Standard Aircraft Handbook for Mechanics and Technicians
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Standard Aircraft Handbook for Mechanics and Technicians

Standard Aircraft Handbook for Mechanics and Technicians by Larry Reithmaier and Ronald Sterkenburg | PDF Free Download.

Author of Standard Aircraft Handbook for Mechanics and Technicians

Larry Reithmaier, a retired aerospace engineer, helped design and develop jet fighter and bomber aircraft and NASA spacecraft. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and holds the following FAA certificates: Commercial/Instrument Pilot, Flight/Ground Instructor, and Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic.

The author of several technical books on aviation, Mr. Reithmaier has also written the Aviation and Space Dictionary, Mach I and Beyond, the Private Pilot’s Guide, and the Instrument Pilot’s Guide.

Ronald Sterkenburg started teaching at Purdue University in 1999 after a 20- year career in the U.S. Navy. He is the author or co-author of 10 books and more than 60 articles in national and international journals and conference proceedings.

The focus of Dr. Sterkenburg’s research is the repair of metallic and composite aircraft structures. He is a certified Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic, holds an Inspection Authorization (IA), and is a Designated Mechanic Examiner (DME).

Standard Aircraft Contents

  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Chapter 2. Tools and How to Use Them
  • Chapter 3. Materials and Fabricating
  • Chapter 4. Drilling and Countersinking
  • Chapter 5. Riveting
  • Chapter 6. Bolts and Threaded Fasteners
  • Chapter 7. Aircraft Plumbing
  • Chapter 8. Control Cables
  • Chapter 9. Electrical Wiring and Installation
  • Chapter 10. Aircraft Drawings
  • Chapter 11. Nondestructive Testing (NDT) or Nondestructive Inspection (NDI)
  • Chapter 12. Corrosion Detection and Control
  • Chapter 13. Composites
  • Chapter 14. Standard Parts

Preface to Standard Aircraft Handbook for Mechanics and Technicians

The Standard Aircraft Handbook for Mechanics and Technicians is presented in shop terms for the mechanics and technicians engaged in building, maintaining, overhauling, and repairing metal and composite aircraft.

It is also useful for the student mechanic, who must acquire the basic mechanical skills fundamental to every technical specialty.

This handbook is a relatively complete guide to all basic shop practices, such as the use of basic tools, drilling, riveting, sheet-metal forming, use of threaded fasteners, and installation of plumbing, cables, and electrical wiring.

Chapters on nondestructive testing (NDT) and corrosion detection and control provide a guide to advanced technology inspection and detection equipment, techniques, and procedures.

For the Seventh Edition, the editors updated all existing chapters with new relevant information and figures to reflect current technologies, hardware, and materials used for aircraft maintenance.

A new chapter was added to the handbook to provide information about composite materials such as carbon fiber used in modern aircraft models.

The information presented in this handbook was obtained from techniques and procedures developed by various aircraft and equipment manufacturers and is in general compliance with manufacturing specifications.

This handbook is not intended to replace, substitute for, or supersede any FAA regulations, shop, and quality-control standards of an aircraft manufacturer, repair station, or manufacturer’s maintenance manual. 

Extensive use was made of data, information, illustrations, and photographs supplied by Lockheed Corporation Rockwell International,

NAAO Federal Aviation Administration Hi-Shear Corporation Snap-On Tools L.S. Starrett The Aluminum Association U.S. Industrial Tool Supply Lufkin Rule Townsend Textron (Boots, Cherry fasteners) Aeroquip Centurion NDT Inc. PRI Research and Development Corp.

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