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First annual coming up

I’m coming up on my first annual as a first time owner. I’ve been a professional pilot for 25 years but never owned a plane and have been out of GA for a while until recently. Looking to educate myself before the owner assisted annual starts. I want to make sure the required inspections and ADs get done and nothing gets missed. Anyone want to educate me? Thanks in advance.

Model: Bonanza K35
Posted 9/20/2023 - 5 months ago
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Recommend you start with a paperwork review of your aircraft. Make notes as to when the last time parts were replaced / inspections done per the logs. Start with most most recent and work backwards. Compare this with the recommended special inspections / time limits in the shop manual (not mandatory, but many of these items are very good ideas). Do the same with AD lists and weight & balance amendments. Share this with your IA; ask for a copy of his/her checklist for the inspection. This action opens the door to good communications with your IA, which can lead to a successful partnership in the maintenance of your K.

Mike
ABS Technical Advisor

Posted 9/20/2023 - 5 months ago
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+1 on Mike’s advice. If you can pull all the aircraft records together and get them organized now, it will save your mechanic a ton of extra work.

Posted 9/20/2023 - 5 months ago
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And to prevent the BIG $$$$$$ surprise, always have it written that they are not to perform any work beyond that required for the "inspection" without providing you a detailed list of discrepancies, including the estimated cost for each item to be repaired along with a timeframe for completion, and your written signature agreeing to each item. Too many things will be put on those lists that are not airworthiness items and are either not needed nor required. Just because it's listed in the Beech or TCM shop manual as being needed by X hours does not mean it has to be done. Time based items are usually not critical unless there is a proven, it's broken or about to break, need for them to be accomplished.

If it's not an airworthiness item, then it should not be on the list of things required to be fixed to complete and pass the annual inspection.

Posted 9/20/2023 - 5 months ago
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First annual coming up