Aircraft Maintenance

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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.

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.