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7 Ways To Reduce Wear And Tear On Your Aircraft

Your aircraft with thank you...

1) Don't ride the brakes.

It's a habit that many of us find ourselves doing from time to time. You wouldn't hold the brakes in your car while trying to accelerate, would you?

Alec Wilson

2) Eliminate side loading.

Practice makes perfect. Make sure you are utilizing the wing-low method to your advantage when coming in on final for a crosswind landing. Making precise rudder and aileron applications can help assure a smooth landing.

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3) Lean the engine.

Especially during ground operations at low RPM settings, having a full rich mixture setting can cause spark plug fouling.

Rob Bixby

4) Hangar the aircraft.

This is pretty obvious, but if there's a storm coming, protect your plane from hail and other blowing debris.

SounderBruce

5) Watch your airspeed.

Make sure you are flying your aircraft at the appropriate speed for the situation. If you are not in smooth air, make sure you're below Vno. If you encounter turbulence, you might want to slow to design maneuvering speed (Va).

H. Michael Miley

6) Avoid over cranking.

We've all had those days where the engine refuses to start. If it's being stubborn, make sure to give the starter and battery a break for a few minutes to cool, before cranking it again.

Aleksander Markin

7) Apply power smoothly.

Jamming the throttle forward can cause stress on your engine (you don't jam your car's accelerator to the floor every time, do you?). If you're applying takeoff power, clearing your engine during extended flight-idle, or any other time you're throttling-up, remember to apply power smoothly.

Alan Wilson

How else can you reduce wear and tear? Tell us in the comments below.

Corey Komarec

Corey is a commercial aviation student, Certified Flight Instructor and commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings at the University of North Dakota. He has been flying since 16 years old, and is pursuing a career in the airlines. You can reach him at corey@boldmethod.com.

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