Supervised Owner Maintenance and Education – SOME
The fascination of the aircraft and aerodynamics starts when we are small children and continues right into retirement. We are continually amazed at the machines that are suspended in mid-air and propel hundreds of humans and a mass of metal across vast distances. For this reason, many of us become Aircraft Maintenance Engineers and Pilots.
At Centreline Aviation, we also love to teach our trade. The SOME Program was developed for people with keen interest in knowing how the laws of aerodynamics, physics and mechanical devices come together in their aircraft. The program is for hands-on people seeking to expand and fine tune their aviation knowledge.
It is a rare opportunity, to have a qualified mechanic spend time with you supervising and providing the necessary tools to perform an annual inspection on your own aircraft in your own hangar. For the aviation enthusiasts, it doesn’t get any better than this.
The outcome of the SOME program is a safer, smarter owner-pilot who is capable of recognizing problems and anticipating needs of his or her aircraft. All work is legal. Transport Canada has legislated that it doesn’t matter who does the work as long as the work is certified. If the owner performs the work and the AME certifies the work to required standards, the maintenance is legal.
The work process is straight forward and logical. In terms of the annual inspection, we always do the complete inspection first and clear the defects after the inspection is complete, giving priority to the major defects. For us, there isn’t much point in fixing the seat covers if your wing spar is cracked!
Throughout the program we spend the necessary time to stop and evaluate where the work is going and what can be done to minimize repairs and prevent components from wearing out. The program is also an opportunity to share experiences and to learn from each other about various aspects of aviation.
The satisfaction that this program brings to the owners and pilots is significant, especially when the supervising AME signs off the logbooks and certifies all the work that has been done. It is time to fly!