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Quiz: Can You Fix It?

As a private pilot (or higher), you can perform 'preventive maintenance' on your plane. But what parts of your plane can you fix? Take this quiz and see how much you know!

  1. 1) You get to the airport and find your airplane with a flat tire. Can you fill it up yourself?
    stem-1 RedTail_Panther

    Part 43 Appendix A (c) (1) allows you to remove, install, and repair landing gear tires under preventive maintenance.

    Part 43 Appendix A (c) (1) allows you to remove, install, and repair landing gear tires under preventive maintenance.

    1. Vote - Yes
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    2. Vote - No
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  2. 2) You're lowering your Piper Cub from a hoist in the hangar and catch your wing another airplane's rudder. You tear a small, dime sized hole in the fabric on the bottom of your wing (not the aileron, and not on a wing rib). Can you patch it yourself?
    stem-2 Mike Langhorst

    According to Part 43 Appendix A (c) (7), you can make simple fabric patches not requiring rib stitching or the removal of structural parts or control surfaces. In the case of balloons, the making of small fabric repairs to envelopes (as defined in, and in accordance with, the balloon manufacturers' instructions) not requiring load tape repair or replacement.

    According to Part 43 Appendix A (c) (7), you can make simple fabric patches not requiring rib stitching or the removal of structural parts or control surfaces. In the case of balloons, the making of small fabric repairs to envelopes (as defined in, and in accordance with, the balloon manufacturers' instructions) not requiring load tape repair or replacement.

    1. Vote - Yes
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    2. Vote - No
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  3. 3) Your steel propeller has some small gravel nicks in it. Assuming you have the equipment to fix the blades, can you smooth them out yourself?
    stem-3 Gord McKenna

    This is classified as a 'propeller major repair' under Part 43 Appendix A (b) (3) (i). Any repairs to, or straightening of steel blades, need to be done by a mechanic.

    This is classified as a 'propeller major repair' under Part 43 Appendix A (b) (3) (i). Any repairs to, or straightening of steel blades, need to be done by a mechanic.

    1. Vote - Yes
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    2. Vote - No
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  4. 4) You open your 172's side window and accidentally crack it. Can you replace the window yourself?
    stem-4 Eric Bramhall

    Part 43 Appendix A (c) (13) says replacing side windows where that work does not interfere with the structure or any operating system such as controls, electrical equipment, etc. can be done under preventive maintenance.

    Part 43 Appendix A (c) (13) says replacing side windows where that work does not interfere with the structure or any operating system such as controls, electrical equipment, etc. can be done under preventive maintenance.

    1. Vote - Yes
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    2. Vote - No
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  5. 5) A small corner of your rudder pedal breaks off. Assuming you know how to weld, can you take the pedal off and repair it?
    stem-5 Maurizio Pucci

    File this one under 'aircraft major repairs' under Part 43 Appendix A (b) (1) (xx). Repairing parts of the control system such as control columns, pedals, shafts, brackets, or horns needs to be done by a mechanic.

    File this one under 'aircraft major repairs' under Part 43 Appendix A (b) (1) (xx). Repairing parts of the control system such as control columns, pedals, shafts, brackets, or horns needs to be done by a mechanic.

    1. Vote - Yes
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    2. Vote - No
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  6. 6) You check the oil during preflight and see that it's a half-quart low. Can you add the oil yourself?
    stem-6 revedavion.com

    Part 43 Appendix A (c) (6) say lubrication not requiring disassembly other than removal of nonstructural items such as cover plates, cowlings, and fairings is preventive maintenance.

    Part 43 Appendix A (c) (6) say lubrication not requiring disassembly other than removal of nonstructural items such as cover plates, cowlings, and fairings is preventive maintenance.

    1. Vote - Yes
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    2. Vote - No
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  7. 7) You've flown your airplane A LOT, and the pilot's safety belts is starting to fray. Can you buy a new one and replace it yourself?
    stem-7 OnceAndFutureLaura

    Part 43 Appendix A (c) (14) says replacing safety belts is preventive maintenance.

    Part 43 Appendix A (c) (14) says replacing safety belts is preventive maintenance.

    1. Vote - Yes
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    2. Vote - No
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Not Bad, But Keep Studying The FARs...

You scored %. The good news? You've got room for improvement! Spend some more time studying and you'll be performing preventive maintenance in no time. Think you know more about fixing planes than your friends? Pass it on and find out!

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Not Bad, You're Getting There...

You scored %. The good news? You've got room for improvement! Spend some more time studying and you'll be a preventive maintenance expert. Think you know more about fixing planes than your friends? Pass it on and find out!

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Your Preventive Maintenance Knowledge Level: Pro

Nice work - you scored %. If it comes to a flat tire or a fabric patch, you're on top of it. Think you know more about fixing planes than your friends? Pass it on and find out!

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Your Preventive Maintenance Knowledge Level: Expert!

Nice! You scored %! When it comes to fixing planes, you know your stuff. Think you know more about fixing planes than your friends? Pass it on and find out!

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Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at colin@boldmethod.com.

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