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Going to Australia 
I have the opportunity to buy, disassemble and ship a 2-4 place U.S. reigistered aircraft to Australia. What is the proceedure for export, if needed? …

The Acronyms MEL and CAM 
What does the acronym MEL mean? ANSWER: MEL stands for Minimum Equipment List. The MEL contains the minimum equipment necessary for the safe operation …

Quick Engine Change (QEC) 
Does FAA have an official definition of QEC? ANSWER: The FAA does not have a definition for QEC, however engine manufacturers do. For example: …

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 …

FAA Forms 8110-3 and 8130-3 
Can you tell me the difference between FAA Forms 8110-3 and 8130-3? ANSWER: Even though the numbers are similar, they have distinctly different …

Aircraft Ferry Flights 
What are the main differences between a ferry flight under FAA and EASA regulations? The requirements for ferrying an aircraft under the FAA and EASA …

Aviation Case Study Project 
What sort of things should I mention in an aviation case study project? ANSWER: Well all I can do is give you my opinion, so here it goes. Aviation …

Becoming a DER 
In plain English, how does one become a DER? I've read most of Order 8100.8C, but some things are still unclear to me. I am 23 and will be graduating …

Soft Time, Hard Time, and OC CM Components 
What is the definition of the term Soft Time? What is the difference between Hard Time and On Condition or Condition Monitoring (OCCM)? ANSWER: …

Life Limited Parts  
For aircraft parts such as a new propeller, a gearbox, or rotorhead, at what time does the clock start for the life limited components? Is it the time …

Satellite Repair Stations 
We are an approved satellite repair station. Can we carry out FAR 91.411 and 413 (Altimeter and Transponder) checks in the field and not in our facility? …

Flight Crew Life Vests 
What is the inspection interval mandated by the FAA for the visual inspection of flight crew life vests? ANSWER: The life vest manufacturer (not …

Parts Distributor Certification 
We are not a repair station or maintanance facility. We are just a broker or independent distributor. What kind of certification does the FAA issue to …

FAA approval or FAR 21/FAR 145 Certification for In-flight Galley Products 
Is it mandatory to obtain an FAA approval or FAR 21/FAR 145 certification for in-flight galley equipment, conforming to standard ATLAS specs, products …



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