June 2000 Issue

Weathering a Check

A ramp check isn’t too likely, but if it happens you should know how to conduct yourself

“The check’s in the mail.”

“Your airplane will be ready Tuesday.”

“I’m from the FAA and I’m here to help you!”

Three of the Great Lies – but with the last, you actually have some control over what happens. If your encounter with the FAA involves a ramp check, there are several things you can do to protect yourself, including knowing what an inspector may and may not do, that may help it it go easier.

Getting ramp checked is one of the great fears of all pilots. Even the average, law-abiding pilot has a gut-level dread that no matter how righteous his intentions, the FAA inspector will find something wrong with either the pilot or the plane. Many fear that they will either get tem...

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