New UT8897RS Series Rivet Shaver with .0005″ Adjustability!

November 14th, 2013

ut8897rs2The latest offering from Universal Tool – the UT8897RS Series .9 HP rivet shaver with .0005″ adjustable microstop attachment. Tool can be purchased with your choice of 1/4″; 5/16″; 3/8″; 7/16″; 1/2″; 9/16″ 5/8″ ID standard skirts. Also available in straight-handle version as well. Here are some of great features of this new tool series:

– Precision .0005″ cutter adjustability for precise shaving depth.

– Uses standard 1/4″-28 threaded rivet shaver cutters

– Reverse-threaded skirts keep vibration from affecting shaving depth repeatability.

– Ported throttle valve results in excellent feathering characteristics and speed control.

– Soft touch coating provides operator comfort.


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Also check out the tool video below on how to adjust the shaving depth and change skirts:

New “Raptor” Series .4 hp Angle Sander

October 10th, 2013

There is a new angle sander and die grinder series that has gone “back to the future”. The new Raptor Series angle sander and die grinders from Universal Tool  has refined and updated the design of the old Cyclone Series grinders/sanders formerly manufactured by IR®, so there is a tremendous amount of parts interchangeability. Yet, there are new upgrades for safety and durability such as the re-designed lock-off throttle and the brass throttle button and bushing assembly designed to guard against leaks around the throttle valve. Click here to view this tool on our website.

This powerful .4 HP tool uses precision Erickson-style collets found in the original Cyclone series grinders, but also used in Dotco®, Desoutter®, and other angle sanders on the market. The teasing throttle provides complete operator-responsive control of the tool spindle output rpm at any moment. Rpm options are 12K and 20K in the angle sander and 25K in the straight grinder. It also has the option of varying the exhaust from front to rear with a simple reversal of the flow ring behind the exhaust deflector.  raptor die grinder

Wylie-Estill, Ltd. dba Innovative Tooling Services awarded GSA Schedule Contract!

September 17th, 2013

GSAcontractInnovative Tooling Services (Wylie-Estill, Ltd.) was awarded a GSA Schedule contract Friday Sept. 13th 2013. Many fastener installation and hole preparation tools and noses are on our contract, and we especially look forward to dealing with our military maintenance community across the globe! Also check out the modular drilling attachments, rivet squeezers, Huck guns, Hi-Shear tools and offset drilling equipment to access hard-to-reach-areas include in the contract.

Be sure to look for Contract # GS-21F-183AA. Be sure to check out our website at

The ITPFABF “Clickbond” Surface Preparation Tool

August 14th, 2013


Introducing the ITPFABF! This is an excellent tool for the quick surface preparation required before the installation of Clickbond® or other adhesive bonded fastener. Only takes a few seconds to prep each hole!

This tool features adjustable guide rods which allow for use on various material thicknesses. There is an optional adjustable timer control with an automatic retract, and the tool is available with different hole guide diameters. Longer offset lengths are available which allow further reach into the material. The L-type attachment has 180° of rotation adjustment available.

Click this link to view this tool on our website.

Also, see below for a video of this tool in action:



Cherry G84-LS Split Riveter – for Production, MRO Repair and Limited Access Applications

July 17th, 2013

G84-LS Split Riveter  The G84-LS is a powerful, rugged, compact split riveter designed for ergonomic, high-speed and reliable operation.

Adapters are available for mounting most Cherry and Huck nose assemblies, and it will install 1/8″ through 1/4″ diameter aircraft structural fasteners such as lockbolts, blind bolts, and blind rivets. See the specific fasteners this tool will install and pricing by clicking this link.

This tool may be configured for comfortable left-hand, right-hand, inline, or pistol-grip operation. This allows for superior ergonomics and greater accessibility in obstructed fastener installation applications.

Please call Innovative Tooling Services if you have any questions about this tool or would like to see an on-site demonstration!

Boeing Launches 787-10 With Major Orders

June 18th, 2013

Boeing officially launched the Boeing 787-10 at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday. The manufacturer is going ahead with the development of the aircraft on the back of firm commitments for 102 from five different customers. The first 787-10 is to be delivered in 2018.

Among the customers launching the program are Air Lease Corporation (30 aircraft), United Airlines (20), British Airways (12), Singapore Airlines (30) and GECAS (ten). All of the orders are new commitments except ten of the 20 United aircraft, which have been rolled over from a previous 787 order and converted into the larger version.

The 787-10 is a 18 ft. stretch of the -9 allowing room for around 40 additional seats. Boeing says it will offer room for around 300-330 passengers. The aircraft will have a range of 7,000 naut. mi.

