The owner/operator is responsible for all required maintenance,
inspections and logbook entries on an aircraft. FAR 43 gives entry
examples of appropriate" entries. This includes compliance
with the FARs such as FAR 91.403(a) and FAR 91.405. 91.405 requires
maintenance sufficient to keep aircraft airworthy. The owner-operator
must retain the log books, be responsible that proper entries
are made, and be able to make them available to authorities.
All records of maintenance and inspections require that entries
say what has been done, the date of completion, signature and
certification of the one doing the work and sign-off. A proper
sign-off applies only to the work done. An inspection does not
make the aircraft airworthy. An aircraft is airworthy only when
work specified in the inspection as being required is completed
FAR 91.213(d)(2) covers inoperative equipment. This requires
that any inoperative instrument or equipment have a signed placard
FAR 43.11 as well as logbook entries regarding the action taking.
Approval for return to service is required. Maintenance is the
owner/operator responsibility; airworthiness is the pilot's.
FAR 91.7(b) "The pilot in command of a civil aircraft
is responsible for determining whether the aircraft is in a condition
for safe flight." If anything untoward happens the FAA gets
to second-guess the pilot's decision. The regulations on maintenance
and inspections are in FAR 91.403(a) and 91.405. 91.3 states:
"The pilot in command of an aircraft is directly responsible
for, and is the final authority as to, the operation of that aircraft.
Again, if anything untoward happens the FAA gets to second-guess
the pilot's decision. The PIC determines airworthiness in the
preflight, review of paperwork and checking aircraft maintenance
records. The aircraft must meet and continue to meet it original
type design data unless approved changes are made.
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