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What happens during aircraft maintenance?

Proper aircraft maintenance is not just about extending its life and preventing expensive major repairs, but also ensuring the safety of pilots and passengers.     As an aircraft owner and holder of a pilot certificate issued under FAR 61, you can perform basic preventive maintenance tasks like adding oil and air to the shock struts of the service landing gear, installing landing gear tires, and lubricating items that don't require disassembly.    But for a more complicated inspection and repair, you need to hire a certified technician or work with a company that repairs and manufactures FAA-approved aircraft exhaust parts like ...

How to Weld An Exhaust System: A Step-by-Step Guide‍

If you’re wondering how to weld an exhaust system, then you’re in the right place. It’s an understandable question because it can be a pretty intimidating process for the average car enthusiast. However, there are some great resources available to help you figure this out. That being said, we’re here to answer any questions you might have about how to weld an exhaust system. So, without further ado, let’s get started. Welding Rod The first thing you’ll need to weld an exhaust system is a welding rod. A welding rod is a wire that’...

Identifying Good from Bad Welding: The Importance of Quality Work‍

Too often, the term “welding” is used in the same sentence as “bad welds.” But is that fair? In this blog post, we’ll cover some of the main reasons why welds can sometimes look bad and how you can identify good from bad welding. Welding is a semi-automated process that joins metals to make them as one. Depending on the welding process, welds can look differently. Some welds are good, and some are bad. Why is quality so important? When you’re making a weld, you need to join two or more metals together. Doing this requires extreme heat, ...

Common Aircraft Exhaust Problems and How to Fix Them

Unlike car exhaust systems, whose only purpose is to reduce noise and take gases away from the engine, aircraft exhaust has more complicated functions such as supplying cabin and carburetor heat.  Because the aircraft exhaust systems (stacks and muffler) are exposed to extreme conditions and temperatures, they require regular exhaust maintenance. The goal is to detect minute cracks and leaks, which can cause further damage and even risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to the occupants if left unchecked.  A word of caution: Owners can perform some of the basic “visual inspections” but should not in any way conduct their own ...

How Important is Your First Airplane?

After passing your first 100 hours of flying within a year, you might want to ask this question to yourself: Am I ready for my first plane?  Aside from passing 100 hours of flying, another rule of thumb when buying your first plane is that you must be prepared for the responsibilities that come with it, such as regular training and certifications, inspection and maintenance of the aircraft, and above all, financial obligations that include repairs, fuel cost, insurance, storage fees, to name a few.    Private Pilot Planes and Trainers  George C. Larson, former editor of Air & Space and licensed ...

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