I couldn't agree more. Perfoming routine maintenance gives you an "opportunity" to inspect the entire area. A simple thing like cleaning your aircraft after each flight is a good example of using a routine item as an opportunity to inspect the exterior of the airframe.
Even a simple thing like putting air in the tires, many folks would prefer to drill a big hole in their wheel pants so they don't have to remove the front half of the pant (which takes all of 5 minutes) to air up the tires. Taking off the front wheel pant gives you an opportunity to inspect the tires (very important item), brakes, brackets, check for hyd leaks, etc..
Changing the oil means removing cowling and inspecting FWF, if you are too lazy to do this, then hire someone to do it for you.
Building an airplane is a lot of work... so is keeping it properly maintained.
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