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PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE



Who can perform Preventive Maintenance to an aircraft?


FAR Part 43.7 states that any pilot that holds at least a Private Pilot certificate may perform preventive maintenance.


Preventive maintenance is any maintenance that is not to complex, such as:

  • Servicing landing shock struts with oil, air or both.

  • Removal/Installation of landing tires and skies, if no weight-and-balance calculations are needed.

  • Oil & oil filter changes

  • Replace small hardware (cotter keys, safety wire, and lightbulbs/lenses)

  • Replenishing fluids (oil, hydraulic)

  • Replace safety belts, seats or small seat parts with aircraft approved parts.

  • Replacing or cleaning spark plugs and setting spark plug gaps, along with hose and fuel lines (except hydraulic lines).

For a more complete list of preventive maintenance items a pilot can perform:

All pilots that perform preventive maintenance are required to make an entry in the aircraft maintenance logbook. The required entry must include the following information:

  • Description of work i.e., "Oil and oil filter change at 1,234 hours with (Shell Aero- Oil)."

  • Date of when the work was performed.

  • Pilots name, signature, pilot certificate number, and type of certificate.

Modifications& Alterations:

These are classified as either major or minor are listed under Part 43, Appendix A.


If any major modifications made to an aircraft by an FAA, certified Airframe and Power Plant (A&P) mechanic holding an Inspection Authorized (IA) certificate must be submitted using the FAA Form 337.


A few major alterations include:

  • Powerplant repairs or changes, such as engine conversions, mounts.

  • Changes to the propeller and associate parts.

  • Changes in basic design of the fuel, oil, electrical, hydraulic systems, etc.

  • Airframe and wing repairs


Remember:

Any pilot that holds at least a Private Pilot certificate may perform preventive maintenance.

Must make an entry in the aircraft maintenance logbook of the work performed.


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