Changing your own oil is a common practice in automobiles. But in an airplane, where mistakes can result in extreme consequences, we highly suggest that you consult with a certified mechanic and get some guidance and help with your first time through the process.
The purpose of this article is to help pilots who wish to perform owner maintenance with the task of changing their own oil. A secondary benefit to learning how to or becoming familiar with changing your own oil is that you can hold the people who work on your plane more accountable. And you will also understand more about the work that goes into keeping your plane flying the friendly skies.
Remember, there is never a downside to being more educated.
Jim Hoddenbach has channeled his dual passion for aviation and photography into two successful businesses and a lifetime of amazing memories. As an A&P IA Mechanic with 30 years of experience, Jim has provided decades of dependable, professional, and quality work through Aero Services to his fellow aviators at the Skypark Airport. Jim also founded Canyon Air Photo with fellow pilot and friend Steve Durtschi, providing their keen eye and amazing aerial photography skills for hire. Jim’s excellent photography is often on display along with his engaging articles. A Certified Flight Instructor, Multi Engine Instructor, fixed wing and rotorcraft pilot.
According to 14 CFR Part 43, Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Rebuilding, and Alteration, the holder of
a pilot certificate issued under 14 CFR Part 61 may perform specified preventive maintenance on any aircraft
owned or operated by that pilot, as long as the aircraft is not used under 14 CFR Part 121, 127, 129, or 135. This
pamphlet provides information on authorized preventive maintenance.