February 2002 Issue

A Handle on Repairs

Owner-driven maintenance can mean swinging a wrench, but thorough inspections and involvement with the shop are often enough

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For most owners, airplane maintenance is a pit of quicksand. If you plunge in, itís easy to get in over your head. But if you stay out, mechanical problems can accumulate until dispatch reliability and safety are severely compromised.

The question each owner has to ask is how involved in maintenance they want to be. The question has many answers, and the road to answering it depends upon first determining your objectives. Is the goal to save money? Improve reliability? Log hours toward the A&P requirement?

Next, you have to ask yo...

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