This section is intended to provide basic information on principles, fundamentals, and technical procedures in the subject matter areas common to both the airframe and powerplant ratings. Emphasis in this section is on theory and methods of application.
- Safety, Ground Operations, and Servicing
- Regulations, Maintenance Forms, Records, and Publications
- Aviation Mathematics
- Aviation Physics
- Aircraft Drawings
- Aircraft Weight and Balance
- Aircraft Materials, Processes, and Hardware
- Aircraft Cleaning and Corrosion Control
- Fluid Lines and Fittings
- Inspection Concepts and Techniques
- Hand Tools and Measuring Devices
- Fundamentals of Electricity and Electronics
- Mechanic Privileges and Limitations
- Human Factors
This section is designed to aid students enrolled in a formal course of instruction preparing for FAA certification as a maintenance technician as well as for current technicians who wish to improve their knowledge. This volume contains information on mathematics, aircraft drawings, weight and balance, aircraft materials, processes and tools, physics, electricity, inspection, ground operations, and FAA regulations governing the certification and work of maintenance technicians. New to this volume is a section addressing how successful aviation maintenance technicians incorporate knowledge and awareness of ethics, professionalism and human factors in the field.
Because there are so many different types of airframes and powerplants in use today, it is reasonable to expect that differences exist in the components and systems of each. To avoid undue repetition, the practice of using representative systems and units is implemented throughout the handbook. Subject matter treatment is from a generalized point of view, and should be supplemented by reference to manufacturers’ manuals or other textbooks if more detail is desired. This handbook is not intended to replace, substitute for, or supersede official regulations or the manufacturers’ instructions.