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Aircraft Repair Station Security
Kent S. Jackson | January 1, 2010

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for repair station security was issued by the TSA in November 2009. The proposed rules would require repair stations to adopt and carry out a “standard” security program. Click here to download full article.

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What is Current Maintenance?
Kent S. Jackson | October 1, 2009

The correct response depends on whether you are maintaining an aircraft under FAR Part 91, 121 or 135, and the person posing the question. Click here to download full article.

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Accidents vs. Incidents
Kent S. Jackson | July 1, 2009

Aircraft Maintenance Technology – Industry Viewpoint – Most of us know that accidents must be reported to the NTSB, although we may be a little fuzzy on the process.  We may even remember that certain incidents are reportable as well.  As a maintenance professional you may be the most qualified person involved to determine whether […]

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Moonlighting Mechanics
Kent S. Jackson | September 15, 2008

If the mechanic is an independent contractor then the flight department might not be liable for any mistakes of the mechanic.  If the mechanic is an employee of the flight department, then the company is liable for any negligence of the mechanic.  Know the risks assumed when hiring a moonlighting mechanic. Click here to download […]

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Voluntary Disclosure Programs
Kent S. Jackson | November 15, 2007

The FAA has wisely developed several programs that encourage us to learn from our own small mistakes.   Most pilots are familiar with the NASA form and its role in the Aviation Safety Reporting System.  The Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program is designed to promote safety in the aviation company environment rather than on an individual […]

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Pre-Purchase Inspection
Kent S. Jackson | April 15, 2007

The FAA does not require a pre-purchase inspection, yet they are common and fraught with legal peril.  Sellers endeavor to avoid later accusations of fraud by insisting that buyers investigate the airworthiness themselves.   This practice merely shifts the fraud accusations to mechanics and repair stations. Click here to download full article.

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