Maintenance Matters

August 2016 Issue

Aircraft Corrosion Prevention: Cheap Insurance

Corrosion presents a serious risk to legacy aircraft. Inspection cannot detect all corrosion. CorrosionX and ACF-50 effectively stop and prevent corrosion.

While researching information on aircraft corrosion and corrosion prevention, I ran across my nomination for understatement of the week in an FAA publication. It said, “. . . the amount of maintenance required to repair accumulated corrosion damage and bring the aircraft back up to standard will usually be quite high.” No kidding. The reality is staggering—some years ago I was shown the bills paid by an owner for corrosion repair. He had bought a Louisiana-based twin without a prebuy examination. Over the next two years he expended more than he’d paid for the airplane to repair damage to the structure and skins from corrosion.

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