The code - Part I

Early on in my aviation career, as a young mechanic with hair, I kept hearing about and just as quickly forgot about, the code.

Now, one of the obscure things found in this rule is the definition of "newly overhauled." The term "newly overhauled" is used to describe a product that has not been operated or placed in service (except for testing), since having been overhauled, inspected, and approved for return to service in accordance with the applicable FAR.

The paperwork required for a Class I product is called an Export Certificate of Airworthiness, FAA form 8130-4. You must make application for the certificate at the local FSDO. The export certificate does not authorize the operation of the aircraft, it only states that the aircraft meets its type design and is in an airworthy condition.

Section 21.329 requires that used aircraft being exported must have an annual type inspection completed no less than 30 days before the date of application is made for the Export C of A.

Used engines and propellers being exported must be "newly overhauled." In addition, the importing state may have additional requirements that the exporter must meet. See the local FSDO for additional requirements of other countries.

For Class II and Class III products, Section 21.231 and 21.333 both say that the Export C of A for both classes is in the form of an 8130-3 tag. The tag identifies the part by manfacturer, make, model, or serial number. The tag declares the part is new or newly overhauled and that the part is in an airworthy condition. The tag also will show that the part meets the special requirements of the importing country. However, Section 21.331 allows the exporter some wiggle room by stating that the product does not have to meet all the requirements of the rule if the importing country gives its OK.

In closing, I offer my apology to those who for the last 8 minutes or so had to wade through this ton of information to glean some useful dollop of wisdom that someday might prove helpful on the hangar floor.

I tried to be witty in explaining the regulations, but only got half way to my goal. But, in my defense, trying to make the regulations easy to understand is in itself, a contradiction. But I am Irish, so I must try harder the second time around.

So, steel yourselves for some more bureaucratic insights with all the clarity of an astrologer's predictions. I give you fair warning. As you read this, The Code: Part II has already been mailed to the editor.

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