Did I Make the Proper Record Entries for the Work Performed?
The record keeping entry requirements are found in section 43.9. Don't forget to identify the data used and part or serial number of the parts you replaced. You do not have to declare in writing in the aircraft records that the new tank installation is airworthy and approved for return to service — your signature and certificate number make that statement for you.
Did I Perform the Operational Checks After the Work Was Completed?
Again, take the time to follow all of the manufacturer's instructions and this becomes an easy Yes answer.
Am I Willing to Sign On the Bottom Line for the Work Performed?
On the bottom line of the maintenance record, we should autograph only excellence and rework anything less.
Am I Willing to Fly in the Aircraft Once It Is Approved for Return to Service?
This is the single, defining question that defines and consolidates the previous 19 checklist questions. This is the question that defines where we live. If a mechanic will not fly his or her work, then they are in the wrong career field. If they do not have confidence in their work, then their career has become a hollow endeavor and we are better off without them.
Now, if I sold you on this personal checklist idea, ask the Safety Program Manager at the local FSDO for your own. If the local FSDO is out of them, not to worry, I just ordered 30,000, and if they have not arrived yet at your FSDO, they will be there shortly. I also ordered 1,000 Personal Minimums Checklist videos, targeted at management.
The FAA's safety program goal is to have a well-thumbed checklist for every toolbox big or small and a blown-up version of the checklist hanging in every hangar. It will take us a couple of years to get everyone to start using the Universal Tool, but we can pull it off with your help and cooperation
In Part 2 of my tome on field approvals, we will cover current field approval policy found in Change 16 to FAA Order 8300.10.
AMT contributor Bill O'Brien gets the message out on ICA.
The power behind the certificate
I have been told that getting an FAA field approval is a lot like getting an elephant pregnant.