Q.What is an "Annual Inspection"?
A.An Annual Inspection is an inspection cycle that most private aircraft owners use to keep their aircraft airworthy.
Q.How is an Annual Inspection performed?
A.An Annual Inspection is typically performed in accordance with the Canadian Air Regulations (CAR's) 625 Appendix B & C. Appendix B covers a general list of inspection items and Appendix C covers out of phase tasks. You can view these online at the following links:
Q.What are "Out of Phase Tasks"?
A.Some examples of Out of Phase Tasks are:
Q.Is there anything else that needs to be done with my Annual Inspection?
A.Aside from specific, customer requested items, there are typically Airworthiness Directives (ADs) that need to me performed because many are due on a yearly basis.
Q.Who is responsible for ensuring ADs are complied with?
A.The aircraft owner is always responsible for AD compliance, however we can do the research and perform the AD requirements at the owners request.
Q.What does an Annual Inspection include in the cost?
A.The Annual Inspection includes all items on the checklist.
Q.What is not included in the cost of an Annual Inspection?
A.Defects are recorded, but repairing defects are not included.
Q.How are defects handled?
A.Defects are recorded and then they are addressed with the owner, so we can discuss what options are available and what the cost of rectification will be.
Q.Can I help with my aircrafts Annual Inspection?
A.Yes! In fact, we encourage owners to participate in the inspection so they can build a relationship with their aircraft. Of couse, the level of participation is limited to specific, elementary type tasks and a licensed AME must be present at all times. Having owners present during an inspection is also preferred in case defects are found, that way we can possibly address the defect on the spot, therefore saving time in having to re-access the particular area at a later date.
Q.Wait. If I'm helping with my inspection, does that mean I get a discount?
A.Yes, but it is an indirect savings. Any work you are able to carry out is work that our staff will not have to, so you may save some man hours there. The bigger savings is usually when defects can be autorized for repair on the spot, which means we don't need to gain access to the location a second time to do the repair. These are man hours that would otherwise cost you twice as much because of having to repeat the steps.
Q.OH NO!! My Annual Inspection is past due, what can I do?
A.With most companies you would only have one option, which is to apply for a Ferry permit and fly it to the maintenance facility. AvWorks Aerospace offers its customers a unique service with our Mobile Aircraft Service Units (or MSU's). We can bring our MSU to your location and perform the Annual Inspection on site! Of course the MSU cannot offer the same functionalities as a full maintenance facility, so if major defects are found, we would have to assess our options and possibly fly it back to our facility for repair.
Q.Does the MSU have a difference in cost?
A.No. Our MSU's have their own overhead costs, such as vehicle insurance, fuel and of course maintenance, so we keep the hourly cost at the same rate. Unfortunately our fixed expenses do not change, even if we are not using our facilities.
Q.Do I have to pay for travel time if I request the MSU service?
A.The short answer is yes, because our staff is a fixed overhead cost that we cannot avoid, however we do assess each situation and make recommendations on what is most cost effective for the owner. Sometimes the cost of getting a Ferry Permit is more advantageous than doing the work on site, it just depends on what maintenance is required.
Q.Why would I request the MSU service if it doesn't save me any money?
A.Ideally all aircraft maintenance is performed at our maintenance facility, however there are times where the aircraft cannot move without maintenance being performed first. Some examples of this are defects that make the aircraft un-airworthy, such as a hard landing, a faulty starter, a dead magneto, an overdue AD, or possibly even damaged caused to the aircraft by ground equipment.