Aircraft Maintenance

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Aircraft maintenance: Heater health for your twin

Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 11 24

All aircraft heating systems should be inspected prior to seasonal use. Learn considerations specific to the combustion-based heater systems found in most twin-engine aircraft.

Aircraft maintenance: Heater health for your single

Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 11 12

The No. 1 concern with any aircraft cabin heating system is safety. In the muffler-based heating systems found in single-engine aircraft, the primary danger comes from carbon monoxide. Here are tips for inspecting your heating system to make sure it’s safe.

Aircraft Maintenance: Major vs minor alterations, part 2

Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 10 22

Find out how to determine if an alteration you want to make to your aircraft is major or minor and how to build a case for any modification you are considering.

Aircraft maintenance: Major vs. minor alterations

Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 10 08

The most important place to start with any repair or alteration is with an assessment of whether it is a major or minor alteration. This is critical because the approval and documentation requirements for major vs. minor alterations are significantly different and, in fact, can be the difference between a simple logbook entry and a complex FAA approval process.

Aircraft maintenance: Mystery upgrades and opportunities

Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 09 11

What’s legal when it comes to modifying older aircraft? The starting point in any analysis of a potential aircraft modification is to answer the question: Is this a major alteration or a minor alteration?

How to handle aircraft maintenance when traveling

Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 08 18

Having to deal with any form of aircraft maintenance when you're far from home isn't fun. Your resources are limited, you don't necessarily know the local fixed-base operator, and your options may be very limited. When you're away from home, it's in your best interest to become your own maintenance manager and advocate.

Summer vacation flying: Packing for your trip

Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 08 04

Before taking off on a trip where you’ll be gone for an extended period of time or flying in remote areas, gather some spare parts and tools to take along in case a maintenance issue arises along the way.

Tips for smooth trips, part 2: Pre-trip maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 07 18

Get your airplane ready for a long cross-country trip by keeping an eye out for these common “trip interrupters.”

Summer vacation flying: Maintenance tips for smooth trips

Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 07 08

Any successful cross-country trip requires careful maintenance planning well in advance of the first leg of the trip.

Aircraft maintenance: Breaking breakers

Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 06 25

When electrical system gremlins started to appear in A&P mechanic Jeff Simon's airplane, he discovered that his aircraft's circuit breakers (one of which was 41 years old) were failing one by one.