Airplane Owner Maintenance

A Maintenance Oriented Podcast For Airplane Owners

082 – Design Your Airplane’s Interior With Maintenance In Mind

When it comes to airplane interiors, an important detail that can be totally overlooked, is how the interior installation will affect future maintenance operations.  I highly recommend you give it some thought if you’re considering having new interior installed in your airplane.

Before we get into that, here are some highlights of today’s episode:

  • Audio message from Tom Martin with an option for a great tool to remove and install inspection covers on fabric aircraft.
  • If you own a fabric airplane, you may want to get one of these kits for yourself, and one for your A&P… it would make a great gift!
  • Two iTunes reviews.
  • A brief report about why I traveled to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee this past week.  (I spent a few days with some of the most amazing young people on the planet! )
    • https://getunbound.org/  Check out this unique and inspiring way to get a college degree.
    • https://students.getunbound.org/launch/  This is the conference I spoke at this week.
    • https://lumeritscholar.com/

You might ask, why are you putting that information in here?  Good question.  Because I just spent a few days with some of the brightest young people I’ve ever seen, who have their sites set on really big dreams and goals.  I figured some of you might have kids who are about ready to go to college, and I thought I’d pass this info along as an excellent option and alternative to the typical college scenario.  Feel free to email me with any questions.

Now for today’s topic… Airplane Interiors, and how if affects maintenance.  The audio includes more details, but here are a few recommendations I have if you are considering a new interior for your airplane:

  1. Talk with your A&P or your IA and get ideas for how to design the interior in a way that makes the annual inspection simpler.
  2. Talk with owners of similar airplanes to get ideas.
  3. Ask questions in online forums.
  4. Brainstorm ideas for simple removal and reinstallation, especially seams and fasteners.
  5. Don’t use glue for areas that need to be accessible.  Use fasteners or snaps instead.

Remember, if you have a fabric airplane, scroll down and consider the tool kit Tom Martin recommended for removing and installing inspection covers… maybe get one for you and one for your A&P.

The “Safety Wire Like A Pro!” course is almost ready… I’ll let you know when it’s available.

Thanks everyone!

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2 Comments

  1. Hey Dean,
    I just came across your episodes the other day while browsing Stitcher for content to help me stay awake at night while helping care for my sister. I must say the interesting and useful information does the trick quite well!
    As a recent pilot of the “Red-nosed Cherokee”, it was interesting to hear the story of the crunched ailerons. I also enjoyed the thoughts on Tangier Island. My wife and I took 56J to Tangier in November for an outing before the plane was sold, and what a memory! It’s a unique feeling walking the streets in the cold, bed and breakfast rooms all booked up, and an old airplane as our only way out.

    Thanks for all the great work!

    • Dean Showalter

      February 10, 2018 at 7:10 pm

      Wow, thanks for letting me know all that. Yes, Tangier Island is an awesome place. I hope to visit there again sometime.

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