Q: What's included in an Annual Inspection?
A: "Annual Inspection" can mean different things to different people, so here's a rundown of what's included in my price:
-Approved Data: All inspections are performed using the manufacturers checklist specific to your airframe, engine, and propeller. I have an extensive library of approved service manuals, including vintage planes!
-Oil and filter change (including cutting open the filter for inspection)
-Spark plug cleaning and inspection (including complimentary new gaskets)
-ELT inspection and test (including ME-406!)
-Complete airframe and flight control lubrication per manufacturers service manual
(Your A&P is squirting LPS2 on everything, aren't they? Yeah, that's wrong. Don't do it.)
-Wheel bearing inspection, cleaning, and fresh grease packing
-Finger screen/gascolator servicing
-Oil screen inspection
-Garter filter replacement
-Air filter replacement
-Flight control cable tension inspection (adjustment extra)
(Price does not include parts. My price on parts is reasonable, though you may supply your own if desired)
-Complete AD research and documentation: I will provide you with a completed AD Compliance report that will make this process smoother and less time consuming in following years. (To be compliant, AD logbook entries must include the method of compliance, the date, signature, and certificate number of the person signing off the work. You won't see any vague "all AD's complied with" scribbles from me.) Unlike a lot of "tailgaters" out there, I include component AD's (carburetor, air filters, etc.) in my AD compliance process.
-AD Compliance: This will vary depending on the specific circumstances. Most shops charge extra for complying with each of your one-time and repetitive AD's, but I include as many of the smaller ones as possible. For example, there is no additional charge to comply with the inspection portion of Cessna's seat rail AD, it is included my flat rate. On the other hand Cessna's rudder inspection AD requires a significant amount of time and will be billed at a flat rate (I will give you a quote prior to doing any AD work!)
-Prop Dressing: I will address minor nicks in your prop as necessary, free of charge.
-Professional Logbook Entries: All logbook entries are typed and printed in a legible format. No smudged and unreadable chicken scratch that makes it difficult for future inspectors!