The code - Part II

In my preceding article, entitled: The Code: Part I, for this venerable publication, I went over the Code of Federal Regulations


This sounds like a wild bureaucratic numskull notion, but legally a MEL is considered an STC (major alteration) as are the inoperative equipment the pilot signed off under 91.213(d). If you do not perform or record that you inspected the "major alteration" to the aircraft's type design, you could be in violation of section 91.213 and 43.11 inspections.

Part 91 Subpart E is where we find the requirements for inspections such as annuals, 100-hour, progressive, and the inspections for large and turbine aircraft under 91.409(e)(f).

It is also the Subpart in which we find the technician's favorite rule. Section 91.403(a) is the rule that the FAA puts the primary responsibility for maintaining the aircraft in an airworthy condition right on the owner or operator.

Take time to review these inspections as all A&P technicians should gain a good working knowledge of the types of inspections in Part 91.

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