Flying can be a great pastime for anyone who enjoys picturesque views. As part of owning your own small aircraft, there are various maintenance tasks that you’ll need to perform. Unfortunately, many small airplane owners lapse on specific areas of maintenance, leading to disastrous crashes.
Worn engine fan blades
Small airplane crashes are notoriously known to be caused by worn engine fan blades that were never replaced. Anytime an airplane is exposed to harsh weather conditions, high humidity or even sand, these powerful agents can work to wear out the engine fan blades faster than normal. When these fan blades are not properly replaced, it can result in some of the worst small airplane crashes.
Abnormal fuel tank contamination
Aircraft that are frequently used in humid and hot environments tend to be more at risk for fuel tank contamination. Pilots flying in these conditions should regularly drain their fuel and undertake consistent sampling checks. This will help to identify when there is a contamination issue prior to taking off. No pilot wants to be stuck with fuel that’s not properly powering their engine when they’re up in the sky.
Not using proper parking procedures
When it comes to parking your aircraft, there are specific procedures that you need to undergo to ensure the overall well-being of your aircraft. One maintenance task is putting engine covers on to prevent premature wear of these engine components. By properly protecting the various sensitive areas of the aircraft while it’s inside the hangar, you can help to prevent unnecessary issues while you’re up in the air.
The unfortunate truth is that many small airplane crashes are avoidable. As a pilot, you should be handling the three issues that we went over above to ensure that your aircraft stays in pristine condition when it’s not in the air. This will help to ensure that when you get up in the air, you have a nice, smooth flight.