The American Bonanza Society has launched a new, free resource: The ABS Maintenance Academy Online video series. This four-video presentation covers topics from the live, 2-½-day hands-on ABS Maintenance Academy program for certificated mechanics.
ABS created the new online version because space is very limited at the live events, according to officials, who said it was vital to get type-specific maintenance information to aircraft mechanics around the world.
Attendance at the live hands-on live ABS Maintenance Academy is free to certificated mechanics and aircraft inspectors who own or are employed full-time by a facility that maintains a significant number of Beech piston airplanes.
The live ABS Maintenance Academy has graduated more than 200 mechanics since it began in 2012, with another 40 expected to graduate this year. Live Academy classes will continue to provide hands-on training to certificated mechanics.
Although the ABS Maintenance Academy Online videos cover items that must be performed or supervised by a certificated mechanic, pilots, aircraft owners and flight instructors are encouraged to view the program to learn more about Beech airplanes and to improve the quality of their preflight inspections, officials noted.
The professionally produced ABS Maintenance Academy Online program was written by and features ABS Senior Technical Advisor Bob Ripley, who also created and teaches ABS’ live Academy courses.
The new program is on the ABS Online Training Center at Bonanza.org, joining the Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program (BPPP) Beechcraft Systems, Procedures and Techniques course, the Beechcraft Pilot Skills Enhancement series, and the ABS Flight Instructor Academy. All are free to members of the American Bonanza Society.
Annual ABS membership is $65 and is open to all Beechcraft pilots, owners, maintainers, instructors and enthusiasts.