Monthly Archives: October 2016

Guide to Aircraft Maintenance Lingo

When approaching a maintenance project for your owner-flown aircraft it is essential that you are up-to-date with the lingo used to describe the replacements and repairs. While these aircraft maintenance terms accomplish similar goals, they each have a distinct meaning and fit different needs. When an aircraft component becomes inoperative there are four options; it can be replaced with a new component, a rebuilt one, an overhauled one, or the bad component can be repaired. It is vital to know precisely what each option means and how to choose which is best for your situation.

Fuel Contamination

It is essential that that fuel that is put in your aircraft is not contaminated in any way. A contaminated aircraft poses a lot of hazards which include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Corrosion in the fuel system
  2. Clogging in the fuel filtration components
  3. Failure in the instrumentation of aircraft fuel systems
  4. Stoppage in the supply of fuel to the engines
These hazards would yield to more dangerous events this is why it is important that the fuel you put into your aircraft is free from contamination.

Common Fuel Contaminants

The most common contaminants mixed with fuel are the following:
  1. Water

Engine Cooling and Exhaust Systems

It has always been a wonder how we have attained flight through the help of the aircraft. But in an effort to keep us soaring through the sky, aircraft produce so much heat - especially in its engine. The powerful engine that makes flight possible needs to be cooled in order to prevent it from burning.

Liquid Cooling and Air Cooling 

There are two ways to keep aircraft engines from overheating: liquid cooling and air cooling. In the process of liquid cooling, fluids run through the aircraft’s engine and regulates the temperature at comfortable levels. Aside from water, some coolants like ethylene glycol...