Many owners fear the dreaded "annual inspection" of their aircraft. The reasons vary widely as to why but usually it comes down to what is needed for this aircraft to be kept airworthy both in costs and in time.
Owners should not feel this way at all. Read this article By Mike Busch
The FARs in Part 91 Section 91.409 list what is required.
(Read the text of 91.409
The part that confuses owners and worries them is the first part of this FAR.
(a) Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this section, no person may operate an aircraft unless, within the preceding 12 calendar months, it has had--
(1) An annual inspection in accordance with part 43 of this chapter and has been approved for return to service by a person authorized by Sec. 43.7 of this chapter; or
(2) An inspection for the issuance of an airworthiness certificate in accordance with part 21 of this chapter.
No inspection performed under paragraph (b) of this section may be substituted for any inspection required by this paragraph unless it is performed by a person authorized to perform annual inspections and is entered as an "annual" inspection in the required maintenance records.
What is important to note is that the annual inspection DOES NOT REQUIRE any repairs! The inspection (An annual inspection in accordance with part 43 of this chapter) only states the aircraft is in an airworthy or non-airworthy condition. The second half (and has been approved for return to service by a person authorized by Sec. 43.7 of this chapter;) may indeed require repairs. If non-airworthy items are found the owner has options. He can have repairs done by the company inspecting the aircraft, he can make repairs that are allowed under the FARs, he can have repairs made by any A&P using a list of those required repairs.
At CAM we don't want anyone to fear the annual. We inspect, you decide what you want done with your aircraft. You will not be trapped nor will your aircraft be held hostage. We are always ready and willing to accomplish the repairs needed should that be your desire.
Remember Mike Busch's words "It's important for owners to understand the two-phase nature of the inspection/repair process and recognize that the repair phase is the owner's responsibility, not the IA's. If you understand where the IA's responsibility ends and yours begins, then you won't feel powerless when you and your IA don't see eye-to-eye. It's your airplane, and you do have options."
Call us today to schedule your aircrafts inspection and don't forget we will be happy to do the repairs necessary.
Created on 12/02/2005 04:26 PM by cliffm
Updated on 12/07/2005 07:50 PM by tligon