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    Maintain your Airplane : FAQ's

    As one of the Bay Area's leading maintenance facilities we understand you have lots of questions in regard to the safe operation of your aircraft. Below are some of the most common questions we've been asked through out the years. If after reviewing the information below you still have questions feel free to contact us.

    Can I as an owner work on my plane in my own hangar and then have one of the mechanics sign it off?

    The FARs allow for some of this, but the work must be done under the direct supervision of the mechanic. So paying him to be there will cost at least the same as if you just hired him to do it, and chances are he would have done it more quickly and saved you a few dollars.

    What do I need to do if I want to do my own oil changes?

    You should have a current maintenance manual for the aircraft and engine, the same tools or tools acceptable to the FAA Administrator as required by the manufacturer for the task at hand (ie calibrated torque wrench), the correct materials (oil, filter, gaskets, etc.) as per the manufacturer's data, and prior experience (ie doing the first one with an A&P).

    Why do (Beech, Piper, Mooney, etc.) charge so much for parts?

    Aircraft parts are produced in small quantities,must meet stringent FAA guidelines, and always include certification paperwork. Some parts are inventoried for years by the manufacturer before being sold. Bottom line, if it is for a airplane it won't be cheap.