April 1999 Issue
With new airframes trickling off the assembly lines, have the manufacturers done much to make maintenance easier?
Six years ago, in an article titled “Designed for Maintenance?,” we looked at the typical “modern” GA airframe strictly through the mechanic’s eye. Our idea was to highlight ways to spark a new age in light airplane development by focusing on things that would make an airframe easier to maintain and thus cheaper to own.
We found that inadequate design features added a lot to the cost of owning an airplane and we imagined that ease of maintenance would do as much to bring down the cost of flying as would new fuels and engines and slick new airplane designs, which, frankly, are only now beginning to come off the drawing boards and onto the ramp.
It’s time for another look. GA is indee...
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