October 2015 Issue

DIY Maintenance?

Owner-pilots who perform preventive maintenance on their aircraft will learn more about its systems, and just might save some money.

Itís no secret aircraft owners routinely complain about the high cost of maintaining their flying machines (even though hourly labor and parts prices at their local auto dealerís service department can easily be more expensive). The good news is owners can perform many routine tasks themselves. The bad news is the typical owner-pilot has no business whatsoever tinkering with his airplane. And even a basic task can require tools, supplies and reference materials the typical owner doesnít have. Acquiring them costs money, which might be better spent with your local maintenance shop.

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