If you’re in flight training, you will, at some point, need to discuss the type of preventative maintenance you can perform on an aircraft you own or operate with your examiner. But if it’s been some time or if you rent your aircraft and preventative maintenance is taken care of by the mechanics, it’s important to remember what pilots are allowed to do regarding preventative maintenance.
The FAA defines preventative maintenance as “simple or minor preservation operations and the replacement of small standard parts not involving complex assembly operations.” Once the work is complete, it is required that you make a logbook entry that includes the following information:
The following is a partial list of what a certified pilot (as defined in 14 CFR Part 43) can do:
Now that you know the type of maintenance that you are legally allowed to perform as a pilot, you may see your aircraft differently during preflight! To learn more about performing preventative maintenance on your aircraft, please contact Elevate Aviation here in Salt Lake City, Utah.