Under the Cowling Valve Clearances and Hydraulic Lifters Generally, most engine problems arise from incorrect amounts of fuel getting to the cylinders or lack of a hot spark from the ignition system at the proper time. These...Read More
Under The Cowling
These webinars total hours of advice from the Piper Owner Society Editorial Board, led by Aviation Director Scott Sherer. Also featuring longtime pilot and electrical engineer Jim "Griff" Griffin, these advice videos feature tips from longtime pilot and CFI Mike Jones, avionics consultant Bob Hart, insurance and business expert Scott "Sky" Smith, and more.
For ease of watching, we have broken these videos into 3 parts. There are no downloads available of this content. Important links and documents needed are provided within the posts themselves.
The Piper Owner Society would like to thank the following contributors:
- Scott Sherer, Aviation Director
- Michael Jay Jones, Editorial Board
- Jim Griffin, Editorial Board
- Sky Smith, Editorial Board, Aviation Insurance Expert
- Bob Hart, Editorial Board & Avionics Guru
A sampling of quotes from this first webinar.
“Buying (an airplane) is not as hard as dealing with it in the first few years. It expensive enough buying a 40 or 50 year old airplane. Those first few years are even more challenging.” -Scott Sherer
“In the last three years of aircraft ownership, a lot of people stop maintaining their aircraft. And that creates a problem. I would always recommend getting a pre-purchase inspection. And you can’t do it with the mechanic who’s already maintaining the airplane. You can’t go to a mechanic who you both know. You need to go to somebody who’s trained in that model of aircraft but has not seen it before.” -Scott Sherer
“Fuel is going to be biggest expense. We ran about 83% of our expense being fuel, and that was through two engine cycles.” -Jim Griffin
“Be prepared to spend 25% of the cost of purchasing your plane on maintenance. -Scott Sherer
Under the Cowling “BREAKING UP” with your Radio? Not so fast…your antenna might be the real problem! Aircraft owners typically invest a lot of money in avionics equipment for their planes, and other than an engine overhaul,...Read More
Under the Cowling Aircraft Carburetors 101: Basic Carb Functionality and the 3 Things mostly likely to Mess it up! Engines need fuel to provide the energy needed to produce power. Most planes in the general aviation fleet employ...Read More
Under the Cowling Airplane Cable Tensions and Control Surface Rigging The flight control system in most airplanes consists of a series of bellcranks and rods that connect the flight control surface (aileron, rudder, or elevator)...Read More
Under the Cowling 7 Tried & True Tips to Remove Stubborn Screws and Rusted Bolts Sometimes the most difficult task involved in the replacement of a part or component is the removal of the old part: Screws that are stuck due...Read More
Under the Cowling The Birds, the Bees and other Basics 5 Key Component Checks & Pre-flight Provisions to get a Long-Idle Airplane Back in the Air Everyone is busy these days and almost all of us are guilty of neglecting our...Read More
Under the C0wling After the Annual “Insurance” Don’t Discount the Double-check! A few years ago, a Cessna 421 went to a busy repair shop for what should’ve been a simple oil change. After the procedure was supposedly “done,”...Read More
Under the Cowling 10 Quick-and-Dirty Tips to Enhanced Oil System Maintenance Oil cleans, cools, and reduces friction as it circulates through an engine. Oil also coats internal engine parts, helping to prevent corrosion. In...Read More
Under the Cowling Electrical Troubleshooting Recently, a customer had an ongoing issue with his Garmin GPS intermittently failing in flight. He had an avionics shop near his home airport repeatedly check the unit, but even after...Read More
Under the Cowling How to Pinpoint Pitot-Static System Problems On October 2, 1996, Aeroperu’ Flight 603 departed from Miami with Santiago Chile as its final destination. After the final stop in Lima, Peru, the passengers were...Read More
Under the Cowling 6 Simple Strategies to get your Plane in Ship-shape for Spring For most folks, the warmer temperatures of spring bring a longing to get outdoors and enjoy activities that have been neglected during the cold...Read More
Under the Cowling Sticky Valve Salvation How to Diagnose and Treat a Suspect Valve Rough running engines are difficult to troubleshoot at times, especially if the malfunction is intermittent. Most problems are ignition or fuel...Read More
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