Safety Officer Posted May 12, 2012 Report Share Posted May 12, 2012 Hi All, This couldn't be a more important subject. I'm starting to see some people going through problems and extra money and it all comes down to poor paperwork. Just a quick reminder. the 2007 CT's are and have been due for hose change and the 2006 CT are due for parachute re-packs and or any 2006 CT's that failed to get their hose change. I believe there were more 2007 models sold than 2006, but only by a few. I believe in 2006 there was over 100. I know there are a lot of 2006 CT's that have not done the firewall blanket and that should have been done with the hose change and saved you a chunk of change. If you fail the hose change then you get out of airworthy and then the FAA may care if you have an incident and then the insurance people if you have a claim. They will both want to see your logbooks and skipping items and poor logbook entries will cost. These people aren't dumb. Just a reminder on how important paperwork really is. I know of someone who had a major engine malfunction with an exhaust lifter. No damage to anything else. This Rotax 912ULS engine had 833 hrs and was a 2006. Well out of warranty. Due to the better than average paperwork on the engine and inspections, plus oil analysis every 100 hours Rotax approved a new engine within about 48 hrs. The new engine would have been over $18K, but Rotax had him pay only $7200 for a brand new engine. The warranty paperwork demanded the whole logbook be copied and sent in. Someone will want to see sooner or later and it won't be at your convenience. I just saw a logbook on a CT that had come from out of California with 2-3 inspections and the complete entry was maybe 2-3 sentences long. That's a sin. The morale of this story is keep good paperwork and keep it current. Failing to do things like hose change, opting out to save a buck on an SB and allowing substandard paperwork from a mechanic never pays off and may cost bigger bucks in the end. Each inspection the owner should get back in their possession: a discrepancy list of things found and the corrective action taken, a Rotax engine check list out of the Rotax Line maint. manual signed off on each item, an FD checklist signed off on each item and finally a reasonably long 100 hr / Annual Condition logbook label documenting everything that was done. If it isn't written in the logbook it is considered not done by the courts and insurance company even if it manages to skate legally by the FAA. You should expect and demand a more professional paperwork trail. It makes a huge difference. These poor logbook labels cost you extra money as the next mechanic doesn't know what has been done so he may duplicate the maintenance which comes out of your pocket again. The really big issue is it can and has cost sellers $5k-$10 off your asking price because of sloppy or poor records that came from a mechanic and he isn't going to loose one red cent for laziness. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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