Real-Life maintenance lessons from a Beechcraft Baron that could apply to many different kinds of airplanes:

  • ECI cylinder AD.

  • Fuel selector issue.

  • Cigarette lighter anomaly.

  • Heater decay test.

  • Simple check for engine controls.

  • Oil drain plug safety wiring.

  • Oil leakage at oil cooler.

  • Continental throttle body support studs and nuts.


The top area  with the dark residue, is where the missing nut and worn stud, were located.






  • Aircraft battery connections.

  • Hydraulic fluid leakage at parking brake valve.

  • Propeller slow to feather and unfeather.

  • Crankshaft seal leakage.

Since the prop had to be removed, it’s a perfect time to replace the crankshaft seal.




  • Required POH placards.

Thanks to Adam Sipe and Don Sebastian for having me as a guest on the Airplane Intel Podcast!  It was a great conversation with them and you can find that episode here:

Also, while you’re there, take a look around at all the valuable resources they provide.

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Here’s a new podcast I’m recommending, that I found out about through Don Sebastian:

The “Aviation News Talk” podcast with Max Trescott, who was the 2008 National CFI of the Year.”  You can check out the podcast and resources here:

In his latest episode, he had some excellent tips on mag checks, both in flight and on the ground, before shutdown.

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