|The FAA A&P Handbooks are the original
references for preparation for FAA certification as an A&P
Mechanic(USA), or as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer(Canada/UK).
Although the AC65 series books have been around for many
years, they still contain the core of the FAA-approved basics of
aircraft repair technology. The AC43.13-1B & 2A text
is a 1999 update of the original AC43.13 1A & 2A
release. The four books in the complete FAA series are:
The fourth book of the the series, AC43.13B Aircraft Inspection, Repairs and Alterations (This book) is an up-to-date reference on methods of repair for all mechanics and homebuilders. Within its 800 pages are all the usual metal, wood, fabric, and plastics acceptbale practices & methods of modern aircraft repair and fabrication. This is a required shop reference for all A&Ps, AMEs, and homebuilders.
This manual contains complete field standards (how-to-do-it) for all FAA-approved fabrication and repair techniques including welding, sheet metal, hydraulics, wood, fabric, electrics, patching, cabling, splicing. and so on.
The latest revision is the "1B" edition, issued by the FAA in 1999. The up-to-date configuration is Part 1B, Change 1 (2002), plus Part 2A, Change 3 (1989). Included in this text is a complete section on non-destructive inspection, and corrosion inspection/repair. Other AC's included are AC43.131B, AC 43.132A.