tools of the trade

tools of the trade

I am thinking about taking the ownership plunge and had some questions.  I am an A&P and will be doing most of my own maintenance with my friend who is an IA.  Just starting a thread here to find out what specialty tools will I need to comply with my inspections?  Just thought I'd throw this out there to pick you guys brains a little bit.  Thanks in advance.

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CJ......

I don't mean to sound like a smart a--, but being an A&P shouldn't you know the kinds of tools that you will need to inspect and work on your airplane?? Or am I missing something??/

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CJ,

I reread your post and my reply to it and thought to myself.....maybe this guy has only been exposed to jets or turbo's. If that's the case I guess you wouldn't be expected to know about recips....

There are only a couple of tools that are unique to recips, they are a compression tester, a magneto timer and perhaps a timing wheel, not required but helpful. Lastly, an  oil  filter cutter to allow the inspection of the filter pleats for metal. If you don't have a means of jacking the airplane for tire changes, brake pad replacement and bearing lubrication you will nee some sort of a jack. The type depends on the airplane.

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Sorry Don.  I guess I could have explained myself a little better.  You were correct in assuming that I know jets.  I've worked for GE Engine Services for 11 years working on CT7's, T700's and CF34's.  The last time I worked on airplanes was in A&P school.  My intention in starting this thread was to get an idea what I might need to get going in Cessna maintenance.  My friend though, who is an IA, has much more experience on aircraft than I do.  This brings up another dilema I need help with.  My friend, who is the IA, is a little nervous about returning an aircraft to service without liability insurance.  Any advice?  The whole time he has used his IA, he worked under the umbrella of another company's insurance.  My understanding is that this insurance is next to impossible to get and if you can get it, it is crazy expensive.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Not being an A&P or an IA, I can't speak to the liability issue. Seems to me that the A&P carries a much larger liability burden than the IA. The IA basically is a paperwork guy and signs off the airplane based to the logbook entries made by the A&P.  Regardless of what insurance costs, it would be hard to justify to sign off One airplane. I would search the web for aircraft insurance.

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CJ,
Are you talking about doing maintenance on just your airplane or do you plan on doing general maintenance for other owner/pilots? I have had my A&P for over twenty years and got it when I was building my first experimental airplane and I ask some of the most simplistic questions in the world on this forum. Folks like Tom and Don are good about providing information.

I only maintain my airplane and as an A&P I can sign off and return to service most items I run into. For major repairs and annuals I am blessed with the most honest and competent IA you could ever ask for.

Don provided a fairly good list of what you will need and the only thing I could add is don't be afraid to modify regular hand tools such a grinding down wrenches and sockets to fit those tight places you will find on general aviation airplanes. I tell people I am a graduate of the David Bogan school of tool modification. He is the IA I rely on and has taught me much about my little 150.

Good luck and keep asking questions. None of us know it all.
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