“The 787-10 will be the most efficient jetliner in history,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner said at the launch event in Paris. “The 787-10 is 25% more efficient than airplanes of its size today and more than 10% better than anything being offered by the competition for the future.”

Innovative Tooling Services, a tool vendor for the B787 program, has high-strength hex keys to assist in the installation of hi-lites in composite structures such as found on the Boeing 787. Click here for more information about our high-strength hex keys!

According to Boeing, final assembly and flight tests of the aircraft are both to begin in 2017 with first delivery scheduled for 2018.

“The 787-10 will be one of the most powerful wide-body aircraft for decades ahead,” ALC Chairman/CEO Steven Udvar-Hazy said. In his opinion, the aircraft will benefit from operational and development experience gained on the -8 and the -9.

Boeing managed to overcome Hazy’s initial concerns about range by increasing it to 7,000 naut. mi. Hazy said that was addressed by introducing a slightly higher maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 553,000 pounds. Some reinforcements in the wing to body attachment area and on the landing gear were needed to accommodate the increased weight. Engine thrust will also be slightly higher than originally planned. “The range covers 97% of the wide-body city pairs of the world,” Hazy pointed out. Its range will be around 1,500 naut. mi. than the -9.

The ALC CEO believes that a lot of 777-200s and Airbus A340s will be replaced by the aircraft.

– from Aviation Week Magazine

Huck 245 & 255 Rivet Guns

June 5th, 2013

245_huckThe Huck Models 245 & 255 rivet guns have similar fastener capacities and use the same noses. They both use the same noses that fit the old and obsolete Huck 353 rivet gun. Their operations are both similar to other hand-held pneudralic huck guns. Click here for more information on the Huck 245 rivet gun. Click here for more information on the Huck 255 rivet gun.

For more information, please click here to see the Huck guns section on our website.

More C919 Delays

May 30th, 2013
From Aviation Week Magazine May 24, 2013

Comac will miss a target to fly its C919 158-seat narrowbody airliner in 2014, industry sources familiar with the Chinese program tell Aviation Week.

The first flight now is scheduled for the second quarter of 2015, says one industry source with detailed knowledge of the program.

According to the new plan, Comac will roll out the aircraft in December 2014, says the source.The manufacturer still is aiming to achieve its target of a first delivery in 2016—but only just. The specific aim is now December of that year.

The first flight has been delayed by up to a year from a previous, unannounced target of June 2014.

Program managers had scheduled at least two years for flight testing. They now have about 18 months for testing, closer to the time allocated for flight tests by Western manufacturers.

The C919’s new schedule more closely matches the timetable for its engine. The CFM Leap-1C engine is due to be certified in June 2015, although the Civil Aviation Administration of China could permit C919 flight testing before the engine is certified.

The first Leap-1C should go into testing in the fall of this year, or at least no later than the fourth quarter.

Comac, a government agency registered as a company, made the decision to reschedule months ago, say three industry sources.

The delay is no surprise. The C919, launched in 2008, began to miss schedule targets as early as the supplier selection and contracting stage.

Perhaps they might have had a smoother ramp-up had they contacted Innovative Tooling Services with our wide selection of Huck, Cherry and Allfast rivet guns! Give us a call today if you need some fastener installation tooling assistance.

The Huck 2012 Rivet Gun

May 28th, 2013

2012_huckCome check out Innovative Tooling Services selection of Huck rivet guns in stock. Featured Huck gun today is the Huck Model 2012 rivet gun. Pulls a variety of Huck blind fasteners up to 3/16″ diameter. Click here for more information on the fasteners and nose assemblies used with this tool!

Huck 244 Rivet Gun Update

May 23rd, 2013
Huck 244 Rivet Gun

Huck 244 Rivet Gun

The Huck 244 Rivet gun can accept all noses that the older Model 352 accepted. Lightweight and priced right at Innovative Tooling Services. Come check it out here.

Part 21 Regulations May Cause Bottleneck

March 10th, 2011

From a story in Aviation Week:

New Part 21 regulations that will take effect in about six weeks on April 16 mean the companies that produce aerospace parts must submit quality manuals for FAA approval.

The Aviation Suppliers Association points out a looming bottleneck for the agency and potential problem for others in the industry — according to FAA, nearly 47% of the manufacturers affected by the regulation haven’t submitted a quality manual for approval.

The way things sit now, nearly half of these parts makers would be considered non-compliant after April 16. The impact on the supply chain could be truly disruptive for distributors, ASA notes in its March 2011 Update Report.

