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Aircraft maintenance: Gyro repair leads to failed vacuum system

Aircraft Maintenance | Feb 08, 2016

Any time preventive or repair maintenance is performed on an aircraft, there's a risk of introducing a maintenance-induced failure. In this case study, A&P Jeff Simon explains how unnecessary work on an artificial horizon led to a vacuum system failure.

New certification standards for mechanics in the works

Advocacy | Feb 04, 2016

A group chaired by AOPA has been tasked with developing new certification standards, handbooks, and test development guidance for aircraft mechanics.

Textron streamlines turbine service

Article | Jan 27, 2016

Textron Aviation has created a call center for owners of Beechcraft, Citation, and Hawker brand jets and turboprops who need unscheduled maintenance.

Aircraft Maintenance: 'First, do no harm'

Aircraft Maintenance | Jan 20, 2016

Pilot and A&P Jeff Simon explains the importance of looking at inspection and preventive maintenance situations with a critical eye.

Aircraft Maintenance: Addressing control system issues

Aircraft Maintenance | Jan 04, 2016

Rigging and control system issues are often discovered during a test flight. Here are some tips to repair or adjust the rigging and control system to get the aircraft back in line with the manufacturer's design.

Aircraft Maintenance: Evaluating control issues

Aircraft Maintenance | Dec 18, 2015

Learn how to spot rigging and other control system issues while you fly.

AOPA, FAA host GA Engine Summit

Advocacy | Dec 17, 2015

AOPA and the FAA recently hosted a two-day GA Engine Summit to discuss ways for the industry and government to work more effectively together.

FAA issues SAIBs for Cessna, Piper wing spars

Advocacy | Dec 17, 2015

The owners of a number of Cessna and Piper models are being advised about possible wing spar problems under two recent special airworthiness information bulletins.

Aircraft Maintenance: Evaluating aircraft handling

Aircraft Maintenance | Dec 09, 2015

You may think of evaluating the handling qualities of an aircraft as entirely subjective, but there is more science behind it that you might imagine.

Tax-law changes spur Missouri’s aviation economy

Advocacy | Dec 08, 2015

Missouri’s aviation sector is seeing a surge in activity driven by two tax-law changes.

Pilot Getaways: Killington, Vermont

Article | Dec 07, 2015

Surrounded by one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, Killington, Vermont, is a destination for all ages.

Fly like a fighter: Maintenance flight checks

Fly like a fighter | Dec 04, 2015

Retired U.S. Air Force pilot Larry Brown explains how general aviation pilots can borrow some practices from the Air Force's maintenance program to enhance safety.

New batteries boost Bonanza power

Article | Nov 25, 2015

The benefits of lithium-ion batteries moved one step closer to use in light general aviation aircraft when Transport Canada Civil Aviation approved the installation of the True Blue Power battery for use in the Beechcraft A36 Bonanza.

Aircraft Maintenance: A turn too far

Aircraft Maintenance | Nov 09, 2015

At some point in time, anyone involved in aircraft maintenance is bound to encounter a broken screw or bolt. A&P Jeff Simon explains what it takes to remedy the situation.

Pilot Getaways: Earn a floatplane rating vintage style

Article | Nov 09, 2015

If you’ve never flown a Piper J-3 Cub (or if it’s just been a while), you can try your hand at the stick while earning your seaplane rating at Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base in quiet central Florida.

P&E: Savvy Maintenance

Pilot Magazine | Nov 09, 2015

When repairs are covered by insurance, it’s the owner’s job to keep things under control

P&E: On Instruments

Pilot Magazine | Nov 09, 2015

It’s worth reviewing RNAV (GPS) approaches with an eye to their specifics—as well as their gotchas.

P&E: Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Nov 09, 2015

Maybe a checklist should be a ‘think list’

Aircraft Maintenance: Bleeding brakes

Aircraft Maintenance | Oct 21, 2015

Any time that you replace a component or fix a leak in the system, you must completely purge the system of air by “bleeding the brakes.”

P&E: Dogfight

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2015

Learning to fly at a local FBO versus a high-capacity academy.