The aviation regulatory standards require that aircrafts owners and administrators maintain airworthiness for safety purposes. Avionics maintenance requires expertise to fix main aircraft problems, particularly when it comes to major repairs through some of the minor issues one can fix for themselves.
Basically, maintaining aircraft generally means going beyond the minimum regulatory standards. For example, to maintain airworthiness, a worn seat belt requires replacement while a seat cushion that is worn out does not. So airworthiness has everything to do with safety, not value. Avionics maintenance simply means that the aircraft equipment is functioning properly, wear and tear are also kept in check.
Below are some avionics maintenance tips.
1. Regularly wipe down surfaces of your helicopter or plane and always check if there are any signs of grease or oil and in case there is leaking additional action will be required (like getting a professional to fix the problem. Note that any friction to the leftover grease or oil can cause sparks, a very dangerous thing even when in the air.
2. If your aircraft has leather finishes, such should be maintained properly. Regularly wipe clean, and you can occasionally use a leather-wiping product that is manufactured for furniture. Any leftover food or waste can damage the proper functioning of the seatbelt, making it unsafe for passengers.
3. The exterior of an aircraft should be cleaned and polished always. Interior comfort items and convenience facilities should be checked to ensure they are in good working condition and updated as needed. A clean aircraft is aesthetically appealing. It would be taunting if clients walked into the aircraft only to find food leftovers or garbage from the previous flight.
4. If you have vinyl or fabric-seats, clean properly. Fabrics are usually pre-treated to prevent damages from spills or dirt, so it is always advisable to check often and clean immediately.
5. Check the fuselage and ensure the drain holes are clear, you can use a pipe cleaner for that task. If holes are blocked, water may be trapped and consequently cause corrosion even faster.
6. Check the instrument panel to ensure it is always clean and working properly. Instruments often tend to jam and it's not ideal if one of the onboard instrument isn't working when the plane is in the air.
7. Make sure you change the oil regularly according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. In case you change to oil change on your own, then remember to record it in the engine logbook, and should you replace the oil filter, remember to record the same as well.
8. The spark plugs should be checked and cleaned.
9. Check the tires condition and the tire pressure. If your tires do not have enough pressure, accidents can occur. Changing tires is one legal preventative maintenance jobs that aircraft owners and pilots can do themselves. Though you will require the right tools and ensure you are certain what to do.
10. Check to ensure that the fuel is clean for your aircraft use and a professionals service your aircraft regularly to make sure the engine is always in good condition to fly safely.