with the aircraft logs, I have hard copy manuals and pilot operating
handbooks for the 1965 Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche, S-Tec System 65
Autopilot, Northstar M1 LORAN, and Hartzell Q-Tip Propellers.
in my care, this aircraft has always been worked on by Comanche experts
and only those extremely famliar with the aircraft. Although just
about any A&P/IA can work on this plane and do a good job, those
little things that can lead to big trouble can only be spotted by
those famliar with the aircraft. If you don't know of a Comanche A&P/IA
in your area, I recommend joining the International Comanche Society
and getting a recommendation. The PA-30 is fairly simple and parts
for it are readily available. The maintenance is straight forward
and simple according to every A&P/IA with whom I've dealt.
are buying a plane which had the annual inspection done on June 21st, 2006 and is not due until June 2007. The previous annual went very well and the A&P/IA noted to
me that it was a "very clean" airplane and nothing serious
was found during the annual.
did have a cracked exhaust awhile ago, and decided not to repair
my exhaust as many other pilots recommended, but rather to replace
it with an overhauled exhaust. A broken exhaust can lead to an inflight
fire, so during the annual I had all my exhausts thoroughly inspected
and decided to replace any that were even marginal, with overhauled exhausts.
Exhaust last a very long time, so the investment I made will last
you for hundreds, if not thousands of hours to come. I still fly the
plane and it is impeccably maintained even while on sale.
gallery has photos from the annual done in 2004. Some of the more
serious work (1000hr Gear AD) during that annual was done by Bill
Turley's shop which is famous for Comanche work.
All applicable ADs are up to date and signed off.
1000hr GEAR AD
1000hr GEAR AD INVOICE *
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* Parts of this invoice have been electronically deleted for privacy reasons.
The PA-30 has a 1000 hour gear AD, which was completed at 4132hrs TTAF, so you will not have to worry about that AD for over 800 hundred hours.
When the AD was completed by the famous Comanche expert Bill Turley at Aircraft Engineering, Inc., not only was the inspection done, but every single part was replaced with new, which goes above and beyond what the AD calls for.
When the prebuy was done on this plane, my mechanic told me that since all the parts were replaced with new, the next time the AD comes up, it will only be an inspection and not require major work.
Be careful when buying a PA-30 that might be close to the AD, or may not even have the AD done as I found out on many PA-30s while I was searching for one.