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Questions tagged [airworthiness]

Questions about the regulatory or physical status of an aircraft being capable of safe flight

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What might happen if I receive flight instruction in a plane with an airworthiness deficiency?

Let's say I were to a day VFR flight with a new instructor, in hopes of eventually pursuing Sport Pilot - Airplane privileges (U.S.A.) During the flight, I notice the plane has a minor airworthiness ...
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How do changes in certification requirements affect previous type certificates?

How does the 2016 part 23 airworthiness requirements rewrite affect older type certificates? If some aspect of an aircraft does not meet the new requirement do all of those aircraft have to be ...
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Aircraft lightning: What are the requirements for airworthiness?

Can you enlighten me about the airworthiness requirements in the field of lightning, for commercial aviation: Which voltage or intensity is the aircraft required to sustain? How is it demonstrated in ...
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Is AD compliance ever physically verified when maintaining an aircraft?

As we all know around here, national aviation authorities put out Airworthiness Directives mandating certain changes be made to aircraft during their service life so that the aircraft can stay ...
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Why are there so few Lancasters still flying?

According to Wikipedia there are 54 airworthy spitfires in the world (30 in the UK alone), yet there are only 2 airworthy Lancasters (Lancaster B X in Canada & Lancaster B I in the RAF's Battle of ...
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Who can carry out airworthiness inspections?

My understanding is that aircraft regularly have inspections for defects just like cars in the U.K. have an annual MOT test to check their condition and safety. My question is, who can do these ...
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How does one determine if an airplane meets airworthiness directives?

There seems to be no way to determine if airworthiness directives for your airplane have been complied with. Does anyone know? I found this FAA website but you can type in a type of aircraft and ...
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When is a 100-hour inspection required if alternating commercial and private use?

First, a setup rehashing common knowledge: A plane owner, who's also a CFI, gets an annual done on his Cherokee and teaches out of it for 100 hours in three months. He flies it to a repair shop 3 ...
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How can one determine if a Service Bulletin is still applicable?

I've seen the occasional Service Bulletin that is marked Obsolete, and others that Supersede SB-123. If I'm a pilot or A&P looking through logbooks, what resources are available to determine if a ...
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Can the MH-60 helicopter fly without one or all of the stabilators?

The MH-60R helicopter has a horizontal Stabilator that consists of three subassemblies, RH Stabilator, LH Stabilator, and Center Stabilator. Can the aircraft fly without the RH Stabilator? Can the ...
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Does a 100 Hour Inspection Start Over Every Annual?

If an airplane receives a 100 hour at 350 hours and has an annual at 400 hours, does the next 100 hour inspection need to take place at 450 hours or 500 hours?
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Why do Turkey and UAE limit the age of aircraft flying over their territory?

Why do the civil aviation authorities of Turkey (15 years civil, 25 years cargo) and United Arab Emirates (20 years) limit the age of aircraft flying over their territory? I think if an old plane ...
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What liability does an aviation inspector have for errors & omissions?

In reading online, I've come across the term "pencil-whipping". The actual term is new to me but I'm familiar with the practice; it's when someone fills out the paperwork that attests something is ...
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What kind of certifications are required for a plane manufactured for personal use?

If I make an airplane (lets say for research/recreational purposes), what kind of certifications would be required to fly it? Moreover, would I need special permissions to actually fly the airplane? ...
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What were the disadvantages of early prop driven blended-wing aircraft?

I've been researching the history of pre-jet aircraft and I've come across several famous, and not so famous, blended-wing aircraft. The idea seemed to show promise but never really caught on, even ...
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Why are older airplanes still in use?

It is normal to see older planes (20+ years) quite frequently. In fact, a few months ago I saw a plane over 50 years old (not in a museum but on a runway, about to take off). Comparing to cars, there ...
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How do I obtain permission to fly an airplane that isn't airworthy?

How do I get permission to fly an airplane with a non-safety-related airworthiness issue, like being out of annual or having an inoperative radio in order to take it somewhere that it can be fixed?