Questions tagged [aircraft-maintenance]

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What is the difference between iSpec2200 and S1000D specifications?

I know the iSpec2200 and S1000D are the specifications which are used in the aircraft maintenance manual, I have to know how they actually work in the aviation domain and what is the difference ...
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What is the difference between MEL and CDL?

I know the MEL and CDL are the minimum equipment list is provided by the manufacturer, if component missing or damaged means the aircraft must pass the MEL and CDL, I need some suggestions how it was ...
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Are there any safety hazards when testing the F-16's fire control radar on the ground?

What are the procedures for ground testing an aircraft's fire control radar - for the F-16 or any other aircraft - and are there safety hazards associated with exposures to humans? Most importantly, ...
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Materials for temporary dent repair?

On a recent commercial flight (A320neo), I noticed some materials attached to the leading edge of a slat (no photo available). The attached material was not smooth, it rather looked like a small ball ...
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Is it normal for a Boeing 757 engine to bounce under its fairing?

Earlier this week I was on a 757 flight from SFO to JFK and the right engine was bouncing under the fairing under mild turbulence, and really moving 2+ cm under moderate turbulence. Is that in any way ...
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Difference between general, airframe and power plant concentration courses

Trying to enrol for an aircraft maintenance technician course but the options are three that’s general, airframe and powerplant concentration. With the general being an affordable course to pursue, ...
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Where are the fuel tank sumps on an Aquila A210?

When I drain the fuel I have to do it three times: In addition to the drainer openings on both undersides of the wing and under the front fuselage (3 times in total). Can you tell or show me where ...
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Why buy an new plane or an helicopter? [closed]

This really keeps coming to my head. A brand new 172SP costs a quarter million while a older one (10 years older or a little bit older) costs for less than 100.000 Dollars and the only visible ...
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How are AOA sensors tested after working on them?

If a maintenance or replacement has been done for an AOA sensor, would the mechanic be able to test if the sensor now works correctly? Can such a sensor be tested on the ground? If there is no ...
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How and why would one call the cockpit of an A330 inside its nose gear bay?

According to this A330 call panel diagram, there is an option to call the nose gear bay with the MECH button. Where is the connection for this in the nose gear bay, and what would it be used for? The ...
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What do you need to do to bring a 737 Max back in service after 6 months in storage?

What kind of maintenance has to be performed on an aircraft if it has been stored for 6 months? For example, do fluids need to be changed, have the tires become flat, etc.
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What priviliges and limitations does an Aircraft(General) mechanic have versus an A&P?

The FAA provides practical test standards for Airframe, Powerplant, and General mechanic certificates. Mechanics seem to demonstrate a preference for Airframe & Powerplant, so much that "A&P" ...
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What are torque events and are they very common when flying a rotorcraft?

On rotorcraft like the MD500 the POH suggests that torque events be recorded in the aircraft maintenance logbook. What are these events, are they common and how many are typically logged during the ...
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Can one use a calculator for the EASA part 66 exam?

For the first 3 modules you will need to do some calculations, is a calculator allowed?
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What's Permaswage / Harrison tube repair?

In modern aircraft, damage of hydraulic tubes can be repaired by Permaswage/Harrison provided by maintenance manuel. However, What is Permaswage / Harrison? It's a name of company?
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Why would a C150 tachometer be sluggish?

After having an issue with a tachometer bouncing so much that it fell off, I now have the opposite problem with the replacement (Mitchell D1-112-5025): The tachometer is sluggish. When I open the ...
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How to literally take the wing off a single engine Beechcraft-style airplane?

First off I do not want to do any kind of maintenance. I was driving past an auto junk yard and saw they have half of a low wing, maybe a Beechcraft, airplane and I would like to try and buy the wing ...
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How much of a plane is replaced over the lifetime of an aircraft?

A photo of an OC-135 with (presumably) P&W TF33-P-5 engines made me wonder how many of the components had been replaced, and what was left of the original airframe, engines, and other parts. There ...
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How is a composite fuselage repaired when structurally damaged?

In case of FOD, a fuselage puncture for example, what is the repair process? Considering time, complexity and cost, how is compared if it was an aluminium fuselage?
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What is the most critical data to measure for a predictive maintenance model for a drone? [closed]

I'm looking at making a predictive maintenance model for a drone (quadcopter mainly but can include others) I'm wondering what is the most common causes of failure due to "overflying". (not including ...
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Are there any certification requirements for steering bypass or lock pins?

Are there any requirements for aircraft bypass and/or lock pins? Do they have to be somehow certified by local or international aviation authorities?
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Do you have to lubricate the shock strut?

I have a school report about the lubrication on the shock strut and I was wondering if there is a specific type of lubrication they apply it on. This is for Cessna 150-152
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Are Dreamliner windscreens periodically replaced irrespective of damage?

Does Boeing have a statute that commands that the windscreens are changed for new irrespective of no signs of damage or fatigue, and if so, what are the intervals, for safety reasons?
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EASA part 66 licence conversion to the Japanese version?

I am looking at a job proposal in Japan. I need to transfer my EASA Part 66 engineers license to the Japanese version. Can anybody offer any advice on how I would achieve this?
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Why would a cylinder not work below a certain RPM?