“Given the volume of manuals that still need to be approved, it is important for manufacturers to get their manuals into their local FAA offices NOW if they have not already submitted them,” writes ASA.

Furthermore, ASA spoke with FAA Director for Aircraft Certification Dorenda Baker, who believes that the lag in submitting manuals indicates that many suppliers’ quality systems no longer comply with FAA requirements.

“This could be used as a criterion for targeting enforcement resources,” ASA writes. “And this could open the doors to allegations that distributors handling those parts dealt in unapproved parts.”

Boeing Begins Production on the P-8A Poseiden

February 9th, 2011

From a SpeedNews Story:

Renton WA – BOEING has US Navy contract to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) of six P-8As (737s); The plans to purchase 117 total. See picture of the P-8A below:

FAA to fine US Airways; United Airlines

October 15th, 2009

US Airways
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $5.4 million civil penalty against US Airways, Inc. for allegedly operating eight aircraft on a total of 1,647 flights from October 2008 to January 2009 while not in compliance with certain Airworthiness Directives (ADs) or the airline’s maintenance program. ADs are rules issued by the FAA when an unsafe condition exists on a type of aircraft, and additional maintenance is required to remedy the problem.

Each year the FAA issues about 250 ADs requiring air carriers to correct potentially unsafe conditions. Compliance deadlines range from immediate action before further flight, to days, months, or years depending on the severity and complexity of the safety issue. Air carriers must fully comply with all of these legally enforceable directives.

The FAA found the following AD non-compliance issues:

US Airways, Inc. operated one Embraer 190 aircraft on 19 flights from October 22, 2008 to October 26, 2008 while the aircraft was not in compliance with an AD that required inspections to prevent a cargo door from opening during flight.
The airline failed to perform inspections required by an AD for cracking of a landing gear part on one Airbus A320. The airline operated the aircraft on 26 flights from November 2, 2008 to January 20, 2009 while not in compliance with the AD. The airline also operated another A320 for 17 flights from December 3, 2008 to January 21, 2009 while not in compliance with the same AD.
The FAA found the following problems with maintenance practices:

US Airways, Inc. failed to meet the requirements of its Maintenance Policies and Procedures Manual, which required inspections related to engine work on a Boeing 757 aircraft. The airplane was flown on 505 flights from May 2, 2008 to December 3, 2008.
From October 20, 2008 to November 14, 2008, US Airways, Inc. operated one Boeing 767 aircraft on 51 flights after failing to perform the inspections, tests, and samplings required by its maintenance program on that aircraft.
From October 1, 2008 to November 24, 2008, US Airways, Inc. operated one Boeing 757 aircraft on 121 flights without proper maintenance.
The airline failed to follow its maintenance program and perform a weekly maintenance check for one Boeing 767 aircraft, which was then operated from November 2, 2008 to November 6, 2008 on 53 flights.
From May 22, 2008 to January 13, 2009, US Airways, Inc. operated one Airbus A320 aircraft on 855 flights while the aircraft did not meet the airline’s maintenance program requirements for an engine repair. US Airways, Inc. could have deferred maintenance of this item for ten days under its maintenance program but failed to do so. Fifty-one of the flights occurred after the FAA, on December 31, 2008, brought the problem to the airline’s attention.
US Airways, Inc. has 30 days from the receipt of the civil penalty letter to respond to the FAA.

United Airlines
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $3.8 million civil penalty against United Airlines for allegedly operating one of its Boeing 737 aircraft on more than 200 flights after the carrier had violated its own maintenance procedures on one of the plane’s engines.

On April 28, 2008, a United 737 returned to Denver after shutting down an engine due to low oil pressure indications. During teardown of the engine a week later, United mechanics found that two shop towels, instead of required protective caps, had been used to cover openings in the oil sump area when maintenance was done in December 2007. As a result of United’s failure to follow its maintenance procedures, between February 10 and April 28, 2008 it flew the aircraft on more than 200 revenue flights when it was not in an airworthy condition.

United’s maintenance procedures specifically require use of protective caps or covers on all components that could be adversely affected by entry of foreign materials.

United has 30 days from the receipt of the civil penalty letter to respond to the FAA.

Aircraft Tool News and Resources

October 2nd, 2009 is your resource for industry news and resources for news on fastener installation and hole preparation hand and power aircraft tooling. This site is managed by Innovative Tooling Services with over 23 years of serving the worldwide airframe manufacturing and maintenance industry.

Whether you are an experienced A&P mechanic, assembler, or an apprentice, you’ll find information and resources we are sure you will find helpful.