Standard Aircraft Handbook for Mechanics and Technicians Seventh Edition by Larry Reithmaier and Ronald Sterkenburg

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Standard Aircraft Handbook for Mechanics and Technicians Seventh Edition by Larry Reithmaier and Ronald Sterkenburg

Standard Aircraft Handbook for Mechanics and Technicians Seventh Edition by Larry Reithmaier and Ronald Sterkenburg is available for free download in PDF format


For more than 60 years, the Standard Aircraft Handbook for Mechanics and Technicians has been the trusted resource for building, maintaining, overhauling, and repairing aircraft. This illustrated guide provides clear, step-by-step procedures for all essential aircraft tasks.

The Seventh Edition has been thoroughly revised to cover the latest advances in the industry, including composite materials, cutting-edge nondestructive testing, and detection equipment and procedures. New photos, diagrams, tables, and schematics are featured throughout this must-have reference.

Coverage includes:

  • Tools and their proper use
  • Materials and fabricating
  • Drilling and countersinking
  • Riveting
  • Bolts and threaded fasteners
  • Aircraft plumbing
  • Control cables Electrical wiring and installation
  • Aircraft drawings
  • Nondestructive testing (NDT)
  • Corrosion detection and control
  • Composite materials

Expanded Table of Contents

  2. Preface
  3. Acknowledgements


  • Fuselage Structure
  • Location Numbering Systems
  • Wing Structure
  • Empennage or Tail Assembly


Tools and How to Use Them

  • Safety Considerations
  • General-Purpose Hand Tools
  • Metal-Cutting Tools
  • Layout and Measuring Tools
  • Taps and Dies
  • Shop Equipment

Materials and Fabricating

  • Aluminium and Aluminum Alloys
  • Characteristics of Aluminum Alloys
  • Handling Aluminum
  • Forming Aluminum Alloys
  • Blanking
  • Bending
  • Press-Brake Forming
  • Stretch Forming
  • Hydro Press Forming
  • Roll Forming
  • Flexible-Die Forming
  • Machining
  • Drilling
  • Turret Lathes and Screw Machines
  • Milling
  • Routing
  • Forging
  • Casting
  • Chemical Milling
  • Making Straight-Line Bends
  • Making Layouts
  • Magnesium and Magnesium Alloys
  • Titanium and Titanium Alloys
  • Working with Titanium
  • Milling
  • Tapping
  • Ferrous Aircraft Metals

Drilling and Countersinking

  • Rivet Hole Preparation
  • Drilling Operations
  • Countersinking
  • Shaving Flush Head Fasteners
  • Reamers


  • Solid-Shank Rivets
  • Riveting Practice
  • Hand Riveting
  • Rivet Squeezers
  • Rivet Removal
  • NACA Method of Double Flush Riveting
  • Blind Rivets
  • Sheet-Metal Repair
  • Flush Patch

Bolts and Threaded Fasteners

  • Aircraft Bolts
  • Close-Tolerance Bolts
  • Classification of Threads
  • Aircraft Nuts
  • Aircraft Washers
  • Installation of Nuts and Bolts
  • Cotter Pin Safetying
  • Installation: Bolts, Washers, Nuts, and Cotter Pins
  • Miscellaneous Threaded Fasteners
  • Dzus Fasteners
  • Camloc Fasteners
  • Hi-Lok, Hi-Tigue, and Hi-Lite Fasteners
  • Installation of Hi-Lok, Hi-Tigue, and Hi-Lite Fasteners
  • Lockbolt Fastening Systems
  • Blind Bolts

Aircraft Plumbing

  • Fluid Lines
  • Flexible Hose
  • Plumbing Connections
  • Installing Rigid Tubing

Control Cables

  • Cable Assembly
  • Turnbuckles
  • Cable Tension Adjustment

Electrical Wiring and Installation

  • Material Selection
  • Terminals
  • Wire Groups and Bundles
  • Bonding and Grounding
  • AN/MS Connectors
  • Electrical Components

Aircraft Drawings

  • Orthographic Projection
  • Working Drawings
  • Title Block
  • Bill of Material
  • Other Data
  • Sectional Views
  • The Lines on a Drawing
  • Rivet Symbols Used on Drawings (Blueprints)

Nondestructive Testing (NDT) or Nondestructive Inspection (NDI)

  • Visual Inspection
  • NDT Beyond Visual Inspection

Corrosion Detection and Control

  • Types of Corrosion
  • Direct Chemical Attack
  • Electrochemical Attack
  • Forms of Corrosion
  • Effects of Corrosion
  • Corrosion Control
  • Inspection Requirements
  • Corrosion Prevention
  • Corrosion-Prone Areas
  • Corrosion-Removal Techniques
  • Surface Damage by Corrosion


  • Introduction
  • Definition of Composite Materials
  • Major Components of a Laminate
  • Types of Fiber
  • Fibre Forms
  • Resin Systems
  • Dry Fiber and Prepreg
  • Adhesives
  • Honeycomb Sandwich Structures
  • Laminate Structures
  • Damage and Defects
  • Vacuum Bagging Techniques
  • Curing and Curing Equipment
  • Types of Layups for Repair
  • Repairs of Honeycomb and Laminate Structures
  • Speciality Fasteners Used for Composite Structures
  • Fastener Materials
  • Drilling
  • Countersinking

Standard Parts

  • Standard Parts Identification
  • Standard Parts Illustrations
  • Additional Standard Parts (Patented)


  • Tap Drill Sizes—American (National) Screw-Thread Series
  • Wire and Sheet Metal Gage Table
  • Ultimate and Shear Strength of Typical Aluminum Alloys
  • Chemical Flashpoints for Various Liquids Used in the Aircraft Industry




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