Rotor Tip #6 Lack Of Knowledge On The Maintenance Records!

Apr 12, 2023

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     Our next rotor tip is talking about a lack of knowledge of the maintenance records. I believe that more time needs to be spent from flight instructors on this topic because logbooks are so valuable that we are finding more flight schools and owners of helicopters are reluctant, maybe hesitant to let those maintenance logbooks leave the building or come out of the safe. But as a result, I've also seen that applicants are weak in that area.

      What I would like to see are instructors to go get the maintenance log books, get them out of the safe, again, take good care of them, and sit down with your students and go through it and make sure they know the difference between what an annual is and what a 100 hour inspection might be. Point out the pedal static inspections.

 "Every time I'd show up for training, the instructor, we would do a little bit of ground and then we would go fly for an hour and a half. I would ask every once in a while and he would just say, "Oh, we'll do it next time." Of course, I'm flying at a flight school. They keep them locked up in their maintenance bay or whatever. It just seems like every time I'd say something, it was always, "Oh, how about we do it next time?" And then... I got to be honest with you. This is the first time I've seen this book."

        I have found that some flight schools will send along a status sheet. It's typically just a one page document. On that sheet it will show me when the annual was done, that 100 hour was done, maybe the component times. It summarizes everything, but again, it is not a substitute for the maintenance log books themselves. My recommendation on this one to you instructors are to spend more time with your students in the maintenance log books.

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