Aeronautical publications are the sources of information for guiding aviation mechanics in the operation and maintenance of aircraft and related equipment. The proper use of these publications will greatly aid in the efficient operation and maintenance of all aircraft. These include manufacturers’ service bulletins, manuals, and catalogs; FAA regulations; airworthiness directives; advisory circulars; and aircraft, engine and propeller specifications.
Manufacturers’ Service Bulletins/Instructions
Service bulletins or service instructions are two of several types of publications issued by airframe, engine, and component manufacturers.
The bulletins may include: (1) purpose for issuing the publication, (2) name of the applicable airframe, engine, or component, (3) detailed instructions for service, adjustment, modification or inspection, and source of parts, if required and (4) estimated number of manhours required to accomplish the job.
The manufacturer’s aircraft maintenance manual contains complete instructions for maintenance of all systems and components installed in the aircraft. It contains information for the mechanic who normally works on components, assemblies, and systems while they are installed in the aircraft, but not for the overhaul mechanic. A typical aircraft maintenance manual contains:
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