The Savvy Aviator #16: Who Is Responsible For What? »

Who is responsible for the various aspects of maintaining an aircraft in airworthy condition? The aircraft owner, the authorized inspector (IA), and the certificated mechanic (A&P) all have well-defined roles and responsibilities. AVweb's Mike Busch lays them out in this months Savvy Aviator column. More

The Savvy Aviator #15: The Annual Inspection Trap »

Your airplane is undergoing its annual inspection, and the shop tells you the aircraft needs some costly repair work. You disagree, but the IA says he's unwilling to sign off the annual until the work is done. What are your options? More

The Savvy Aviator #14: Engine Cooling -- Less Is More »

If your CHTs are running warmer than you'd like, odds are that you've got leaky cooling baffles under your cowling. Fixing those leaks is usually simple -- and the less air leaks, the more is available to cool the cylinders. More

The Savvy Aviator #13: Putting Compression In Context »

The differential compression check is one of the quickest, easiest, and most useful tools we have for measuring the top-end health of a piston aircraft engine. Yet many owners, mechanics, and even the FAA seem confused about how to perform the test properly and how to interpret the results. It's not rocket science. More

The Savvy Aviator #12: Tire TLC »

Tires are the Rodney Dangerfields of aviation: They get no respect. Proper tire care isn't rocket science, and can pay hefty dividends in economy and safety. AVweb's Mike Busch tells you what you need to know. More

The Savvy Aviator #11: Ignition TLC »

Mags and spark plugs don't need a lot of maintenance, but they do require some and it's often neglected. You may get away with such neglect for a while, but eventually it'll bite you. More

The Savvy Aviator #10: Mechanicals On The Road »

Nothing is more exasperating to an aircraft owner than encountering a mechanical problem while far from home base. AVweb's Mike Busch offers some tips for dealing with such problems, and preparing for them ahead of time. More

The Savvy Aviator #9: Don't Go Overboard »

Engine problems are serious and need to be fixed promptly. But don't overreact. If one cylinder goes south, there's seldom a need to replace the other five, or to "major" the engine before its time. More

The Savvy Aviator #8: Overhaul Overdone »

When an instrument, accessory or other appliance stops working on our airplanes, we generally get it overhauled or exchange it for an overhauled exchange unit, right? Wrong, says AVweb's Mike Busch, who argues that overhaul is often unnecessary and a big waste of money, and offers several illustrative cases-in-point. More

The Savvy Aviator #7: Owner In Command »

Every pilot understands the concept of "pilot in command," which places absolute responsibility and final authority for aircraft operation squarely on the pilot's shoulders. But what about when the aircraft isn't flying? AVweb's Mike Busch argues that aircraft owners need to accept absolute responsibility and final authority for the maintenance and airworthiness of their aircraft -- a concept he calls "owner in command." More