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Maintenance and Inspections

Resources for maintaining your aircraft

Aircraft owners are responsible for keeping their aircraft airworthy. Find ways to save some money by doing the routine preventive maintenance on your own aircraft. Access general aviation maintenance alerts here, or browse through a variety of AOPA articles on maintenance-related topics.


Pilot's Guide to Preventive Maintenance
By performing routine maintenance on their own aircraft pilots not only become better educated about the equipment they fly, but might also save a substantial percentage of their annual maintenance costs.

FAA’s Airworthiness Directives database

FAA's database of Advisory Circulars (ACs)

FAA's Supplemental Type Certificate Database
Shop for a modification or conversion upgrade for your aircraft.

FAA's Special Airworthiness Information Bulletins (SAIBs)
SAIBs are an information tool designed to alert, educate, and make recommendations to the aviation community about ways to improve the safety of a product. A SAIB contains non-regulatory information and guidance and, therefore, is not mandatory.

Best Practices Guide for Maintaining Aging General Aviation Airplanes
This document provides owners of aging single-engine airplanes guidance about maintaining the airworthiness of their airplanes. The general aviation (GA) fleet is aging. In 2000, the average age of the nation's 150,000 single-engine fleet was more than 30 years. By 2020, the average age could approach 50 years. This guide for maintaining older airplanes consists of "best practices" that go beyond normal inspection requirements.

Aircraft Corrosion
An aircraft, like any metal object, is inherently prone to corrosion. There is a lot of time spent painting an aircraft to help delay corrosion, but inevitably, nature will prevail. Usually the development of corrosion will depend on how old the aircraft is, what type of environment it is based in, whether or not it is hangared, and how often it is cleaned. This subject report discusses the different types of corrosion, and how to recognize them.

Guide to Aircraft Inspections
In order to provide a reasonable assurance that aircraft are functioning properly, the FAA requires a series of aircraft inspections; somewhat similar to the many currency requirements for airman. This report outlines the basic inspection requirements for aircraft.

Finding an Aviation Mechanic
Having trouble finding a good AMT? Read these tips to help you in your search.