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Sometimes small, general aviation airplanes get too much maintenance, and sometimes they get too little. We talk about that in today’s episode along with some real life examples.

But first, I want to give a shout out to two people I have absolutely loved learning from recently because they are both excellent teachers.

Chris Palmer: Aviator and flight instructor living in Homer, Alaska. I’ve been going through Chris’ online instrument ground school course, and it is absolutely amazing. Stunningly excellent graphics, interesting and engaging teaching, and the best review of the FAA test questions I’ve ever seen. Check out his courses and training here:


Carl Valeri: Airline pilot, podcaster, and aviation careers coach. Carl is the host of the Aviation Careers Podcast, and he shares a TON of great useful information about flying and aviation careers in a really fun and inspiring way. If you want to make progress in your flying career, you MUST check out Carl’s podcast and resources. You can find his podcast in iTunes or other podcast apps, and his website is here:

Listen to today’s episode to hear about some things that got my attention last week at Classic Aviation:

  1. A one time AD that keeps getting signed off year after year.
  2. A purple paperclip on a jet at Shenandoah Valley.
  3. A couple examples of too much maintenance.
  4. One example of not enough maintenance.

Here’s the purple paperclip:

Not something I would expect to see on a jet like this

And here’s my example of “not enough maintenance.”:

That induction filter had not been changed in a long time, as evidenced by it falling apart when I removed it.

Here’s the recommendation to change these filters every year… it’s right there on the package of the new filter:

You can hear more details of all these items by listening to today’s audio.


Finally, if you’re going to Oshkosh, I’d love to meet you. I’ll be presenting a talk on Saturday morning, July 27 at 8:30 am. The topic is “Exhaust Valve Borescoping and Lapping.” I’d love to meet you there.

Have a great week!

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