If you're flying behind an IO-470 engine
variant with a rear mounted alternator, you take comfort in the fact that your
pee-wee big bore Continental (an oxymoron for sure) engine does not have that
front mounted coupled alternator which on occasion has been known to trash a
motor after ingesting pieces of the geared coupling
You can also take comfort in the fact that a
new belt for your IO-470 can be had for about $3-$5 at AutoZone, NAPA and other
national parts retailers! Below are some part numbers that worked for me.
Now, some of you may be asking that age old question - what about the paperwork?
Essentially, in a nutshell, your A&P/IA has been given the authority by the FAA
to approve for service any part he/she feels is airworthy. Whether this be a
"serviceable" gear motor, flap motor, fastener, etc. They have the authority to
make that call. Now, as to whether your mechanic will choose to EXERCISE that
authority is another matter entirely.
I have always believed that aircraft mechanics should be chosen as you would
choose a doctor, lawyer, accountant or any other professional in whom you place
great trust with your affairs. You, the owner/PIC, are the final authority as to
the airworthiness of your aircraft.
It doesn't have to cost a lot to properly care for and maintain your Beechcraft!