Hamp SafeStart Starter System Now STC'd
In the April issue of EAA Sport Aviation we detailed the quest of Harold Hamp, EAA 300857, to produce an alternative to the requirement for hand-propping many of the lightplanes built prior to the 1950s. The self-contained system, built around the high-torque capabilities of a battery-powered cordless drill motor, allows the engine to be started from within the cockpit, and it does not require the installation of an external electrical system. The installation is straightforward; the most complex part is the installation of a ring gear behind the propeller. Harold recently advised us that he has now received a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the installation of the SafeStart system. The cost is $2,350 for Hamp Aircraft Service to install the system, or $1,850 plus postage for a kit that can be installed by your local airframe and powerplant mechanic. For more information on this self-contained starter (STC No. SA02604CH FAA-PMA) for many of the aircraft built by Aeronca, Luscombe, Piper, and Taylorcraft, call Harold Hamp, Hamp Aircraft Service, in Elwell, Michigan, at 989-463-1762.