Maintenance for Reliability – Hangar Flying

By Vic Syracuse, EAA Lifetime 180848.

This piece originally ran in Vic’s Checkpoints column in the April 2024 issue of EAA Sport Aviation magazine.

As I write this column, I am recovering from another miserable bout with COVID. I’m sure I’m not the only one who had the 2023 holiday season ruined by it. Even though my body was down and out, it seems my mind is always churning about something. For some reason or another, it seems to spend more cycles on aviation than anything else. I’m probably not the only one here with that problem.

I ended up thinking about how much I use the RV-10 during the year, the average being 200-250 hours over the last five to six years. In those hours are some rather long trips, such as Alaska, and sometimes three-hour one-way trips in the Lower 48. I use it weekly for designated airworthiness representative work and prebuys. I need it to be reliable, and I certainly don’t want to get stuck anywhere.

The airframe now has about 2,600 hours on it and the engine has about 1,100 hours on it, so I started thinking about bigger picture items that may need some attention. Sure, I do all the routine stuff that I’m sure most of you do, such as regular oil changes, spark plug cleaning and gapping, air filter cleaning/replacement, and…

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