Aircraft Maintenance

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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.

Aircraft maintenance: Building an experimental aircraft

Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 06 17

The idea of building and flying your own aircraft can be daunting to the average pilot. But many things in aviation are a continuum: student to pilot, pilot to aircraft owner, owner to mechanic or builder.

Eating the elephant: Using experience to qualify for your A&P certificate

Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 05 21

A decade of aircraft ownership may put you closer to your A&P certificate than you might think.

Eating the elephant: Becoming an A&P is closer than you think

Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 05 05

If you own and work on your aircraft under the guidance of your local mechanic, you could count that time toward the requirements for becoming an A&P.

Eating the elephant: Become an educated owner

Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 04 23

When you set out on a mission to learn about your airplane, it’s amazing how many people step in to help.

Eating the elephant: Charting a course to aircraft ownership

Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 04 10

For all its regulations and costs, there are options out there to make the dream of aircraft ownership a reality for most pilots.