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Aircraft maintenance: Myths, realities of engine preheating

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: Listen to your airplane

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.

Maintenance: Spark plug gapping and replacement

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.

Roll up your sleeves for spark plug inspections

Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 12 17

Roll up your sleeves and get into the how-to of maintaining your aircraft's spark plugs yourself.

Stay ahead of your spark plugs

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.

Layering STCs: Understanding and managing the risks

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.

Improve aircraft performance with more power, part 5

Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 11 04

Looking for more power? Start by maximizing what you already have, then check into supplemental type certificates.

Improve aircraft performance with efficiency mods, part 4

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.

Rig it right: Improving aircraft performance, part 3

Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 10 07

If your plane is not properly rigged, the aircraft is fighting against itself in flight.

Maintenance: Improving aircraft performance, part 2

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.