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Airplane Owner Maintenance – By Dean Showalter

A podcast devoted to airplane owners and the maintenance of their airplanes.


Last Episode Date: 20 June 2024

Total Episodes: 125

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20 June 2024
242 – Your Airplane’s Alternator: Neglected or Well-Cared-For?

In this podcast episode, we’re talking about alternator maintenance! Here’s the alternator I removed from a Beechcraft Bonanza to inspect the drive coupling and the brushes… note the brush assembly in the lower right side of the photo: The brushes had plent...

32 min
12 June 2024
241 – Best Airplane Engine Overhaul Shops

When it’s time to overhaul your engine, who do you call? Where do you go? Listen to this episode to hear ideas from other airplane owners who have had good experiences with various engine overhaul shops around the country. I always love meeting podcast listeners, and I...

37 min
7 May 2024
240 – MEI Check Ride Struggles

This ‘ol Piper Apache served me very well to get my MEI training and check ride done. Listen to the audio for this episode to hear how my check ride went… it was a challenging one! This part of the podcast is toward the end. This episode also covers something we ...

46 min
13 April 2024
239 – When Your “Perfect” Airplane Gets a Prebuy

Note: Scroll down to see who I unexpectedly met in Florida this past week! Now for the Prebuy… it was some months ago, and I did a prebuy inspection on a nice airplane on behalf of the buyer. I also became good friends with the owner / seller, for which I was grateful,...

45 min
5 April 2024
238 – Check Ride Thoughts & Piper Door Stop Repair

This podcast episode includes the following: Here’s a photo of the Piper Cherokee door stop I repaired by installing a new spring, P/N 65730-00. Now the door stop snaps nicely into the open detent, instead of closing on you while you’re getting in or out of the a...

41 min
5 March 2024
237 – Checkride Butterflies!

My CFII checkride is in three days! Yikes! I’m excited, and I have a few butterflies as well… I just hope they are friendly butterflies 🙂 Today’s podcast episode is about checkrides, and some encouragement for all of us to move forward with whatever that...

21 min
2 February 2024
236 – Spare Parts and Tools to Carry in Your Airplane

Check out this spare parts case my friend Bill created! Although you might not want to carry that much extra stuff in YOUR airplane, it still might be worth thinking about some items to have in case of emergencies. This podcast episode will include the following: Some feedba...

33 min
12 October 2023
235 – Ugly Propellers and What to Do About Them

The paint was eroding on the King Air 350 prop blades. After a lot of research for paint and new Hartzell decals, I was ready to begin. Here’s where I bought the prop paint and new Hartzell decals: aerotouchups It was important to NOT get paint on anything other than t...

48 min
23 September 2023
234 – Why the Airplane’s Heater Didn’t Light Last Winter

I’ll get right to it… I think it was because one of the brushes in the heater combustion fan motor was severely worn, and when the motor / combustion fan did not run, the heater did not light. Here’s a comparison of the old brushes and the new brushes I jus...

44 min
8 September 2023
233 – Mike’s Owner Assisted Annual on His F33A Bonanza

Mike Garcia has become a good friend over the past year or so. Recently we completed his annual inspection together, and he really enjoyed working on his airplane while learning more about what’s under the surface! Mike was my guest on the podcast this week, so be sure...

38 min
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