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pilot in command - me - failed to lower the landing
Replacing burned-out light bulbs, shooting grease
gear after interrupting my final-approach checks when a
through those familiar zerks found on all forms of
Taylorcraft cut me off on final to Runway 17 at Stearman
machinery to keep things lubricated, replacing a tire or
Field outside Wichita (then called Benton Airpark).
fixing a flat with a new inner tube ... there are merits for
The interruption happened as I prepared to lower the
owners who do as much maintenance as possible.
gear, and I simply continued the final check without
When you're flying a $25,000 airplane, that $35 per
putting down the wheels when the intruder pulled out of
hour (and up) to use the local maintenance shop could be
the pattern.
more happily spent on seven gallons of avgas. And $35
Even before deciding to assist on the repair work
per hour isn't a common find these days ... hourly costs
under the watchful eyes of my maintenance technician,
often run higher.
the savvy Earl Long at Westport
Hopefully, the smart owner
Airport in southwest Wichita,
recognizes their own skills and
Kansas, and my primary flight
knowledge limitations - before
instructor, made sure to familiarize
wading into even simple work and,
THE JOB'S NOT LEGAL
me with federal aviation regulations
often, want to solicit information
AND DONE UNTIL
and what they say about ownerfrom the local A&P - the guy not
THE PAPERWORK
performed maintenance.
making anything but goodwill from
IS FINISHED, JUST
Part 43 addresses maintenance,
sharing knowledge while not getting
AS IF A LICENSED
preventive maintenance, rebuilding,
the work.
A&P PERFORMED
and alteration. And I'd performed
Fortunately, the Federal Aviation
THE
WORK.
IF
ANY
some of my own maintenance on
Administration offers a road map
OF THE PREVENTIVE
the Comanche and the 1969 Piper
to guide the owner interested in
MAINTENANCE
Cherokee 140D previously owned.
performing maintenance on the
AUTHORIZED BY PART
Part 43 permits the holder of a
family plane. And the owner's
43
IS
DONE,
THE
PERSON
pilot certificate issued under Part
favorite airframe and powerplant
DOING THE WORK MUST
61 to perform specified preventive
mechanic or avionics technician can
maintenance on any aircraft owned
both build some goodwill with the
MAKE AN ENTRY IN THE
or operated by that pilot as long as
owner and cement the likelihood of
APPROPRIATE LOGBOOK
the aircraft is not used under Part
landing that do-it-yourself owner/
OR RECORD SYSTEM TO
121, 127, 129, or 135.
pilot as a permanent customer for
DOCUMENT THE
Part 43, appendix A, subpart C,
the tougher stuff.
WORK DONE.
preventive maintenance, lists the
To start, those would-be owner/
authorized preventive maintenance
maintainers should point their
work. One restriction on such work
web browsers toward Part 43:
is that it cannot involve complex assembly operations.
Maintenance, preventive maintenance, rebuilding, and
Part 43.3(g) says: " Except for holders of a sport pilot
alteration. There they can find guidance to ownercertificate, the holder of a pilot certificate issued under
performed maintenance, as well as an introduction into
Part 61 may perform preventive maintenance on any
the world of aircraft mechanics.
aircraft owned or operated by that pilot which is not
used under Part 121, 129, or 135 of this chapter. The
For the owner/pilot
holder of a sport pilot certificate may perform preventive
The friendly aviation administration folks handily
maintenance on an aircraft owned or operated by that
provided that avenue many owner/pilots chose to travel,
pilot and issued a special airworthiness certificate in the
some for cost or convenience, some for their own
light-sport category. "
aviation education.
Although the examples given here for preventive
Speaking from personal experience, few endeavors
maintenance authorized by Part 43 can be done by
taught me more about aircraft ownership - and the
a certificated pilot under the conditions listed, each
aircraft owned at the time - than my participation in
the repair and rehabilitation of a 1961 Piper PA-24Continued on following page
180 Comanche. The work became a necessity when the
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