Aircraft Maintenance Technology - 66

SHOP TALK

Maintenance Records, or
Lack There Of
Everything about my airplane is right here in this box of stuff.

By Ron Donner,
Aviation Consultant

66

OCTOBER 2020	

I have always been drawn to vintage aircraft, old
classic homebuilts and other unique or old flying
machines. I have owned a few over the years and
have flown and worked on many more. Those of you
who maintain small vintage general aviation aircraft
know that most have seen numerous repairs and/or
alterations in the form of equipment upgrades, engine
changes, fabric recovering, metal tubing and sheetmetal repairs to name a few.
Having re-engaged with some maintenance and
restoration on a few of these cool old birds, I've found
myself spending considerable time reviewing decades
of logbook maintenance entries and searching for a
Form 337 for an old Major Alteration in a box full of
miscellaneous paperwork provided by the owner, most
having nothing to do with maintenance. OK...OK...
take a deep breath.

Working in the airline industry for a large part of my
career, I was accustomed to maintenance records that
document, well, everything on everything! During my
nearly 20 years in airline quality assurance, I would
regularly review, check, audit and sample maintenance
records to ensure they contained all the required
information. In my role as previous editor of Aircraft
Maintenance & Technology, following procedures and
understanding regulatory requirements was inherent
in articles and Inspection Authorization (IA) training
programs.
I was recently presented with a missing documentation situation and concluded there were three things
that could be done. 1) Ignore it, which is not really the
right thing to do. 2) Make my own maintenance entry
stating something about a previously installed unit or
accomplished action, which may be okay in some cases
and at least there would be some documentation of the
action. 3) After a thorough inspection to ensure the
action was done in accordance with applicable data,
complete and submit the required Form 337 on this
previously accomplished Major Alteration. This as you
know requires additional time and work - maybe a
lot - on the part of the IA or shop.
It also provides correct documentation, approval
and a more complete maintenance record for the aircraft owner and the next mechanic, IA or shop. A good
working relationship with the local Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) can be extremely helpful at
times like this. If in doubt, ask the FAA what the right
thing to do is. After all, you are attempting to make
something right for the owner where some previous
mechanic or owner did not.
I would like to add, when reviewing airplane records
from more recent years, it's clear maintenance documentation is better these days than decades ago. I'll
attribute this to the good efforts by you the mechanic,
FAA inspectors, FAASTeam programs, Part 147 schools
and industry best practices, which in-turn, has raised
the overall quality of aircraft records on the cool old
birds from what it was in the past.
Keep 'em flying safely, Ron.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Aircraft Maintenance Technology

Editor's Takeoff: The Young and the Restless
Industry Inspection
40 Under 40, Who Made the Cut?
Keeping Sharp on Blade Maintenance
Protect Others, Protect Yourself
Nimble at 65
Flightdocs' Journey Lands at ATP
How to Address Systemic Safety and Quality Issues
Professionalism: Owning Your Impact
ARSA: Maintenance Professionals Share Career Stories
Advertiser's Index
Shop Talk: Maintenance Records, or Lack There Of
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