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Private pilots must perform aircraft inspections

| Oct 8, 2020 | Firm News

Commercial airlines take numerous steps to ensure that their planes are worthy of taking to the skies. Engineers, mechanics, and parts manufacturers all play a role in airplane safety. Private airline pilots are also responsible for performing safety inspections.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sets forth the required safety regulations. Under FAA rules, private pilots must perform an inspection of their aircraft annually.

What type of inspection is a pilot expected to perform?

Planes should receive regular maintenance checks. However, it’s also necessary to ensure a plane’s structural integrity doesn’t pose any problems. Most pilots will walk around the aircraft before taking off. In addition to a visual inspection, they will also run through a pre-flight checklist. In addition to these routines, a more thorough examination is required once a year. This inspection should include a close examination of the:

  • Cabin
  • Radio
  • Landing gear
  • Engine
  • Fuselage
  • Wings
  • Tail
  • Propeller(s)

A pilot will want to verify that all components of the plane are correctly connected. It’s also important to be sure that the aircraft doesn’t have any cracks, leaks, or other forms of wear and tear that could pose a safety risk. Another requirement is a test of the emergency locator transmitter. Additional regulations apply to private passenger planes.

Regulations don’t shield all parties from liability

Adherence to safety regulations does not mean flying is risk-free. The potential for an aviation accident is always present. A pilot who adheres to FAA regulations may not be liable for an airplane accident. However, numerous parties are responsible for getting planes up and down. A skilled legal professional can help determine accountability for an accident.