Aircraft Tire Selection and Maintenance

Tires don't get the respect they deserve. Most folks just say that they are "round, black, and dirty." The reality of the situation is quite different.

A Tale of Whoa

With the right tools and the right techniques, you can replace your brakes quickly and easily.

Dealing With A Dirty Belly

Sure, you can't see it when you approach the plane, but a dirty belly can be a sign of problems in the engine compartment. AVweb has suggestions to fix the problems and clean up the mess.

Aircraft Cleaning

Remember the good-old days when the choices of products to clean your airplane were few? Today it seems we are overwhelmed with choices to the point of bewilderment, but AVweb has some suggestions to keep a healthy shine on your steed.

No Muss, No Fuss Oil Changing

If you're interested in changing your own oil and oil filter -- and pilot-certificated owners are allowed to -- don't treat it as an easy job even if you've done it on your car. Complexities abound and errors are costly. AVweb presents a basic outline of the process, as well as an in-depth description of how to deal with that oil filter.

Safety Wire Techniques

It's one of those things that every maintenance-minded operator should know how to do. In fact, it's the cornerstone of maintenance procedures as diverse as brake relining and oil-filter changing. But many non-mechanics are fearful of tying safety wires, because they don't know how or because they think they're not allowed to do it. AVweb is here to help.

Airbus A380 and A340 Photo Gallery

In-flight photos of Airbus's ultra-capacity A380 and ultra-long A340-600 sent to us by an AVweb reader. The Swiss Alps provide the backdrop.

…Security Issues Raised

No one in officialdom seems to be too worried about the security implications of the alleged theft ... even as (some) general aviation readies to return to Washington National airport, Sept. 18 (many, many aircraft will still be excluded under extensive regulations). "I would just encourage increased vigilance at the various airports and the companies that have these aircraft to ensure better security," Emmett told the Journal-Constitution. "I don't think it requires any systems changes." The various alphabet groups are offering similar advice. "This is a good reminder for all pilots to follow the Airport Watch precepts, especially securing unattended aircraft, and report any suspicious activity," said Andy Cebula, AOPA senior vice president of government and technical affairs. "If as a community we can prevent thefts like this, we'll reduce the chance of more security regulation."

The Unappreciated & Ill-Defined Aircraft Maintenance Log

Maintenance logs are required to prove compliance with regulations, but do you have to have them when you sell the plane? If not, what will happen to the price you get for the plane? And, therefore, will you get compensation from your insurance company if the logs are lost or destroyed? Think again.

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Two Tragic Accidents And We’re Arguing About Sim Time?

You'd think Boeing would try belt and suspenders this time. But for the revised MAX, it wants to again try what already didn't work.

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