This is aimed at all of the aircraft owners out there that have to present their aircraft for an annual inspection.
It doesn't matter if you are a current IA and do the inspection yourself or if you have to hire it done (I do my own).
The problem is the same for everyone.
It is paperwork, or documentation as I like to call it.
Lets keep in mind that when the FAA representative tries to determine if the (your) aircraft is legal he starts with and pretty much ends with paperowork.
Each part or component on your aircraft must have documentation supporting its airworthiness. That includes the aircraft itself.
This documentation must be collected in some sort of organized manner that makes it possible (not necessarily easy) for the IA to review each year to determine the aircrafts airworthiness before he can sign off an annual inspection.
What drives the IA crazy is when the owner just dumps off a collection of paperwork and leaves it to the IA to sort it out.
The IA has to charge for his time and this process keeps him from what he really wants to do which is look at the aircraft.
Of course the owner hates to pay for the extra time and doesn't like the delay that results om getting his annual done and the aircraft back in service.
I have created a free web site (www.belandaviation.com
) to try and guide the owner through the process of putting his aircrafts documentation in order. This is very time consuming but will save the owner time and of course, money in the long run.
It also increases the resale value of the aircraft because documentation is the foundation for airworthiness and airworthiness is the foundation of market value.
I will add to this blog in the future to help guide the owner through this paperwork process and answer any questions that might come up.
Thanks for your time and see you soon.