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.”
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 | 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 | 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.
Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 05 21
A decade of aircraft ownership may put you closer to your A&P certificate than you might 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.
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.
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.
Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 03 24
Even late-winter presents a number of unique challenges to the aircraft’s systems, and it pays to take the time to do what you can to protect your aircraft (and yourself) while we’re still in winter’s grip.
Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 03 10
Preheating is about far more than just oil temperature. Proper preheating involves heating the entire engine, so that all critical engine parts can be brought into the ‘safe’ temperature range.
Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 02 27
The engine heater and a small cabin heater have been keeping the aircraft warm and ready to go for almost two weeks. Heresy, you say? Leaving a preheater on for this long will corrode the engine, you say? Not necessarily.
Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 01 22
Aircraft do not heal themselves. That sounds obvious, perhaps, but if you sincerely want to protect yourself, your family and your aircraft, read that sentence again and take it to heart.
Aircraft Maintenance | 2014, 01 08
Learn how to save money by doing your own spark plug maintenance. A&P Jeff Simon explains how to clean, gap, and reinstall spark plugs on your aircraft.
Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 12 17
Roll up your sleeves and get into the how-to of maintaining your aircraft's spark plugs yourself.
Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 12 04
A bad spark plug can do a lot of damage. Giving them a look more than once a year can pay dividends.
Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 11 21
The concept of implementing STCs on previously modified aircraft is known as "layering STCs," and doing it properly is paramount to safety.
Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 11 04
Looking for more power? Start by maximizing what you already have, then check into supplemental type certificates.
Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 10 23
If you own an aircraft produced in reasonably large numbers, you can be assured that there are companies marketing modifications to improve performance. However, it pays to be a bit skeptical when evaluating any specific speed gains promised.
Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 10 07
If your plane is not properly rigged, the aircraft is fighting against itself in flight.
Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 09 24
Chances are that your aircraft's performance is somewhat less than the "book" numbers in your operations manual, but there is a lot that you can do to get reasonably close. A fresh wash and wax could give you an extra 3 knots in cruise.
Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 09 12
Indulge your wild side and find out what you can do to your aircraft to improve true airspeed in the quest to win you bragging rights as the fastest (insert your aircraft here) out there.
Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 07 16
Many owners of fixed-pitch propellers are unaware that a TBO even exists for their props. But it does, and for good reason.
Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 07 08
Preventive maintenance begins with regular, careful inspections of the propeller. Even small areas of damage such as nicks and rock dings can represent stress points that can lead to cracks or corrosion.
Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 06 26
Here’s a quiz: What travels at speeds in excess of 500 miles per hour, endures 10 tons to 20 tons of force trying to rip it apart and gets so little respect that the average pilot equates it to a tow-bar? It’s your old pal the propeller.
Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 05 23
Before you jump back into the air after a long winter and cold spring, it's wise to take some time to prepare your airplane for the busy flying season.
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