Learning Experiences

October 2010 Issue

Post-Maintenance Tests

It certainly won’t come as a surprise to an owner to see someone write that aircraft maintenance is fraught with surprises. One of mine came on the first flight after an extensive inspect-and-repair-as-necessary effort involving my mid-1960s Bonanza. Since the interior was out of the plane for other work, my IA and I decided to install new gear-motor brushes, which are expensive little beggars, even for a Beechcraft. Soon, we had everything back, buttoned up and were ready for a test flight. As he is fearless, and I wanted the company, my IA came along for the ride from my towered home airport.

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