Private Jet Maintenance Considerations
Having your private jet maintenance isn’t as simple as pulling your car into any mechanic. Keeping jets in the air requires detailed government compliance that’s carried out between the aircraft owner, all the way down to mechanics and the tools they use, as well as local and federal governments. Responsibility for airworthiness holds all parties involved accountable.
Who Regulates Jet Maintenance
With all aircraft maintenance, private jets must meet the high standards of both, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The two governing aviation bodies created the Safety Oversight Manual (SOR) which determines that an aircraft’s airworthiness meets standards regardless of where it operates. The state that the aircraft is registered in is responsible for validating airworthiness by issuing certification.
How Often Is Maintenance Required
Frequency of maintenance requirements vary from one aircraft to the next. The SOR states that preventive maintenance should be performed on aircraft that fly 25 hours or less. Minor maintenance should be performed at 100 flying hours. Frequency of maintenance is dependent upon on the operation, climate change, storage facilities, and age of the aircraft.
When Does an Aircraft Need Inspection?
Periodic inspections are required by the state of registry to determine the continued airworthiness of the aircraft. Inspection frequencies are outlined by the state but still must adhere to the SOR. Times can vary from once every 12 months to once every 100 hours of flight.
Mechanic Certification and Regulation
The mechanics that perform aircraft maintenance are also regulated by the state they work in through standards defined FAA and ICAO. They are required to get certificates in maintenance and repair. The certified individuals can only use tools and equipment that has been tested and approved. It is required that mechanics strictly adhere to the manufacturer’s maintenance manual when servicing an aircraft.
Keeping Good Records
Maintenance and repair records are the only proof owners and aircraft operators have to show their airworthiness. By law, records are required for the airframe, engine, propeller, and appliances. There must be a description of the work performed, the date completed, a certified mechanics signature, type of FAA certificate, and the signature of the person approving the aircraft’s airworthiness.
Where You Get Your Repairs Done Matter
Some maintenance on your private jet can be performed where ever you happen to land. The state you register your aircraft in may have various annual or hourly requirements that require all mechanical work be performed in your state of register. Regardless of where you have your maintenance, it needs to be completed by a certified mechanic who uses an approved work station and equipment, and records everything.
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