Aircraft Maintenance

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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.

From touchdown to tiedown: Aircraft tires

Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 03 19

They sit immobile, baking in the hot sun or hardening in the freezing cold for weeks at a time until they’re called upon to go from 0 mph to 60 mph faster than any earth-bound speedster. And, although it is one of the most stressed components of the average general aviation aircraft, it is often the most undervalued.

Time for a change: DIY oil changes

Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 03 01

DIY oil changes are a great way to learn about the health of your engine, while saving some money in the process. Think of it as a free hour of flying every 50 hours, courtesy of your own sweat equity.

All about oils

Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 02 19

Trying to pick the right oil for your aircraft's engine? Consider your operating environment, outside temperature, engine/cylinder type, and how frequently the aircraft is flown.

Oil changes: Roll up those sleeves and save some money

Aircraft Maintenance | 2013, 02 07

One of the best ways to improve the safety of an aircraft is also a great way to save money: owner-performed preventive maintenance. Oil changes are a good place to start.