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SAM IS A PILOT, ENGINEER, and serial entrepreneur who lives near Washington, D.C.
About 10 years ago, he bought a 1966 Cessna
182J Skylane that is based and maintained
in nearby Maryland. It's been a pretty economical airplane to operate and maintain.
Sam's IA charges a flat rate of $1,200 for the
annual inspection, and Sam told me that
" I've never paid more than $3,300 for an
annual inspection plus repairs. "
About a year ago, Sam flew his airplane
to the West Coast on business. While there,
the Skylane's annual inspection came due.
Sam decided to take his airplane to a wellknown California shop-let's call it " Alpha
Aviation " -for the inspection. Because of
the airplane's benign maintenance history,
Sam didn't anticipate any big surprises.
Imagine his shock when Alpha Aviation
sent him an 11-page preliminary discrepancy list itemizing 63 discrepancies, 40 of
which were identified as " affecting airworthiness status. "

INSPECTION FINDINGS

Ten of the 40 airworthiness discrepancies
involved compliance with airworthiness
directives. Some of these were routine
recurrent inspections-seat tracks, ignition
switch, oil filter adapter, fuel filler caps,
flap actuator jackscrew-that would be
expected in any Cessna 182 annual inspection. Others, however, were one-time ADs
that should have been complied with years
or even decades ago, but for which the logbooks included no evidence of compliance.
(If an IA can't find evidence that an AD was
complied with, he or she has to assume that
it hasn't been completed.)
The paperwork issues were not confined to AD compliance. The airplane had
numerous STCed alterations for which no
Form 337s could be found. Alpha Aviation
ordered a CD-ROM from the FAA Records
Branch in Oklahoma City to learn whether
the Form 337s had ever been submitted
to the FAA.
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