Aircraft Maintenance

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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.

Maintenance: Improving aircraft performance, part 1

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.

Propeller care: Overhauls

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.

Propeller care: Preventive maintenance

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: Propeller care

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 tips: Spring cleaning

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.

Time to change those tires

Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 04 19

Most aircraft maintenance tasks are the domain of licensed A&P mechanics. However, with the proper training and tools, changing a tire is something any aircraft owner or operator can do.

What’s so special about aircraft tires?

Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 04 15

Did you know that aircraft tires are hand-made? Every tire is carefully constructed and inspected to ensure it meets the stringent requirements the FAA's Technical Standard Order (TSO) TSO-C62 (current). Regardless of which brand you choose, there is no bad aircraft tire.