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Is a mechanic or maintenance facility responsible for maintaining my aircraft in an airworthy condition?

Posted by FAA on 12.20.16 at 02:14 PM

 Nuts, Bolts, and Electrons: Airworthiness Directives— GA maintenance issues

 

What is the Process, and Why are they Important?

 

Is a mechanic or maintenance facility responsible for maintaining my aircraft in an airworthy condition? As a student pilot, I asked my flight instructor for the answer. He said, “No, your mechanic or maintenance facility is not responsible. You, as the owner or operator, are responsible for maintaining your aircraft in an airworthy condition, and that includes compliance with part 39, Airworthiness Directives.”

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bob.pasch on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 00:26

No, your mechanic or maintenance facility is NOT responsible for maintaining your aircraft in an airworthy condition, YOU, the owner/operator are! Your CFI is correct...

§91.403 General.

(a) The owner or operator of an aircraft is primarily responsible for maintaining that aircraft in an airworthy condition, including compliance with part 39 of this chapter.

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Stache Air (not verified) on Fri, 12/23/2016 - 13:14

The registered owner of an aircraft is responsible for certain items such as:

1. Having a current Airworthiness Certificate and Certificate of Aircraft Registration in the aircraft.
2. Maintaining the aircraft in an airworthy condition including compliance with all applicable Airworthiness Directives.
3. Assuring that maintenance is properly recorded.
4. Keeping abreast of current regulations concerning the operation and maintenance of the aircraft.
5. Notifying the FAA Civil Aviation Registry immediately of any change of permanent mailing address, or of the sale or export of the aircraft, or of the loss of U.S. citizenship.
6. Having a current FCC radios station license if equipped with radios, including emergency locator transmitter (ELT), if operated outside of the United States.
7. Most important the airworthiness of the aircraft.

NOTE: The above are all in Part 91 Operator rules and NOT maintenance rules in part 43 and Bob is totally correct with his statement.

However, us maintainer are responsible for the parts we install per part 43 section 43.9 to make a determination the parts are serviceable at the time they were installed, which our signature will attest to.

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