Aviation Maintenance Technician

Airframe Handbook - Volume 1

CHAPTER 01. Aircraft Structures
CHAPTER 02. Aerodynamics, Aircraft Assembly, and Rigging
CHAPTER 03. Aircraft Fabric Covering
CHAPTER 04. Aircraft Metal Structural Repair
CHAPTER 05. Aircraft Welding
CHAPTER 06. Aircraft Wood and Structural Repair
CHAPTER 07. Advanced Composite Materials
CHAPTER 08. Aircraft Painting and Finishing
CHAPTER 09. Aircraft Electrical System

This handbook is for persons preparing for a mechanics certificate with an airframe rating. It is intended that this handbook will provide basic information on principles, fundamentals and technical procedures in the subject matter areas relating to the airframe rating. It is designed to aid students enrolled in a formal course of instruction as well as the individual who is studying on his own.

Since the knowledge requirements for the airframe and powerplant ratings closely parallel each other in some subject areas, the chapters which discuss fire protection systems and electrical systems contain some material which is also duplicated in the powerplant handbook.

This volume contains information on airframe construction features, assembly and rigging, fabric covering, structural repairs, and aircraft welding. The handbook also contains an explanation of the units which make up the various airframe systems.

Because there are so many different types of aircraft in use today, it is reasonable to expect that differences exist in airframe components and systems. To avoid undue repetition, the practice of using representative systems and units is carried out throughout the handbook. Subject matter treatment is from a generalized point of view, and should be supplemented by reference to manufacturers' manuals or other textbooks if more detail is desired. This handbook is not intended to replace, substitute for, or supersede official regulations or the manufacturers' instructions, which should be consulted for final authority.

This handbook was published by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, and has been converted to an online document by Aviation Safety Bureau.

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