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Are you looking for an M1 or M2 and how in depth of an inspection like a few hours or a couple of days.
I'm not familliar with AME licences, what's the difference between an M1 and an M2?Engineer M2 wrote:Are you looking for an M1 or M2 and how in depth of an inspection like a few hours or a couple of days.
I'm looking to have a fairly in depth inspection, the plane flies regularly but it has lived on Vancouver Island (mighty humid environment) for at least the last 20 years so engine and airframe corrosion are my big concerns.
You don't need an in-depth inspection to determine the condition of the aircraft. A savvy AME should know the aircraft type and where the typical problem areas are. If you see corrosion in one place, chances are it will be in other places as well.... run!
Amazing. Worst thing you can do to the engine is just start it "to run it up". It clearly "starts right up" after sitting for two months.azimuthaviation wrote:He told me he ... has someone come every couple of weeks to run it up. Later I asked him about the engine, he said its great, after sitting for two months it starts right up.
Darren is my father's AME, i've met him a number of times. He's got a wide variety of experience on light aircraft, and knows his stuff. If you'd like a second opinion, he's a good choice. Flies in to Langley to do my dad's inspection each year. I think he's based in Courtenay?
I've always extolled this advice wherever I could.SeptRepair wrote:Probably be best to get the company who you plan on having do the continual maintenance do the inspection.
I used to work for a small AMO, looking after outfitters and GA.
If and airplane came in for an annual that some other AMO or AME had done a pre-purchase on.. Look out.
The AMO's going to find stuff. Sometimes expensive stuff, other times just brow beat the owner around to say,
"Hey, see, you shouldn't have had this jackass do the pre-purchase, you should have hired us! Look what he missed. This could have killed you. This airplane needs work.. You should have gotten this adjusted off of the purchase price... etc, etc.."
It's our egos. We can't help it. Have to find stuff somebody else missed. ~ And that's just the airplane side of it. The books can be an even bigger issue.
Avoid all of that by having the AME who is going to be doing your annuals and running maintenance also do your pre-purchase. Even if you have to ship him across the country. It will be worth it in the long term for sure, and more likely, even in the short term..
It also allows your AME / AMO to develop a comfort-level with the aircraft. That's going to save major tear-down hours at the first annual.
I'll be moving it to Prince George, so it's not really practicable to have the inspection done by the company I'll be dealing with. The annual comes up this month, it's a piper Cherokee.SeptRepair wrote:Will you be keeping the plane on the island? Probably be best to get the company who you plan on having do the continual maintenance do the inspection.When is the annual due? What is the make and model of the aircraft?
On the other hand, I worked with a guy who bought and sold airplanes for many years. He said he never did pre-purchase inspection and bought over the phone. He'd only buy the best planes on the market. He would have the owner read all maintenance entries in the log line by line. He said he could tell right away if the plane was decent by the care taken into the logbooks.
He said he only got burned once. He showed up to take delivery and the plane was full of hail damage. Quebec plane...go figure.
His email is wingwrench at gmail dot com. That was active in Oct 2012. I have a 604 phone number, but I'm not sure it's his current number (604 is mainland, and he lives in Courtenay AFAIK).I_Drive_Planes wrote:Does anyone have Darren Adam's email address? I tried the one in the link posted and it bounced back.