We have an IO 540 Lycoming engine, and cylinder #3 doesn't work below 1900 RPM (cold to the touch; EGT and CHT are zero; no vibration). The engine is new, what could be the cause(s)? We cannot ...
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what is the earth resistance to be maintained while aircraft is on ground and during ground checks for military aircrafts

While aircrafts are under servicing on ground, the external dedicated earth wires are connected to the aircraft to avoid static hares effect to human beings. How much resistance value has to be ...
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What is the small cylinder on the firewall to the left of the battery?

What is this and should the yellow wire be soldered to it? Any ideas on preventing the wire from detaching again? I checked the C150 parts manual but didn't see it. Is there somewhere else I should ...
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Can a private pilot placard an inoperative instrument?

For certificated small aircraft that are not required to have a minimum equipment list. If you have an instrument break while on a cross country flight and it is not a legally required instrument for ...
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What does a white diagonal line mean on an Airbus ECAM DU?

When my A321 powers up, the lower ECAM DU shows only a diagonal white line. What does it mean and what would be the fix?
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For how long after the last A380 delivery does Airbus have to provide spare parts for it?

After Airbus's announcement that they plan to discontinue A380 production in 2021 after the last orders are filled, how long will they have to guarantee the availability of A380 spare parts?
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Why would a C150 tachometer bounce so much that the needle fell off?

On a long flight in a C150E, the tachometer started bouncing a little bit and the severity of the bouncing gradually increased until it was extreme: The tachometer was spinning in loops and making a ...
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What is the procedure to replace carpets in airliners?

Are all the seats removed, as well as trim and baseboard, before the carpet is replaced? If so, how is reinstalling the seats laid out; do they feel for the boltholes? Are the seats bolted on top of ...
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In normal condition, is the Airbus A320 APU fuel supplied by the main engine boost pump only?

I have a question relating to APU fuel system. As said in material, there are 2 system supplying fuel for APU to operate. 1st one is primary and 2nd one is secondary. In the 1st system or low ...
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Do rivets on airframe need special sealant to be airtight on pressurized airliners?

Do rivets on airframe need a dedicated sealant, e.g. epoxy, to be really airtight on a pressurized airliner, or is the expansion of the rivet shaft already sufficient? As a side note, how are carbon ...
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What is the acceptable position of the brake wear indication for A320?

What is the acceptable position of the brake wear indication (PIN) for an A320 to be safely dispatchable?
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May an airline replace an airliner's engines without the aircraft manufacturer's involvement?

Around a year ago in our country, there was an advertisement on TV regarding an airliner's program to modernize their airplanes' power plants. This airline has various types of Airbus and Boeing ...
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What happened to the power plants after an aircraft is retired?

Few weeks ago, there was a Boeing 747 belong to an airliner retired in our country. I am not sure what series is that, but seems it is 747-200. What then will happen immediately to the power plants ...
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Do aircraft manufacturers take steps to prevent pests like geckos from damaging the electronics?

Many Australians are suffering huge bills due to geckos getting into the circuit boards of their air conditioning units. Of course this is highly profitable for A/C manufacturers as they supply ...
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Are there required standards for gate power cable maintenance?

I am looking for reference(s) addressing gate power cable maintenance, for both 28V DC and 400Hz. Do the FAA or any manufacturers have standards for measuring the connector pins to determine wear?
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How many hours to remove and install a Cherokee 180 engine and prop

How many hours should it take a shop to remove, install, and adjust the engine in a Cherokee 180 with a fixed pitch prop? This would include the baffles and any hardware needed to be removed and ...
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Why does the military not use Engine Condition Trend Monitoring? [closed]

What are the advantages of ECTM and why is it not used in military aviation even though it will help in many ways?
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What is the official EASA definition of A, B, C and D checks, or where do I find it?

Schedule Maintenance is divided into many different checks. What is the official definition (EASA website, not wikipedia) of A, B, C and D check, or where do I find it?
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What are the potential threats of having the landing gear dirt from mud in a rectractable landing gear airplane?

Recently I have been flying an aircraft with the landing gear very dirt with mud due to the parking area of the airfield on grass and the meteo conditions in recent days. I wonder what are the threats ...
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Where do extra planes come from?

Last night, I had to change planes at LAX because the United Airlines B737 that I was flying on had radio problems and thus could not fly over the ocean. One of the hi-frequency radios had problems, ...
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If the map (reading) light bulb is burned out in my own Cessna 210, what are my options if I want to fly FAR Part 91 under night-time VFR?

If the map (reading) light bulb is burned out in my own Cessna 210, what are my options if I want to fly FAR Part 91 under night-time VFR staying in the traffic pattern doing touch and goes? Can I ...
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what's the difference between priority and sequence valve in aircraft?

What roles do they play during retraction and extension of a landing gear ?
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What certifications must one have to repair/alter propellers and instruments?

According to 14 CFR 65 Subpart D A certificated mechanic may perform or supervise the maintenance, preventive maintenance or alteration of an aircraft or appliance, or a part thereof, for which he ...
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What is the difference between a Mechanic and a Repairman?

In reviewing some of the data published by the FAA, I noticed that they make a distinction between a mechanic certificate and a repairman certificate. What is the difference?
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Can an increased current rating of a Ground Power Unit damage an aircraft? [closed]

Assuming you are working on an Aircraft, where the Ground Power Unit (GPU) is rated at 28V DC with max. 1000 amperes. What is the danger involved if your are to increase the current rating of the GPU ...
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Which aircraft/powerplant manufacturers use metric hardware?

The vast majority of airframes and powerplants use U.S. standard/SAE hardware. Which manufacturers of engines and airframes use metric hardware?

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