It's rare for an engine, propeller or airframe to fail catastrophically in flight. But when one does, more often than not, the culprit is metal fatigue. To make intelligent maintenance decisions, every aircraft owner needs a basic understanding of how metal behaves ... and why it fails. AVweb's Mike Busch offers a primer on the subject.
By Mike Busch
, This article originally appeared in the June 1999 issue of CESSNA PILOTS ASSOCIATION Magazine. | December 29, 1999