Anyone with any sort of aircraft knows how important it is to ensure their plane or helicopter is regularly serviced and properly repaired if anything goes wrong. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is, or whether it is a private or commercial aircraft.
It’s not just the fact that the aircraft will be out of service if it isn’t working, it is also the need to ensure the aircraft meets the stringent requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and is safe.
Apart from anything else, every plane must have a registration certificate and an airworthiness certificate. There are also comprehensive preflight checks that need to be done whenever the plane is flown. These determine that the aircraft is in a condition that enables “safe operation.”
The owner or operator of the aircraft is responsible for ensuring the aircraft remains in an airworthy condition, while the pilot or pilot-in-command (if there is more than one) must ensure that the plane is safe prior to every flight.
There are also regular inspections that must be undertaken every 12 months and signed off by an airframe and power-plant mechanic that has FAA inspection authorization. Sometimes a 100-hour inspection is also required. Certainly, all airworthiness directives have to be complied with whether they are one-off directives or recurring ones.
Used Parts for Helicopters and Aircraft
As long as parts have an equivalent level of safety to original parts they may be used to fix planes. But it is vital that all FAA regulations and codes are complied with. Ultimately, any form of repair or service must result in an aircraft operating at least as well as it did in its original condition.
One important factor is that the FAA rules for initial design and production are different to the rules for maintenance and alteration of parts, which might take place when parts are overhauled or repaired. But to ensure all parts are airworthy both the manufacturing and maintenance requirements must be complied with.
FAA procedures are very specific and depend on the criticality level that determines the category of parts being used. These procedures include the specific inspection and test procedures that are required. All processes must also be carried out in accordance with acceptable specifications and by personnel who are trained and qualified. The specifications that are used must have “definitive and verifiable” standards that can be used to evaluate airworthiness before a part may be released for use in any type of repair or alteration. This includes appropriate in-process inspections as well as final inspections.
There are also very strict regulations that relate to the marking of parts.
Aircraft Parts and Services from Prime Industries
Prime Industries has the full range of aircraft parts including new parts, those that have been repaired or overhauled, serviceable parts, and even parts that have been removed from aircraft including Airbus, Lockheed, and Boeing.
Whether you use your aircraft for business, personal transport, for medical reasons, or for government or military purposes, Prime can help you find the right part at the right price. We are committed to quality and boast numerous certifications and affiliations.
You are welcome to view our inventory or to call us for further assistance. Whether you buy new, serviced, or overhauled aircraft parts from Prime Industries you can be sure they will be reliable and compliant.