Red Tape

My father was a big man, straight from the old sod. He was a lot smarter than I and a card-carrying survivor of the depression years.

Answer: No! The FAA inspector only "approved" the submitted acceptable data for making the major alteration when signing Block 3 of the Form 337! The instructions for continued airworthiness should not be considered an integral part of the field approval, even though these instructions are identified on Block 8 on the Form 337. These instructions for continued airworthiness are for use after the major alteration is installed, and like all maintenance information, the instructions for continued airworthiness should be considered "acceptable data" only (ref: section 43.13), just like Beech, Piper, Cessna, Boeing, Airbus, etc., maintenance manuals. The only way these instructions can be "approved" is if the instructions become part of an inspection or maintenance program approved under operations specifications.

Now if you could pardon me, I have many other un-solvable problems that require my narrow and focused attention. But as a personal favor, if you need further clarification on this latest bit of red tape, you can contact me directly at 202 267-3796 or FAX 202 267-5115.

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