August 2010 Issue

Deferring Maintenance

An annual inspection is just that: an inspection. Some items can be deferred with a good read of your trusted IA and the aircraft maintenance manual. Some can’t.

In a perfect world of aircraft ownership, you would address every single item that’s flagged during an annual inspection. There are plenty of owners with bottomless bank accounts who live by this mentality. Having suffered through engine failure at low altitude, our paranoid inner voice argues it shouldn’t be done any other way. But the fact is the average maintenance budget just won’t support a shotgun-approach to yearly discrepancy lists. For these budgets, deferring some items is the only option. Here we’ll look at some real-world examples of uncovered maintenance items that cause owners to think with their checkbooks rather than with common sense.

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