Maintenance Matters

April 2016 Issue

DIY Maintenance: Tools, Manuals, Smarts

Doing preventive maintenance chores yourself can save money and build confidence, but consider working with a shop or mechanic as a backstop.

For some, the fun part of owning an aircraft is the time spent alone with it in the hangar. That eventually leads to wrenching it. Before you get too deep in the cowling, you should evaluate your technical skills, understand the regulations and inventory the proper tooling. In this article, Iíll outline the regulations and some of the maintenance items the FAA allows you to perform on your certified aircraft (for more freedom, consider an experimental, plus an A&P rating).

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