Annual Inspections

Annual Inspections A few helpful hints By Joe Escobar March 2001 You have recently received your FAA Inspector Authorization. If the FAA inspector that signed your certificate was anything like mine was, he probably gave you a short...

Make those logbook entries
Once you complete the inspection, you need to make the logbook entry. The entry should include the date of the inspection and the aircraft total time in service. Also, total cycles is not a bad idea to include if available. If the aircraft is found to be airworthy and approved for return to service, you should record the following or similarly worded statement: "I certify that this aircraft has been inspected in accordance with an annual inspection and was determined to be in airworthy condition." This should be followed by your signature, printed name for legibility, certificate number, and kind of certificate held.
If the aircraft is not approved for return to service because of needed maintenance, non-compliance with applicable specifications, AD’s, or other approved data, the following or similarly worded statement should be included: "I certify that this aircraft has ben inspected in accordance with an annual inspection and a list of discrepancies and unairworthy items dated (date) has been provided for the aircraft owner or operator."
Make sure that entries are made in all appropriate logbooks including the propeller, engine, and airframe. Also, record compliance of any AD’s in the AD summary sheet.
The ball is now in the owner’s or operator’s court as to the correction of defects noted. By making your logbook entries, you allow him to schedule repair of any defects noted. Always make the logbook entries as neat as possible. Neat entries are professional looking, and always make a lasting impression. Sloppy or unreadable entries also make lasting impressions, although they are not the type that you want. to make.
These tips on annual inspections can give a good starting point for those who have recently received their IA. Always ensure that you are clear on any regulations. An FAA Regional Safety Program Manager recently told me that the majority of violations he encounters are not intentional negligence on the part of the mechanic, but errors based on lack of knowledge. If in doubt, ask a question. You can always call your local FSDO with any questions you have. Although it may seem intimidating, they are usually more than happy to help. This communication can also help develop a good working relationship with your FSDO — something that is essential in any successful aircraft maintenance endeavor.

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