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Springtime Aircraft Preparation

by Sean Barr

Flying is more than a hobby or career — it’s a lifestyle. And when spring comes around, it’s the perfect time to prep your Cirrus for warm weather flying. At Sweet Aviation, we want to make sure your aircraft is ready for flight and looking its best. Follow these quick tips for your routine annual maintenance and stay safe, legal, and worry-free all season long.

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  • If you’re not using a multigrade oil, it’s time to switch to a summer-weight oil. We can help you find the perfect oil for your aircraft for warm weather flying.
  • SR22T owners — consider having your turbochargers adjusted for warmer weather. Call our maintenance professionals to get started.
  • Did you use your TKS several times this winter? Consider a thorough exterior detail to remove the gray/white residue TKS can leave behind on textured stripes. Our detailing professionals use the finest products on the market for a completely polished look.
  • Remember to exercise your TKS systems for one minute every month to keep the internal membranes from drying out over the summer. We recommend doing it in flight to avoid a mess on the hangar floor or airport tarmac.
  • If you’re like us, getting into a cold airplane during the winter was an unwelcome shock. You might consider upgrading your Tanis engine heater with an Avionics/Cabin heater which we have done in many of our aircraft. The upgrade is easier on your avionics, and we enjoy the enhanced level of comfort during the winter. It’s a relatively simple upgrade — give us a call to schedule an appointment.

Sweet Aviation provides an abundance of services as part of aircraft management and will tailor an aircraft management package specific to your needs. Available services include annual inspections, aircraft detailing, maintenance record keeping, and more. Give us a call at (260) 267-5505, and we would be happy to craft a maintenance plan for your Cirrus.

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Sean Barr

Director of Maintenance & Certified Aircraft Mechanic

Sean is originally from the Detroit, Michigan, area. After graduating with honors from the US Air Force Academy with a BS in political science and a German language minor, he went on to serve 11 years on active duty as an Air Force special operations pilot. During that time, he logged over 2,100 hours of flight time, including over 1,000 hours of combat time over Iraq and Afghanistan. He flew C-130, AC-130, and PC-12 aircraft and earned a Bronze Star and 11 Air Medals. He later earned an MA in theological studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and spent two years pastoring a small church in Lynchburg, Virginia, while attending A&P school. After graduating first in his class from Liberty University’s aviation maintenance technician program, he earned A&P inspector authorization through self-study. Sean is married with four daughters, and in addition to his flight and theological interests, he also enjoys traveling, camping, hunting, and time with his family.