|Maintenance and Alterations are similar in compliance standards
and the records by which they are approved for return to service.
|43.13 Performance rules (general).
|43.9 Content, form, and disposition of maintenance, preventive maintenance,
rebuilding, and alteration records (except inspections).
|The key part of 43.13 is that using current instructions provided and tooling
recommended by the Manufacturer or the FAA.
If the technician actually performs the task as required, the technician shares
liability with the manufacturer for doing the maintenance or inspection task
Some maintenance date is just wrong.
if available, to resolve the data errors. The technician should not move forward
using data with known errors.
Using known or suspected bad data may start a whole new chain of errors and may
lead to a falsification issue for the technician.
If there is no manufacturer's engineering/tech pubs group to work with, the
technician may perform the task per industry standards and approved techniques.
The technician should be very detailed with the maintenance entry.
Technician: Do not falsify! FAR 43.12 This is the fastest way to lose your licence!
Owner/operator: Do not ask a technician to falsify. Your safety will be negatively
This will increase the liability for the technician.
|The technician should use a general description of the tasks performed with the
manufacturer's manual reference used for the specific details in the maintenance
If the technician tries to adequately document every step, the record volume will be
If the there is no Manufacturer's data for a needed task, the maintenance record
should be very detailed including all significant steps, torque values, lubricants
Opinion: There is a regulatory fail here that leaves out the total time in service at
the time of the return to service. Please have your maintenance provider add that to