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Volume 19, Number 8c
February 22, 2013
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Ownership Issuesback to top 


The fleet of older Cirrus airframes could face further depreciation because of pricey parachute upkeep. We look at the economics and the CAPS repack process.

Cirrus owners rave about having the CAPS parachute system as the ultimate safety backup, but if you're shopping for a used Cirrus, know this: Many used airframes are coming up on the required 10-year parachute repack cycle. This work is expensive, requires considerable down time and can only be accomplished by select and highly specialized shops.

This should be taken into consideration when negotiating the sale price and if you pull the trigger on an airplane that needs the repack, you should know what you're getting into first. In this article, we'll take a look at this major service event, including the mandatory repack requirement and what you should expect for costs. During our research, we discovered that all repacks aren't created equally.

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AVweb Classicsback to top 


Under the FARs, performing maintenance is the job of an A&P mechanic or FAA-approved repair station, but managing maintenance is the owner's job. In essence, the FAA looks at each aircraft owner as the Director of Maintenance (DoM) of a one-aircraft aviation department. Unfortunately, few owners know how to do this important job, and most do it very poorly. Many owners leave it to their A&Ps to manage their maintenance, and generally are unhappy with the results.

For the past four and a half years, I've been going around the country teaching owners how to manage the maintenance of their aircraft properly. My seminar is a very intense weekend of training -- at least 17 hours worth -- that covers a wide variety of subjects ranging from reliability-centered maintenance to regulations to engine condition monitoring to troubleshooting (just to name a few of the topics covered).

But to make a long story short, the basic principles of good maintenance management can be boiled down to five simple principles. Follow these five principles religiously and you'll discover that you have a safer and more reliable aircraft while at the same time spending a great deal less on maintenance.

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AVweb Video: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

Everett, Washington's Historic Flight Foundation recently flew home its newly-restored DC-3 from Sealand Aviation in Campbell River, British Columbia. The museum's founder, John Sessions, talks about the aircraft's rich history and its future at the Foundation. More...

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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 

Our conversation with X-Plane creator Austin Meyer ranged from flight simulation to synthetic vision highway-in-the-sky iPad apps, avionics for experimental aircraft that could theoretically land real planes, and patent-trolling lawsuits that cripple innovative, successful companies for the benefit of unscrupulous plaintiffs.

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A trimmed down Beechcraft has come out of bankruptcy protection after nine months, and company officials say they're properly financed and organized to grow the business. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Beechcraft's Shawn Vick.

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


AVwebFlash is a twice-weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the world's premier independent aviation news resource.

The AVwebFlash team is:

Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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