Aircraft Maintenance

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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.

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.