Tanis Aircraft Blog

  • Upcoming Events for Tanis

    Tanis aircraft preheat products - upcoming events

    September 21-25     Cessna 120/140 Annual Convention  Faribault, MN

    October 1-2              Red Bull Air Race                               Indianapolis, IN

    October 15-16          Red Bull Air Race                               Las Vegas, NV


  • Tanis News

    After months of preparation, we are excited to announce that MHM Publishing will be showcasing Tanis Aircraft Products in their latest Insight publication. The article will be included in the upcoming industry tradeshows and will be distributed at the Air Medical Trade Show in Charlotte, NC on September 26-28.  From there, it will be headed to the Helitech Show in Amsterdam on Oct.11-13 and then on to HAC in Edmonton, Alberta on Nov. 11-13.  Here’s a sneak peak in the upcoming issue Insight Article.


    EAA Chapter 1397 hosted the 6th fly-in for Land and Seaplanes on August 19th and 20th, at the Moberg Airbase at Bemidji, MN. The weekend was full of activities starting with overnight camping on the field, Friday night cook out, camp fire and large screen movie. We had a great turnout of aircraft on Saturday. Click HERE for a video of the weekend’s events.

    Congratulations to Pete Schumachert of Grand Forks, ND who won the Grand Prize! He was the big winner of an Avionics/Cabin Heater.

    Thanks to all those who flew in for the event and for all those who contributed to make this fly-in a success!

    EAA 1397 fly-in.pdf



    Air Venture Cup Logo

    AirVenture Cup Race once again proved successful, safe and fun! Congratulations to all those who participated and a hearty congratulations to the winner!

    We are a proud sponsor of the 19th running of the AirVenture Cup Cross-Country Air Race. The race took place on July 24 from Mitchell, SD to Wausau, WI with several intermediate turning points creating a course of 400+ nautical miles.  This race is the world’s premier amateur open-circuit race open to all experimental and factory built aircraft. Check out the race results here: AirVenture Cup.


    Tanis Team

    Tanis Aircraft Products

    Thanks to all of our customers, partners, and fans who joined us at the tent at EAA AirVenture. The Tanis Team would like to THANK YOU for stopping by our booth during Oshkosh. We had a great show and we hope you enjoyed your time too! We always appreciate it when our customers stop by our tent.


    Logo with Booth #

    Come see us at our next event!! We’ll be headed to Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the EAA AirVenture on July 25-31! We’ll be exhibiting at Booth #286! Whether you come to fly or come to watch, when you visit EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, you experience the world’s greatest aviation celebration.


    Seaplane Logo

    We will be sponsoring this event and it’s an event that you don’t want to miss. The purpose of this event is to promote seaplane flying and safety programs pertaining to seaplane operation throughout the State of Minnesota. Promote a forum for the purpose of approaching governmental agencies, to educate said agencies, the legislature and the public in the understanding of seaplane operation, and create safe and compatible seaplane base facilities in the State of Minnesota.

    If you love aviation, this will be a great time for you to come and check it out. It’s sure to be another great time for land or sea pilots!  And yes, it’s open to the general public too!



    We’re headed to Anchorage for the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering (April 30 – May 1) where we will be exhibiting (Booth #153). We would love to have you swing by our booth and register for the Avionics/Cabin Heater. An Avionics/Cabin Heater will be given away each day during the show and we don’t want you to miss out! For more information, please contact Tanis Aircraft Products.



    We’re excited to announce we will be exhibiting at the upcoming Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering!

    Our very own Dirk Ellis, Engineering Manager, will be leading a session on “Taking the Chill Out of Winter Operations” on Saturday at 9am in the GMAG Tent. His qualifications include: Aerospace Structural Component Manufacturing, A&P, Commercial Instrument ASES/ASEL/AMEL and 4,200+hrs of flying. You won’t want to miss this very informative session.

    The Gathering will feature educational sessions and a variety of vendors of aviation-related products. Educational sessions will cover a broad range of topics, including owner-assisted maintenance, seaplane operations, ski plane operations, survival medicine, single pilot IFR, Minnesota aviation history, winter operations, engine management, how to promote your local airport and much more.



  • Tanis Tip-of-the-Week

    Monitor Oil/Cylinder Head Temp:

    –>During the winter months some aircraft manufactures recommend installing winter fronts and/or oil cooler covers. Proper winter fronts allow the oil and cylinders to reach and maintain correct operating temperatures. After fitting, keep an eye on oil and cylinder head temperatures, especially if the weather turns warmer. And remember these require FAA approval for installation unless manufacturer approved.




  • Aircraft Engine Preheat System on a Warbird?

    Why put a state-of-the-art, modern Tanis engine preheater on a warbird?

    Increased safety of operation and reduced operating costs!

    The Pratt & Whitney R-1340 series, super charged 9 cylinder radial engine is capable of producing upwards to 600 horse power, sipping just over 30 gph in cruise.

    Prairie Air is performing the installation of a Tanis Preheat System on fresh overhaul of a 1340 on a T-6G.

    The AT-6 Texan was used as a single engine advanced trainer (AT) during World War II. The ‘G’ designation means it had additional enhancements such as a full time hydraulic system, and a steerable tail wheel.

    The T-6 has been used in various movies such as Tora! Tora! Tora!, A Bridge Too Far and The Final Countdown.

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    The T-6G was used in limited light attack roles, fitted machine guns, rockets and bombs.

    The T-6 is commonly powered by the Pratt & Whitney R-1340 series, super charged 9 cylinder radial engine capable of producing upwards to 600 horse power burning 80 octane avgas at just over 30 gph in cruise.

    Some private operators provide providing rides to interested people for a price that usually covers operating expenses.

    However, since most AT-6 aircraft are not revenue producers (at best revenues cover expenses) the airframes and power plants require more care than the average aircraft. As an example the warm and run-up time can be lengthy, well over 30 minutes.

    The consensus seems to be that depending upon how cold the OAT, a PW R-1340 could burn anywhere from 50 to 80 gallons for warm up, taxi and takeoff. With current avgas prices running between 4.58 and 7.10 $/gallon, that’s a lot not to mention reserves put aside for the extended runtime.

    As you can see from these photos, this team is wisely installing Tanis Aircraft Preheat Kit. That way when the engine starts in summer like conditions, minimizing run-up and launch times Saving gas and time!

    Tanis piston engine preheat systems are well-known, but we provide state-of-the art turbine and radlial engine preheat systems as well.

    Warm up time will be minimized, and engine run-up times will therefore be reduced for the same flight.

    More photos to come in a future article. . . .