Owning a small prop plane allows you freedom to come and go in the air as you please. Many models are more inexpensive than larger options and cheaper to store. However, without proper maintenance, your prop plane won’t last as long as you think. Here are some tips to keep it in top running condition and ready for the skies.
Each model has its own overhaul maintenance schedule. Following the guidelines left by the manufacturer can keep your particular aircraft in running shape. Aircraft hardware kits can help you make those routine maintenance repairs that keep your plane running smoothly. Kits work great because they have the parts specific to your make and model altogether rather than trying to find the pieces separately.
Regardless of what you put on your propellers make sure that they are visible. The safety of you and those around the plane is more important than flashy paint and graphics. Though there is currently no regulations stipulating what has to be on the propeller artwork, it is a good idea to keep safety as your number one priority.
Flying through the air puts you in the path of insects, birds and debris. Without regular cleaning, the plane cannot operate as intended. The propeller can jam or catch on the pollution, dirt and other items in the air. Water and a little dish soap can make quick work of cleaning that propeller. Use the solution when the blades are down to avoid damaging the seals.
Every pilot knows how important the pre-flight checklist, but it is essential in helping you maintain your propeller and the aircraft as a whole. Look for any new damage whether a nick or missing hardware. Make any repairs prior to take off. The blades shouldn’t wobble or be loose. An expert can help you repair any major damage caused by erosion or real damage.