Annual Inspections

COPA advocated, on behalf of our members, for relief from the rigid regulation concerning annual inspections. The original regulation either forced owners to plan to complete their annual before the expiry date (thereby effectively making the inspection interval less than 12 months) or wait until very close to the expiry date and gamble that weather or other events may prevent them from delivering the aircraft to the mechanic, thereby grounding the aircraft.

The previous regulation CAR Standard 625.86 (2) that applies to private aircraft was as follows:

As applicable to the type of aircraft at intervals not exceeding 12 months, Part I and Part II of the Maintenance Schedule detailed in Appendix B of these standards are approved by the Minister for use on other than large aircraft, turbine-powered pressurized aeroplanes, airships, any aeroplane or helicopter operated by a flight training unit under CAR 406, or any aircraft operated by air operators under CAR Part VII.

As a result of COPA’s efforts the regulation now is as follows:

As applicable to the type of aircraft, at intervals not to expire later than the last day of the 12th month, following the preceding inspection, Part I and  Part II of the Maintenance Schedule detailed in Appendix B of these standards are approved by the Minister for use on other than large aircraft, turbine-powered pressurized aeroplanes, airships, any aeroplane or helicopter operated by a flight training unit under  CAR 406, or any aircraft operated by air operators under CAR Part VII.

The amendment does not provide any relief for those who wait until the end of the month to deliver the aircraft to the mechanic but at least it does not penalize those who plan ahead.