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must include a description of the maintenance performed, the date the maintenance was completed, and the name of the person performing the maintenance. It also must include the signature, certificate number, and type of certificate of the person approving the maintenance for return to service.


Section 43.10 describes the disposition of life-limited aircraft parts.  Verify procedures are in place and adhered to which govern the temporary removal of parts from type-certificated products, establish controls for parts permanently removed from type-certificated products and the transfer of life-limited parts.


Section 43.11 describes the content, form and disposition of maintenance records for inspections performed under 14 CFR parts 91, 125, and §§ 135.411(a)(1) and 135.419.  Verify record entries are entered in the appropriate aircraft maintenance record reflecting the type inspection performed (100 hour/Annual, Progressive, AAIP) and the similarly worded approval for return to service statement.


For major repairs made in accordance with an FAA-approved manual or other approved data, the repair station may use the customer’s work order to record the major repair or use FAA Form 337. The repair station must use FAA Form 337 to record major alterations.  Verify that FAA Form 337s are complete and routed in accordance with the requirements in 14 CFR part 43, appendix B.  If the repair station performs maintenance in accordance with DER-approved technical data, a copy of FAA Form 8110-3 should be included in the records package.

NOTE:  Major repair and alterations for air carriers must be documented in accordance with the air carrier’s manual.

NOTE:  Repair station major repair/alterations requiring a field approval should be prepared and processed in accordance with AC 43-210.


Maintenance Release.  The repair station must provide a copy of the maintenance release to the owner/operator. If the repair station chooses to use FAA Form 8130-3 as a maintenance release, the records must include a copy of the completed form.  The procedures should describe who would review the records for accuracy and completeness before approval for return to service, unless that information is included elsewhere in the manual.


Records Availability.  Records must be made available to the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The PI should verify that the “Records Package” is organized for easy retrieval and that procedures describing the location of the records and the system used to retrieve those records are complied with.  Procedures governing the storage and retrieval of records from remote storage sites shall be reviewed for compliance.


Records Retention.  Verify repair station maintenance records are retained in accordance with current RSM/QCM procedures and for least two years from the date the article was approved for return to service.


Electronic Records.  In the event an electronic recordkeeping system has been approved by the certificate-district holding office (CHDO) and is being utilized by the repair station, the PI should review the Operator’s Manual for relevant procedures and verify the following elements:


Procedures, to include the following:


Making required records available to both the NTSB and FAA personnel. If the computer hardware and software system is not compatible with the FAA and the NTSB system, the organization must provide an employee or representative to assist. This individual must be familiar with the computer system and assist in accessing the necessary computerized information. This procedure and computer system must be capable of producing paper copies of the viewed information at the request of the FAA or NTSB authorized representative.

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