REPAIRS: WHEN THINGS SAG, BAG AND FLAG
The Webster’s dictionary defines a defect as, “an imperfection that impairs worth or utility”
A repair is defined as “the state in being of good or sound condition”
Defects appear on aircraft as;
- Parts worn to limits i.e. brake linings, brake discs, tires, control cables, propeller blades
- Parts or components that fail to contain fluids. i.e. fuel, hydraulic or oil pressure lines, exhaust systems, carburetor bowls, prop governors
- Components which perform poorly i.e. engine cylinders with poor compression, communication radios, batteries
- The condition of a part or component which has deteriorated from heat, corrosion, damage i.e. leaking exhaust gaskets, stuck cylinder valves, prop strike
- Parts or components which are in distress due to failing parts or in need of servicing. i.e. engine vibration, alternator failure, water in the fuel
- Loose or missing parts.
- Components out of date for certification. i.e. ELT, instruments, prop corrosion inspections
- Inaccurate recording of maintenance work. Flight time errors, unapproved installations, CARS or Manufacturer’s mandatory instructions not in compliance.
HIGH STANDARDS – INDUSTRY STANDARDS
Defects are recorded on defect/rectification sheets. The defects are brought to the attention of the owner for further action and evaluation. It is the decision of the owner to repair or not repair.
Repairs restore the airworthiness of the part or component. Only approved parts and methods are used to do the repair. The defect is eliminated. All repairs performed by Centreline Aviation are in accordance with the acceptable standards of airworthiness and stated as such in the aircraft logbooks.