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Useful Aviation Links

Here you will find useful aviation links that aviation professionals refer to regularly

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Compass Swing Requirements

What FAR requires a compass swing? ANSWER: The compass calibration requirements for small aircraft (less than 12,500 lbs maximum take-off weight) can

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FAA Advisory Circulars

Here you will find FAA advisory circulars that are related to the aircraft certification process

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Foreign Mechanics

Are foreign mechanics allowed to do maintenance on U.S. registered airplanes? ANSWER: Foreign mechanics are allowed to perform maintenance on U.S. registered

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STC and FAA Form 337

Does the STC or 337 form have to be carried in the aircraft while flying? ANSWER: An FAA Form 337 is required to be on board the aircraft when it is issued

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Annual Inspection

Does the transponder test have to be in date to sign off the annual inspection? ANSWER: The scope and detail of an annual inspection is outlined in FAR

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FAA Form 8130-3 -vs- Certificate of Conformity

What is the difference between an FAA Form 8130-3 and a Certificate of Conformity? ANSWER: An FAA Form 8130-3, Airworthiness Approval Form, identifies

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Address for FAA Form 337's

What address do I mail the FAA Form 337 for a newly installed supplemental type certificate (STC)? ANSWER: Completed forms should be submitted to the

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U.S. Export C of A
for Un-Airworthy Aircraft

I am in the process of exporting 2 helicopters which have not flown for over 2 years and are due for major inspections before being returned to service.

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for Un-Airworthy Aircraft"

FAA Kit Evaluations

In 1985 the FAA issued an evaluation that the Swick T met the major portion criteria of FAR 21.191(g). FAA Order 8130.18 was referenced. Is this evaluation

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Re-issuance of FAA Form 8130-3

When an 8130-3 is reissued, does the form tracking number remain the same as the original 8130-3 or is it given a new tracking number? ANSWER: In accordance

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Radio Installation

Would an installation of navigation equipment that requires the modification of the instrument panel be consider an alteration? ANSWER: Yes, it would

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Maintenance Release

Is a FAA Form 8130-3 needed for a refurbished sidewall panel that has been repaired and recovered with new liner? ANSWER: A record of work performed and

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Fast Build Kits- Experimental Aircraft

I am considering the option of building a Velocity Aircraft. The manufacturers offer fast-build kits. I would like to purchase all of the fast build options

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Online Versions of AC 43-13-1B and AC 43-13-2B

AC 43-13-1B - Aircraft Inspection and Repair, and AC 43-13-2B - Aircraft Alterations are both online in the ASB members section. Membership is free so sign up today!

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FAA-H-8083-30 Aviation Maintenance Technician General Handbook

Now Online in the ASB Members Section

This handbook was designed for persons who are studying for their FAA Airframe and Powerplant certificate, but is also an excellent reference tool for the experience technician as well. Sign up for your free membership and get instant access to this and other reference documents.

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FAA Form 337 and Approved Data

Do repair or overhauls on components that comply with approved data other than OEM data (FAA Form 8110-3 approved instructions) have to be documented on

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Life Limited Part Traceability

What documentation is required to establish a life limited part's back to birth traceability? Beside tracking of part TSN, CSN, what else is necessary

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Import of Used Aircraft Engines to Canada

I am planning on bidding on a used Lycoming 0320 E2D engine and propeller in an insurance salvage sale in the US. The insurance company has the original

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