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FIVE STEPS


I break a pre-buy into five steps:


1 2 3


4 5


QUICK VISUAL INSPECT RECORDS REVIEW


SPOT-CHECK RECORDS TO AIRCRAFT


DETAILED AIRCRAFT INSPECTION FLIGHT CHECK


Steps one through three require no extensive disassembly. For example, you can use the preflight guide in the Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) to complete step one.


If the aircraft fails the pre-buy at any of the first three steps, you can walk away with minimal cost. I’ve seen a pre-buy breeze through step one and two, only to be shut down halfway through step three when several engine log cards did not match the installed engine.


Steps four and five usually involve the most time and have the greatest potential risk: a fastener breaks during cowling removal, a check-valve sticks during a chip plug check, a hot start occurs during a ground run. Just about anything that you could encounter if you owned the aircraft can happen at this point.


Whenever possible, have the seller disassemble the aircraft and provide a pilot to operate it. If that’s not possible, be sure your agreement with the seller covers these potential problems.


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FAR PART 43 — MAINTENANCE, PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE, REBUILDING AND ALTERATIONS


§ 43.1 Applicability § 43.2 Records of overhaul and rebuilding § 43.3 Persons authorized to perform maintenance § 43.5 Approval for return to service after maintenance § 43.7 Persons authorized to approve aircraft for return to service § 43.9 Content, form, and disposition of maintenance records § 43.10 Disposition of life-limited aircraft parts § 43.11 Content, form, and disposition of records for inspections § 43.12 Maintenance records: Falsification, reproduction, or alteration § 43.13 Performance rules (general) § 43.15 Additional performance rules for inspections § 43.16 Airworthiness limitations § 43.17 Maintenance performed by certain Canadian person


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