Maintenance Matters

November 2012 Issue

Retrofit Checklists: Test-Flying, Familiarity

Retrieving an aircraft from the shop after major avionics work requires a meticulous preflight, flight- testing and a solid understanding of the interface.

The fragile relationship between avionics shops and aircraft owners is sometimes stressed at the end of a project. That’s partly because some owners have unrealistic expectations, assuming the aircraft will be released right after a flight test.

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