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My Piper Archer Taking Off her Cowling

In Aircraft, Equipment, Gear on June 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Lycoming O-360-A4M in Piper Archer III

While I usually fall asleep halfway through most Hollywood movies, I could spend hours watching machines to figure out how they work. And so I was looking forward to the first 50 hours maintenance to document in detail what lies under the engine cowling of 9M-DRJ.

My plane is equipped with a normally aspirated four-cylinder four-stroke, horizontally opposed, air-cooled granddaddy of an engine. Clearly not cutting edge anymore, but rock-solid. This sort of machine will give you ample warning before it quits. It won’t just stop out of nowhere like one of the new diesel engines that rely on lots of electronics. On the flip-side, this engine practically needs to be bathed in oil and fuel to run smoothly.

Nevertheless, quite a number of components need to work together in a well-coordinated manner even for this unsophisticated engine to run. You need the fuel system with pump and carburetor, the oil system with cooler, filter and pump, the spark with magnetos and spark plugs, the starter motor, the exhaust system and of course the motor block with cylinder heads, pistons, valves etc.

If you are interested in this sort of stuff, you can take a look at a couple of pictures I have taken of this little marvel of technology

  1. FRAS flying club itself has maintenance or does FRAS sub contract maintenance to another company?

  2. FRAS flying club itself does it’s own maintenance or is it a FRAS contracted maintenance company?
    eg. Royal Selangor Flying Club & a few flying clubs based in Subang contracts Admal for their maintenance.

    • I am not familiar with Admal. Is that a company name?
      With regard to FRAS I am certain that it is not the flying club providing the maintenance. I believe there is a separate DCA recognized commercial entity for that. However, I have no knowledge of the commercial setup. Best is to contact FRAS if you need specifics.

  3. Which company is doing the maintenance for you?

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