• Manifesto: A Revolutionary Approach to General Aviation Maintenance

  • By: Mike Busch A&P/IA
  • Narrated by: Michael D. Busch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (166 ratings)

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Manifesto: A Revolutionary Approach to General Aviation Maintenance

By: Mike Busch A&P/IA
Narrated by: Michael D. Busch
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Publisher's Summary

There’s a dirty little secret about aviation maintenance: It often breaks aircraft instead of fixing them.

Manifesto is the much-anticipated first audiobook from renowned aviation columnist and speaker Mike Busch. Written in typical no-nonsense style, it lays out the basis of Mike's “minimalist” maintenance philosophy for owner-flown general aviation aircraft. An owner who follows the audiobook's guidance can save a small fortune on maintenance costs and end up with a safer, more reliable aircraft.

Owners are advised to perform the absolute least amount of maintenance required to make their aircraft safe, reliable and legal...and nothing more. The audiobook explains in detail why engine and propeller TBOs and most other manufacturer-prescribed maintenance intervals should be disregarded. And Manifesto explains exactly how to do it.

About the author:

Mike Busch is arguably the best-known A&P/IA in general aviation. In 2008, he was honored by the FAA as “National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year”. Mike has been a prolific aviation writer for more than four decades. His “Savvy Aviator” columns have appeared in numerous publications including AOPA Pilot (where he writes the monthly "Savvy Maintenance" column), EAA Sport Aviation, AVweb, and magazines for the three largest GA type clubs (ABS, CPA, and COPA). He is renowned for his free monthly maintenance webinars and his standing-room-only forums at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Mike has been a pilot and aircraft owner for more than 50 years with 8,000+ hours logged, and he is a CFIA/I/ME. He’s founder and CEO of Savvy Aviation, Inc., the world’s largest firm providing maintenance-management services for owner-flown aircraft.

©2014 Michael D. Busch (P)2020 Michael D. Busch

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Great listen!

Being a A&P myself this a fantastic insight about the minimal Aviation Maintenance philosophy by Mike Busch.

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Mike is fascinating!

We just bought our first airplane, a Cirrus SR-22. I have been a professional pilot for almost 20 years and am a widebody jet captain at a major US airline…that said—I know what I DONT know, and having been away from GA flying as long as I had been, the idea of overseeing my own maintenance to ensure the safety of my family was something that was unnerving (to grossly understate my feelings in the most masculine way possible). That’s when I happened across a maintenance facility in Jackson, TN owned by Paul New (a fellow Southern IL University grad). My research on him and his shop was easy when I realized he did Ask The A&P podcast and AOPA articles with the author of this book! I can’t tell you how empowering it is to have guys (and gals) like Mike Busch, Paul New and Colleen Sterling to learn from. Mike will put you at ease with his minimalist approach. I have learned so much already and have a completely different view of my aircraft maintenance! Thanks for all you do and your ‘contrarian’ approach to keeping our airplanes safe, reliable, and affordable.

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Great book

Enjoyed the no nonsense approach to aircraft maintenance. Book was well written and an easy listen.

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a must read for anyone in the aviation industry

I truly enjoyed listening to this book, it is a must read / listen to by anyone interested in the aviation industry.

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Reinforces my own thoughts as an engineer

Reinforces my own thoughts as an engineer. The concept of "if it ain't broken - don't fix it!" does hold to a large extent. I.e. doing car wheel alignment - just because time has come - has once caused it to go OUT of alignment, and quite badly at that.
Likewise, after a valve adjustment on a motorcycle the mechanic forgot to tighten the oil filler cap - causing oil to spray around. Nothing bad but I was upset and worried to find my right shoe covered in oil after a ride.
Ditto goes for airplanes, their engines especially.
Given how an ICE wears out, it won't fail suddenly just from old are if it's running fine. It can get worn out from long use, AND it fail - for other reasons. In which case having NOT failed for a long times increases the odds of it NOT failing in the future, as well. Whereas a brand new engine has no such testament of time

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thought there was more

i was under the impression it would go into more detail of what I have already learned from his webinars.....bottomline go to the webinars instead....it's free! But i must admit I have learned quite a lot from Mike.

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Quick listen

A bit self promoting but having listened to Mike’s webinars and a user of his services I overall enjoyed the listen. Those familiar with his messaging won’t be surprised, but may learn from the root of his ideas.

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Excelente content

Having assisted with millions of dollars worth repair/ rebuild decisiones across several industries (including GA), along with extensive operator training. I would attest to the accuracy of the concepts Mike lays out.

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Repetitive

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Extremely informative

Thorough insight into private aircraft maintenance for GA owners/pilots. I look forward to listening to the other entries in his series.