So you’ve finally bought that private plane for recreational use—where do you go from there? Aside from obviously flying it, it is extremely important to regularly maintain and service your aircraft, not only to preserve the life of the plane, but for you and every passenger’s safety. There are plenty of important aspects involved in servicing a plane, so read on to find out some important information.
Important Areas of the Plane to Regularly Maintain
- Tyres- regularly check and replace the plane’s tyres as needed, go to dunlop.
- Refueling- this is an obvious aspect to consistently check on your private craft.
- Regular engine checks such as compression cylinders.
- Propellers – Go to a professional Propeller overhaul company.
Aside from general checkups that you can do as the owner of your plane, there are specific, regulated checkups that are mandatory—here are the four different kinds.
A Check- this check is the most frequent check of all four, and is performed around every 500-800 flight hours logged. This thorough check requires between 20 and 50 hours of work, and is usually done in an airport hangar. This is the lightest check of all of them, and when involved with airlines, it is generally at the discretion of the airline.
B Check- this check is performed less often than A Check. B Check is performed around every 4 to 6 months, and is more extensive than A Check. This check requires around 150 hours of work in an airport hangar.
C Check- C Check is far more extensive than the previous two checks, and is done approximately every year and a half to two years. If not a set time, it is a set flight hour log that prompts the C Check. The entirety of the aircraft is checked, which is different than the previous two checks. Up to 6000 hours of work may be required for this check, and the craft cannot leave until the check is complete.
D Check- this is by far the heaviest and most extensive check of aircraft, and takes place approximately every 5 years, often requiring up to 50,000 man hours of work. It completely takes apart the plane and services it far more extensively than the previous three checks. On average, a plane goes through 2 or 3 D Checks before the aircraft is retired.
As you can see, there is a lot to know when it comes to personal maintenance and regulated maintenance to your craft. No matter the size or use of your craft, regular maintenance is essential.