The Abcd Of Aircraft Maintenance

All commercial and private aircraft need to undergo proper maintenance and periodic inspections to ensure their airworthiness.

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A daily check is the lowest scheduled inspection, and it includes post-flight, basic pre-flight maintenance, and service and overnight checks. A cursory examination of the aircraft, along with the checking of fluid levels, general condition and security of the airplane, and installed emergency equipment, is conducted to ensure the airplane is in working order.

For heavier checks, more detailed inspections are categorized into the following maintenance plans:

‘A’ check: An ‘A’ check is performed every 400-600 hours of flight. It is typically done in designated maintenance hangars in the route structure. A minimum of 10 hours is required, and limited special tooling, servicing, and test equipment are required for the maintenance procedures.

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‘B’ check: Conducted every six to eight months, a ‘B’ check is completed within one to three days. While a detailed examination of components and systems is conducted, there is no need for detailed disassembly or removal of aircraft parts.

‘C’ check: Much more extensive than a ‘B’ check, a large majority of the components are thoroughly and individually probed for serviceability and function. It is performed every 20-24 months, and the general time of completion is around one to two weeks.

‘D’ check: The most comprehensive among the four checks, it is also known as a heavy maintenance visit. A ‘D’ check is accomplished every six years. A complete inspection and overhaul of every component and system is undertaken in approximately two months.

North Star Aviation in Mankato, MN offers full fixed-base operator services, which include maintenance and repair. Visit its official website for more information about its services.

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Why More People Pursue Recreational Flying

When someone speaks of his childhood dream to become a pilot, he paints a peachy picture of that dream’s horizon. This horizon has the grand allure of prestige, of the crispness of a pilot’s uniform, of the power that comes with maneuvering a Boeing 747 or even a fighter jet like the one Tom Cruise flew in Top Gun.

Committing to such a dream, one might learn too late, is a tall order. In this sense, flying an aircraft and obtaining the license to do so is no ordinary undertaking.

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However, in a different and more realistic sense, flying a plane need not be too big a dream. There are gradual steps to realize it. While it is quite acceptable to say that learning how to fly is expensive, recreational flying offers the best learning experience with the most value for time and money.

Recreational flying allows for fewer but more manageable privileges. This is perfect for simple pleasures like seeing one’s own neighborhood from a bird’s eye view. Touring the city on the ground takes up most of the whole day, but from the air a scenic tour can allow you to see the city from end to end in a matter of minutes.

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Aiming for a recreational flying certificate is a fair start, one that entitles the aspiring pilot to flex his flying muscles for the first time. It affords the pilot to master simple flying and navigation techniques, and in fact, even safely take-off and land a plane, all in one afternoon. More complex flying certificates can easily be pursued later on.

North Star Aviation in Mankato, MN offers introductory flight lessons. Visit its website for more information about the company.