A "Manifesto" For Aircraft Maintenance

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Mike Busch, master aircraft mechanic and CEO of Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, introduced his first book during a forum at EAA AirVenture on Wednesday. "Manifesto: A Revolutionary Approach to General Aviation Maintenance" sets forth Busch's minimalist, reliability-centered, cost-efficient philosophy of aircraft maintenance and ownership honed over 40 years of experience as an aircraft owner, maintenance consultant and owner advocate. "Maintenance of owner-flown GA aircraft is still done largely the same as it was done in the 1950s and 1960s," writes Busch in the book's prologue. "My goal is to help drag it -- kicking and screaming -- into the 21st century." The book is for sale on Amazon.

Busch also said he is working on ways to use the data aggregated over the last two years from more than 600,000 flights by more than 4,500 aircraft enrolled in his Savvy Analysis program. "We have created a 'skunk works' team to research and exploit the many ways this information can be used to provide useful guidance to pilots, aircraft owners, mechanics, manufacturers, aviation safety agencies and the GA community," he said at the forum. "Never in the history of GA has this much real-world operating data been aggregated in one place. Just imagine the possibilities of how this data could be used! That's exactly what our skunk works team is doing! Stay tuned."