The Basics of Aircraft Maintenance

The Basics of Aircraft Maintenance
The Basics of Aircraft Maintenance

In the aircraft business, an aircraft’s owner/operator is responsible for the aircraft’s maintenance. In its simplest form, aircraft maintenance ensures the proper functioning and the safety of aircrew and passengers, but is a very complicated and comprehensive process that involves cleaning aircraft components, applying corrosion prevention, lubricating moving parts, troubleshooting fuel systems, servicing hydraulics and more.

Additionally, aircraft maintenance involves physically checking and inspecting various parts to determine their state of wear and tear and actions to replace parts requiring replacing. Aircraft parts commonly checked during maintenance include the engine, fuel system, fuselage, avionics, electrical controls, and wings.

Depending on the type of aircraft, they have different maintenance schedules with some aircraft requiring maintenance based on periods of time while others require maintenance based on operating or flight hours/cycles.

The author, Brigadier General (retired) Carl Buhler served in the US Air Force for over 28 years specializing in aircraft maintenance, munitions, and logistics. He is currently the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC ( In this capacity, Carl Buhler provides consultant services to the aerospace, production, and defense industries with a focus on logistics and aircraft maintenance.

Redskins Running Back Derrius Guice Suffers Season-Ending Injury

Derrius Guice

The 2018 NFL season hasn’t started yet, but one promising Washington Redskins rookie suffered a season-ending injury. Running back Derrius Guice, selected 59th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, tore his left knee ACL during the team’s first preseason game against the New England Patriots on August 9.

Guice was expected to be the Redskins’ starting running back this season. IN the same game, tight end Manasseh Garner also suffered a season-ending ACL injury. In Guice’s absence, the Redskins signed future Hall of Famer, Adrian Peterson, to a one-year contract.

Additionally, Rob Kelley is expected to be the next man up as running back. A 2016 undrafted free agent, Kelley has 898 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards through 22 career games with the Redskins. Others expected to compete for playing time at the position include Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine, and Byron Marshall. Guice, meanwhile, is expected to fully recover in time for the start of the 2019 season.

The author, Brig Gen (retired) Carl Buhler leverages his 30 years of military experience and serves as the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC, a logistics, production and aircraft maintenance consulting company in Richmond, Virginia. Away from his professional pursuits, Carl Buhler is a passionate fan of the Washington Redskins.