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An aircraft owner is required to

keep aircraft maintenance records

for the airframe, engine, propeller,

and appliances. These records must

contain a description of the work

performed on the aircraft, the date

the work was completed, the

certified mechanicís signature, the

kind of FAA certificate, and the

certifcatenumber of the person

approving the aircraft for return to

service. The owner of an aircraft

shall also ensure that maintenance

personnel make appropriate entries

in the aircraft maintenance records

indicating the aircraft has been

approved for return to service. The

owner's aircraft records shall also

contain the inspections required

persuant to 14 CFR section 91.409.


Proper management of aircraft

operations begins with a good

system of maintenance records.

A properly completed maintenance

record provides the information

needed by the owner/operator and

maintenance personnel to determine

when scheduled inspections and

maintenance are to be performed.







There shall be records of maintenance and of 100-hour, annual, progressive, and other required or approved inspections for each aircraft, including the airframe, each engine, propeller, rotor, and appliance. These records may be discarded when the work is repeated or superseded by other work, or 1 year after the work is performed.







 There shall also be records of:








The total time in service of the airframe, each

engine, and each propeller;





The current status of life-limited parts of each

airframe, engine, propeller, rotor, and appliance;





The time since the last overhaul of all items

installed on the aircraft, which are required to be

overhauled on a specified time basis;





The identification of the current inspection status

of the aircraft, including the time since the last

inspection required by the inspection program under

which the aircraft and its appliances are maintained;





The current status of applicable AD's including,

for each, the method of compliance, the AD

number, and the revision date. If the AD involves

recurring action, the time and date when the next

action is required; and





A copy of the current major alterations to each

airframe, engine, propeller, and appliance.



These records are retained by the owner/operator and are

transferred with the aircraft when it is sold.


Keep in mind that as a result of repairs or alterations, such as replacing radios and installing speed kits, it may be necessary to amend the weight and balance report, equipment list, flight manual, etc.


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