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Restoration Rules of Thumb

Restoration Rules of Thumb

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Have a DIY project in mind? Read these eight simple tips before you start.

June 2015-

As pilots, we have a responsibility to know our aircraft as well as we can, and one great way to learn about our airplanes is to complete a restoration project. Things like replacing bulbs, installing new seatbelts and new seats, repairing upholstery and decorative furnishings; as well as simple repairs and adjustments—and many other service actions which don’t involve disassembly of the primary structure—are all permitted under the preventive maintenance section of FAR part 43, Appendix A. (We’ve recently added a link to the U.S. Government Publishing Office on PiperFlyer.org. Look for “Browse e-CFR Data” under the Knowledge Base tab. There you can review FAR part 43, Appendix A and other regulations. —Ed.)

Here are some general tips to keep in mind if you’re contemplating a DIY project.

01 Define the scope of your project, and be realistic about your restoration skills and budget.

If this is your first restoration project, you’ll want to keep your project small and inexpensive.
When you’re planning, keep in mind that if you run into trouble you could have your plane down for weeks (or longer) while you get help. Talk to your A&P before you start any work, and if you have difficulty after you begin your project, get your mechanic’s advice. You can also reach out to your fellow members through the PFA forums by logging in to PiperFlyer.org.

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