Aircraft Maintenance Technology
Aircraft Maintenance Technology is written for aircraft maintenance professionals. Editorial is focused on the latest technology and maintenance best practices. Each issue includes coverage of the entire aviation industry including: airline, business aviation, general aviation, military, commercial mro, and rotorcraft. Additional articles encompass AMTSociety Update, Legal Matters, From the FAA, Management Matters and industry viewpoints from ARSA, John Goglia, and Jamie Benthsen of NationAir Insurance. AMT reaches more than 41,000 aircraft maintenance professionals with our print and digital circulation and has digital products including an App, weekly newsletter and quarterly e-Military newsletter.
A look at crossdraft and downdraft paint booths
By Rich Thelen
From top: Crossdraft with forced draft plenum doors. Downdraft showing filter house. Fighter booth.
It goes without saying that the most important elements of any...
To make it a reality: communication, navigation, and surveillance
By Jim Sparks
This free flight version is not to be confused with what you get from the airlines after paying for so many flight segments. In this case free flight is a...
Are they really mandatory?
By Joe Escobar
Is a manufacturer's mandatory service bulletin mandatory or not? This topic pops up in hangars regularly and tends to polarize A&P's and IA's alike. They either feel strongly that they are or they are...
High temperature turbine blade corrosion
By Chris Grosenick
No turbine engine is immune from it, and since sulfidation tends to form in the blade root, shrouds, and to a lesser extent on the blade airfoil, it is a serious matter that requires...
Costs come in many flavors: Part 2, direct vs. indirect costs
By Brandon Battles
Brandon Battles Maintenance managers have expressed frustration to me when they hear or discuss various terms involving different types of costs such as...
Working in the unfriendly skies
Stephen P. Prentice
NEWSGRAM: “Mechanics pay reduced 14 percent.”
There is no doubt that the airline industry is in for a long dry spell. After two years of record losses...
Editor’s Note: In the February issue Bill O’Brien began a discussion on the new regulations for the Part 145 manual requirements.
High-Pressure Gas Cylinders
All new parts installed during the maintenance function have to be manufactured to one of the quality standards of 14 CFR Part 21.303.
There are many misconceptions about...
Theory and operating considerations
By Joe Escobar
In the arena of parts cleaning, ultrasonic cleaning is making inroads. Environmental impact consideration is leading many companies to look for greener cleaning methods, and...
If tools could talk
By Emily Refermat
If your pneumatic tools could speak, what would they say?
Would they complain of being wet all the time or are they burning up inside? Are there signs of premature aging, perhaps from lack of good...
Aviation Maintenance Technician
Where did the term come from?
By Fred Workley
Fred Workley Due to changes in aircraft technology, the amount of specialized training required to perform aviation maintenance has increased significantly...
Antique to Answer Interview with Dale Cope about what’s happening at the Aging Aircraft Research Laboratory
By Emily Refermat
Usually research is focused on the future. Old pieces of technology are discarded or touted as antiques often...
"The Big Five" By Joseph Stump
Nondestructive inspection (NDI) in the field of aviation came into its own in the 1940s. While still in its infancy, it represented a major innovation in aircraft maintenance and inspection technology...