Aircraft Maintenance

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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.

Aircraft maintenance: Cold weather checkup

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: Proper engine preheating

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: 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.