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have no part of that and told Sam there
was virtually no chance that the local
flight standards district office would be
willing to grant a ferry permit. (For one
thing, when you apply for a ferry permit,
the FSDO's first question is usually, " Are
all applicable ADs complied with? " )
In desperation, Sam called his
mechanic in Maryland, explained his
predicament, and asked if the mechanic
would be willing to fly to California all
expenses paid and help Sam obtain a
ferry permit. The Maryland mechanic
called the Bravo director of maintenance
to hear his side of the story, after which
the mechanic informed Sam that he didn't
think he'd be able to help.
Last I heard, Sam was looking into the
possibility of having the wings removed
from his Skylane, crating it, and trailering the airplane back home. That would
be an unhappy ending for sure, but it
might be Sam's best option under the
circumstances.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

This was a horrible outcome, and there's
a lot of blame to go around. It seems to
me that Sam's Maryland mechanic set the
wheels in motion by performing one-eyeclosed annual inspections and enabling
Sam to defer so much important corrective maintenance. You can get away with
that sort of thing for a while, but eventually it always catches up with you.
It's hard to fathom what possessed
Sam to have his annual inspection done
by a shop he'd never used before located
3,000 miles from his home base and without doing sufficient due diligence to learn
that the shop was on the brink of going out
of business. Bad idea! By doing that, Sam
really painted himself into a corner.
I think that Bravo's director of
maintenance acted unreasonably and
unprofessionally when he gave Sam
an all-or-nothing ultimatum. After all,
Bravo was not being asked to perform
an annual inspection on Sam's airplane-
that had already been done by Alpha-and
was not being asked to take responsibility for the aircraft's airworthiness; that
was strictly Sam's responsibility. In fact,
I called Bravo's director of maintenance
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Last I heard, Sam
was looking
into the possibility
of having the wings
removed from his
Skylane, crating it,
and trailering the
airplane back home.
and told him as much. I suggested that the
appropriate thing for Bravo to do would
be to make the repairs that Sam requested
(and only those), make and sign a logbook
entry memorializing the work that Bravo
did (with no mention of any work Bravo
didn't do), and then give Sam a letter formally notifying him of the discrepancies
on Alpha's discrepancy list that Bravo had
not resolved and ask Sam to countersign
a copy of the letter for Bravo to keep in
its files.
Sam didn't exactly endear himself to
either Alpha or Bravo when he repeatedly
questioned their professional judgment as
to which discrepancies were airworthiness items and which could be prudently
deferred. It is perfectly appropriate for
an aircraft owner to question an IA's discrepancy list and to attempt to negotiate
a compromise-we do this all the time-
but this is something that needs to be done
with diplomacy, sensitivity, and a light
touch. Get too aggressive or confrontational and you run the risk that the shop
no longer wants to deal with you or work
on your airplane.
That's what happened to Sam. Don't
let it happen to you.
AOPA
MIKE BUSCH is an A&P/IA.
EMAIL mike.busch@savvyaviation.com

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