In our daily contact with thousands of aircraft owners and pilots, one major theme prevails. AOPA members are deeply concerned about the high costs associated with owning and operating general aviation aircraft. As pilots, most of us are not mechanics by training or occupation, yet many of us derive satisfaction from tinkering with mechanical things, especially aircraft. By performing routine maintenance on our own aircraft we not only gain personal satisfaction but also become better educated about the equipment we fly, making us better and safer pilots. The opportunity also exists to save a substantial percentage of the annual maintenance costs associated with aircraft ownership.
If you have any additional questions or comments after reading this subject report, please feel free to call the AOPA’s Pilots Information Center at: 1-800-USA-AOPA (872-2672) Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 6:00 ET.
There are a number of regulations pertaining to preventive maintenance. The list below is provided to help members quickly locate a particular regulation.
FAR Part 43, Appendix A, Paragraph C—Preventive Maintenance
Preventive maintenance is limited to the following work, provided it does not involve complex assembly operations:
The Owner Mechanic
AOPA Flight Training, April 2011
Pilot Counsel: Maintenance sign-offs and the owner/pilot
AOPA Pilot, September 2006
Welcome to Maintenance Control
Get to know your aircraft mechanics
AOPA Flight Training, September 2003
Fix it yourself: Try some simple maintenance chores
AOPA Pilot, March 2003
Out of the Pattern: Aircraft Care and Feeding 101
Adding to the owner experience
AOPA Pilot, August 2002
Airframe and Powerplant: Preventive Maintenance Primer
All it takes is a little gumption and a willingness to learn
AOPA Pilot, October 2001
Smooth Moves: Oils, Greases, and Lubes
An ounce of lubrication is worth a pound of maintenance
AOPA Pilot, October 2000
First-Time Owner: Do-It-Yourself
Do it yourself? Thirty-two ways to save on maintenance
AOPA Pilot, December 1999
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