Airplane mechanics book

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Airplane mechanics book

Posted by Thomas Kaye on Nov 6, 2018 8:46 am

Hello all-
I have recently purchased a Mooney Ovation and am interested in learning about the various systems in the plane from a mechanical point of view.
Whereas the POH is helpful, I am searching for a more in depth view of things. I have searched a bit for flight mechanic books, but they seem to take a technical turn (types of welding techniques,, sheet metal molding, types of rivet joints, etc.) more germane to the trade and perhaps not realistic for me. I think learning about the mechanics of airplanes will help me with understanding repairs/annual inspections/normal maintenance issues. I would appreciate input from the AOPA community on this-  Books/references/videos......
Thanks in advance,
Tom Kaye N10469
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Re: Airplane mechanics book

Posted by Brennan Callan on Nov 6, 2018 12:34 pm

Tom,
it is great to see your enthusiasm to learn.  I don't know anything about your age, professional ambitions, and goals, but perhaps you might consider attending a 2-year Airframe Mechanic & Powerplant type school near you.  The FAA has strict requirements for attendance and it is vital for you to know that ahead of time.  As most work on traditional aircraft must be accomplished by a rated mechanic, getting you the ratings would help you gain the knowledge and experiences you seek.  Contact your local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) (listed in your phone book) and then you can ask them about nearby community colleges or other programs that offer the courses.  Otherwise, you might need to move across the country or area to find a program, for those two years.

A friend of mine, a retired airline pilot, Vietnam Vet, completed attending an A&P school and he is in his 60s.  He wanted to complete the courses for personal and professional reasons.  He was already an active CFI for over 35+ years.  He took his courses out in California.

Good mechanics are well needed and you sound motivated. 

Best wishes
Brennan

Re: Airplane mechanics book

Posted by Ronald Levy on Nov 6, 2018 1:14 pm

Re: Airplane mechanics book

Posted by Thomas Kaye on Nov 13, 2018 9:11 am

Ron and Brennan:
I thank both of you and have visited the sites you mentioned as well as looked into the schools in the Northeast (Ct.) I am presently not interested in becoming an airplane mechanic/powerplant specialist, but appreciate your finding the time to help with my inquiry.
Also, I was able to find extensive manuals pertains to the above on the faa.gov website, which is a "gold mine" of information available to topics pertaining to flying/aircraft maintenance in addition to piloting.
Again, I greatly appreciate both of your advice and references.
Tom Kaye N10469