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Questions tagged [aircraft-maintenance]

Use this tag for questions pertaining to the maintenance of aircraft, including owner-performed maintenance and required inspections (annual, 100-hour, etc.)

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Is there an FAA ruling about the airworthiness of piston engines with less than 60 on the compression test?

We've been having some discussions around if there was a specific ruling from the FAA that explicitly said that if a cylinder was showing less than 60 on the compression test, the FAA deemed it ...
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Can resistive fuel senders/transducers be repaired/reconditioned?

I need to replace two fuel senders in each wing of a Socata TB20, and a replacement is almost $500. I wanted to know whether a shop exists in the US that reconditions these? After some research, I'm ...
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Why are dirt and bugs on an aircraft so bad?

It's noted in many POHs to keep your aircraft clean all the time, but is there a reason to this? Dirt hardly add any sort of weight to the aircraft, bugs are extremely small and other things such as ...
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How often should an engine be run, to stay mechanically sound?

It's winter time and many light aircraft are sitting idle. This can be detrimental to an engine's health. What is a good rule of thumb for how often a piston engine should be exercised, and for how ...
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What should I look for / check during an oil change?

Piston aircraft engines require regular oil changes, and at least in the US it's something the FARs allow an owner with a private pilot certificate to do. What are some of the things I should look ...
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What is an Airworthiness Directive?

Aircraft which have been in service for a long time often have a lot of entries in their logbooks for Airworthiness Directives (ADs). What are they, and why are they important?
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What are the typical facets of ownership costs, for a single engine aircraft?

It's easy to go online and look at prices of a Cessna 172, but what are some examples of how to break down the real world costs of ownership? How much other maintenance should you plan for? How much ...
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Are task cards still used in aircraft maintenance?

I used to work for a company making maintenance software for the shipping industry. Each component, from a cylinder in an engine to the furnace has to be inspected after (e.g.) 10,000 running hours, ...
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Who decides an aircraft's maintenance schedule?

I've found a 737 maintenance planning data document produced by Boeing, which gives a suggested schedule on page 6. I've also found a British Airways Fact Book document, which on the last page gives ...