I have been participating
in "Owner Assisted" annual inspections with my A&P/IA for over 20
years. This has enabled me to develop a higher level of understanding of
the inner workings of the systems within my airframe, engine and prop. A
side benefit of doing this has been achieving a more economical
ownership cost for my Beechcraft Baron.
When one considers that a
large portion of the time (and hence a significant labor $$$ component)
required to perform an annual inspection is the opening up and closing
up of the aircraft cowlings, inspection panels and removal of the seats,
there is a significant savings available to the owner if both they and
their A&P/IA are willing and able to participate in this method of
Owner assisted annuals
are not for everyone, however, if one has the willingness, time and mechanical
ability to wield a phillips screwdriver and/or simple hand tools,
significant benefits in pilot knowledge and lower annual inspection
costs can be achieved.
It's no secret that
experienced and competent Beechcraft A&P/IAs willing to work with
owners on an "Owner Assisted" basis has been shrinking. My outstanding
A&P/IA is so full up with work that he is no longer accepting new
pleased to launch this directory of A&P/IAs who have chosen to advertise
their availability for Beechcraft Owner Assisted annual inspections.
If you're a Beechcraft
owner and have had good "Owner Assisted" annual experiences with your
A&P/IA that is worthy of your referral, please
his contact info and a pirep on your experience.
Click HERE to see if your mechanic has attended the ABS Maintenance Academy.
One of the requirements to receive an invitation to attend the ABS
Maintenance Academy is: "be employed full time in a fixed-based facility
that regularly maintains piston airplanes". While some fixed-based
shops have been known to allow Owner Assisted annuals it's been my
experience that most A&P/IA mechanics who perform Owner Assisted
annuals are independent operators and may not be associated with a
If you are an experienced
Beechcraft A&P/IA willing to offer Owner Assisted inspection
services to the Beechcraft community and would like to be listed in this
directory, click HERE to subscribe.
advised that you, the owner/operator are responsible for your choice of
licensed maintenance provider for your certified aircraft.
Nothing in this A&P/IA directory
constitutes a recommendation, warranty or guarantee of any kind by
CSOBeech.com regarding the quality of the listed provider's services and/or pricing practices.
You are therefore advised to perform your own due diligence as to the
suitability of the selected provider's credentials, capabilities and pricing.