H O F T E C
That’s what it is, folks, an inspection. For what that means the dictionary tells us it is an examination, a scrutiny. It is NOT a repair of anything. That comes after the inspection, the long list the mechanic will present to the owner upon completion of the inspection. Tremble time for an owner.
What are the AME’s requirements to carry out an inspection?
- The condition of the whole aircraft. The equipment list. The log books. Time limited parts and procedures.
- Airworthiness Directives.
- Inspect how? Visual. Non destructive Testing. By removal.
- Inspect according to what standard? AC 43.13. The manufacturer’s limits. Other approved procedures.
- Report how? Verbally, on a work order and in the log book.
- Attest to the condition of the aircraft where and how? In the log book by a statement saying that the AME has followed standardized procedures.
What is the role of the owner?
- Must hold an active licence suitable to the type of aircraft being inspected.
- The AME must have all appropriate and up-to-date manuals for the aircraft and its equipment.
- The AME must have the appropriate tools.
Tasks of the AME
- Have the inspection done once a year.
- Choose the appropriate and qualified mechanic.
- Must decide on the necessary repairs to be carried out.
- First approve any repairs suggested by the AME.
- Assure himself that repairs are properly executed.
- Supply the AME only with approved and documented parts to install.
- Pay the costs.
What does the owner in fact pay the AME for?
- Carry out repairs authorized by the owner.
- Use only approved parts with tags to attach to the records.
- Use acceptable techniques.
- Record all parts used and the repairs accomplished.
- Complete all the items indicated on the approved Checklist.
- List work still required to be done.
- Attest that all standards for airworthiness have been applied.
So figure it out. Is the fee you are paying for the annual inspection a fair deal?
- The professional’s time and knowledge.
- The AME’s training – update and recurrent, as required by the CARs.
- The on-going administration of the AME’s manuals, directives, bulletins etc.
- The annual updating cost of his required manuals – easily a few hundred dollars a year.
- The facilities used.
- Calibration/replacement of tools – an annual cost.
- Sundry Parts used – from greases to safety wires to nuts and bolts.
- Insurance – about $3000/year.
- The time spent doing the inspection and paperwork.
- The liability assumed by the AME.
- Owner’s and his grandchildren’s peace of mind.