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A Guide to Aircraft Maintenance

Regular aircraft maintenance and inspections are very important to keep an aircraft is good flying condition. There are many different ways by which aircrafts can be maintained so that all its parts are fully operational, and that is the reason why these complicated vehicles need professionals to service them thoroughly.

Here are the types of maintenance that need to be performed for any aircraft.

The airframe is the basic mechanical structure of the aircraft including the fuselage, its wings, and undercarriage. When we speak of airframe maintenance the main focus are these areas are not the engine or propulsions system. Inspection and replacement of winglets, prevention and control of corrosion, painting, and landing gear replacement are the basic maintenance works performed on an aircraft’s airframe. This kind of maintenance involves ‘letter checks’ which are inspections made in detail after a specific number of miles in the air. A and B are cosmetic checks, C is an intensive check of all the components and the D check is where the aircraft is taken apart and reassembled; these are the components of the letter check. The frequently done checks are the cosmetic A and B checks while the C intensive check and the D dismantling and reassembling, involves a lot of time and are only done every few years.

Engine and APU (Auxiliary power unit) maintenance are also extremely important in aircraft maintenance. A mechanic that specializes in the aircraft’s specific engine type is tasked to do this type of maintenance. The work involved in the engine includes comprehensive engine testing, removal and reinstallation, and troubleshooting. In a similar fashion the plane’s APU need to be checked and maintained regularly. APU is the one that provides the aircraft’s power for functions not related to propulsion. A mechanic well versed in fixing the specific make and model of the APU is needed to do this maintenance work.

The checking and repairing of other essential parts of the aircraft should be done regularly too. Component removal and cleaning, anti-corrosion compound application, parts lubrication, and damaged parts replacements are the activities involved in a complete aircraft components’ check. The mechanic runs a test on all pneumatic and hydraulic systems to check if they are running smoothly.

Avionics is aircraft electronics which is crucial to an aircraft’s performance. Testing of avionics focuses on all the navigation and communication equipment, including GPS, radar, radio communications, and computer systems. Rewiring and replacing of components will be done by a technician if necessary. The mechanic that is needed in this type of job is someone who has a strong technical knowledge of electrical engineering. We see here that aircraft maintenance is a process which is extensive and multifaceted. Aircraft owners should understand the stages of maintenance so that you can stay aware of the condition of the aircraft and its performance capability.

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