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How to reduce maintenance costs and downtime?

Article | Aug 14, 2013

Maintenance is a key cost associated with flying club operations that can be controlled through effective management. A maintenance officer is normally assigned to manage the club aircraft to track inspections, maintenance issues, and scheduling. In the club environment especially with older aircraft, maintenance squawks can add up quickly, potentially keeping an aircraft grounded.

Cylinder-removal AD would increase costs, decrease safety

Article | Aug 12, 2013

A proposed airworthiness directive would order inspection and removal of aftermarket cylinders used on Teledyne-Continental engines in many popular general aviation aircraft.

Tap your inner mechanic with five aviation maintenance apps

Article | Jun 21, 2013

The digital revolution in aviation makes its way into the maintenance arena with these five apps.

Aircraft maintenance tips: Spring cleaning

Aircraft Maintenance | May 23, 2013

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.

FAA fast-tracks Twin Commander AD

Article | May 15, 2013

The FAA, citing a risk of structural failure, has adopted an airworthiness directive requiring inspection of certain Twin Commander Aircraft LLC models.

March IA renewals will require documentation of activity

Advocacy | Mar 04, 2013

Aviation mechanics with inspection authorization must renew their certificates by March 31, and AOPA is reminding members who must renew that under a new FAA policy certificate holders must show that they have been "actively engaged" in the work.

New AD addresses fuel return line chafing in Cessna 172s

Article | Feb 12, 2013

The FAA, acting on reports of chafed fuel-return lines in some Cessna 172R and 172S single-engine airplanes, has adopted an AD requiring installation of some support hardware, inspection, and replacement of any damaged fuel-return line assemblies.

FAA finalizes Piper cable inspection AD

Article | Feb 06, 2013

An estimated 34,000 Piper aircraft in the U.S. registry are now subject to a new inspection requirement, though complying with the airworthiness directive on stabilator cable inspections can be done during the annual.

Hearing set on Waldo Lake access rules

Advocacy | Jan 24, 2013

Pilots and aviation groups have worked hard to reverse a seaplane ban at Oregon's Waldo Lake, and are now rallying to ensure the Oregon Aviation Board makes permanent the existing temporary rules that allow aviation access. A hearing is set for Jan. 31.