximum, melting, burning temperatures, Rockwell C hardness, drill sizes, fractions, metric prefixes, sheet metal gauges, rivet hole sizes and drill selector, wire gauges, thread pitch, tap sizes, fraction to decimal conversion, aircraft grease chart, adhesive types, metal types and properties.

Aircraft Rivet Types of aerospace rivets, size and weight, hole size standards, rivet driving standards, countersink head standards, defect standards. Includes "blind rivets" such as CherryMax, cowl fastener rivets, and fabric rivet, pop rivets.

Aircraft Screws -Photos and reference size charts for 30 different aircraft screw types, cross references, size charts.
O-rings - AN, MS, NAS o-ring types, sizes, and specifications, inspection, cross-references, Boss O-rings, etc. Includes an6230, an6227, ms29513, ms28775 and others.

Metric Hardware - Reference charts and guides for metric bolts, nuts and screws.

Aircraft Ducting - Reference chart for Scat and Cat aircraft air ducting.

Gears - Spur gear description, nomenclature, inspection, involute curves

Aircraft Wire - Everything you need to know about aircraft wire. Aerospace wire types and ratings, voltage drop, circuit protection, altitude de-rating, mil-spec listing. MIL-W-22759 wire charts.

Compass Deviation Analyzer - Analyses compass deviation to predict the source of the deviation, intensity and direction. When you swing the aircraft and record the compass deviation that data represents a map of the magnetic field affecting the compass. You can then use that information to make changes to the aircraft to help reduce compass errors.

Aircraft Wire Rope - MIL-DTL 83420 Control cable, galvanized control cable, sleeves, and swedge ends. Includes AN turnbuckles and MS turnbuckles  and aircraft pulleys

Aircraft Brakes - Visual identification chart for aircraft brake linings. You spend less time trying to identify brake linings. Aircraft brake lining application for aircraft using Cleveland brakes or Rapco brakes. Brake disc application and identification charts makes your job easier.

Manuals - Mechanic's Toolbox comes with a collection of approximately 100 aircraft parts and maintenance manuals. You can download new manuals into Mechanic's Toolbox. Incudes many hard-to-find manuals.

Ignition Harness - Repairing aircraft piston engine (Lycoming and Continental) ignition harnesses. Lots of photographs show you how to do your own repair.

Anti-Seize - Everything you might want (or need) to know about anti-seize. Enter temperature and application and program recommends the best anti-seize.

Wear Pattern Analysis ebook. - Using wear patterns to inspect parts for proper operation.
Crack Detection using the Unaided Eye ebook.
Measurement Errors and Challenges for Mechanics ebook

- Add your own tools to Mechanic's Toolbox or download new ones. See our Custom Tool library

Videos -Short video clips demonstrating various maintenance tips.

Engineering Manual Companion Currently there are over 906 photographs and 768 pages of information that I've written since publishing the Sky Ranch Engineering Manual. So here it is: The Sky Ranch Engineering Manual Companion a program that lets you quickly view all of this information off-line and at your convenience. Download the program and try it out, you can access the program up to 5 times in demo mode.

TroubleShoot - extensive Lycoming & Continental symptom listing
Pilot Articles
Mechanic Articles
Hose Catalog
Engine Problem Photo Gallery
906 photographs
768 pages
Measurement conversion program
Aircraft Compass Degauss instructions
Oil Filter Examination

Comments from users:

I'm still amazed at the amount of excellent data you have provided on the CD. I would have given a months pay to have this when I was an engineer for United Airlines at the San Francisco Maintenance Base. I was an alternate for the Standards Engineer and when he went on vacation or a trip, I was responsible for finding all the hardware that anyone needed.
Your CD would have saved me many hours of digging the information out of the "books".

John:  Just wanted to send you a note of appreciation for your Mechanics Toolbox program.

I haven't worked "hands on" on our company aircraft for a number of years, having been relegated to running a computer, but I keep my hand in working on a couple of classic and antique machines.  I obtained a copy of Mechanics Toolbox about a year ago specifically for the manual on the Eiseman Mag, and to be honest I really hadn't looked at the rest of the program.

While cleaning up my system in preparation to being put out to pasture I finally remedied that omission.  What a little jewel!  The information contained equal or exceeds my four foot shelf of reference material, and it's up to date and instantly accessible.  I will certainly order an updated copy when I am re established and I am sure that it will become a reference of choice.  Thanks again