The KBFS General Aviation Maintenance program is collocated with the Part 145 Avionics Installation and Repair Station at Temple Draughon-Miller Airport. The GA Maintenance shop has the capability to provide inspections, repairs, services and equipment installation for most General Aviation fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft, and a selected number of legacy and advanced military aircraft. The shop is staffed by a Chief Mechanic with more than 30 years of experience in aviation maintenance and by FAA fully certified Airframe and Power-plant (A&P) mechanics. All have completed aircraft maintenance qualification programs through training offered either by the US Military, Technical Schools, or other institutions of higher learning. All of our work is accomplished in accordance with our General Operating Manual.
Airframe, Engine, and Electrical Repairs: FAA mandated scheduled inspections of General Aviation aircraft constitute a major portion of KBFS’ maintenance operations. However, our shop also performs work on aircraft on Government flight support contracts. Most of this work falls into the category of unscheduled maintenance repairs for airframe, engine, and electrical malfunctions. The A & P maintenance technicians also support the Avionics section on work unrelated to actual avionics installations and repairs. Tasks include inspection, troubleshooting, analysis, and repairs for specific aircraft and aircraft systems malfunctions. We also perform scheduled weighing of aircraft to ensure valid numbers are posted to the weight and balance charts. Following repairs, the General Aviation Team is responsible for conducting a thorough Quality Control Inspection of all work with the Chief Mechanic and for completing ground and air functional checks in accordance with industry standards and checklists.
Airworthiness Directives: The KBFS General Aviation Maintenance Team does not prepare Airworthiness Certifications, but rather accomplishes inspections of aircraft and historical records to validate compliance with applicable Airworthiness Certifications and/or Directives. Following modifications and some complex repairs, aircraft must be inspected to ensure the airframe, mission equipment, and historical records reflect proper configuration and compliance with existing airworthiness certification and directives. Additionally, KBFS technicians execute airworthiness directives that are announced by the FAA or Original Equipment Manufacturer that may require grounding of the aircraft, timely inspections, or specific repairs.
Annual Inspections: Annual inspections of General Aviation aircraft constitute more than a third of the work accomplished in our maintenance facility. The FAA requires these inspections by an A & P licensed mechanic in order for the aircraft to remain flyable in FAA air structure. These inspections are detailed in our up to date maintenance manuals maintained on a digital database in Hangar 10 at Temple. The Chief Mechanic is responsible for coordinating the inspection with the aircraft owner, going over everything the annual inspection entails and citing any parts or equipment that must be removed and replaced. Chief Mechanic is responsible for the quality inspection of all work, records update and functional checks as required.
Sheet Metal and Composite Repair: KBFS has moderate capability in performing airframe sheet metal and composite repairs for General Aviation fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. We have all the tools and materials to repair and/or replace composite and sheet metal components that have been damaged or exceed wear tolerances or corrosion limits. We have experience in completing extensive repairs to compartments, wings, and even aircraft interiors damaged by cargo loads, etc.
Upgrades and Modifications: KBFS specialize in completing component and design upgrades to rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft. While the Part 145 Avionics department specializes in cockpit upgrades, the General Aviation Maintenance Section is versatile in working with the customer to plan and install upgrades or modifications to the fuselage, power-plant, propeller, landing gear/brakes, and auxiliary systems like deicing, etc. We also work with other local specialists in assisting with cabin makeovers for interior and for interior and exterior painting.