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What makes an airplane airworthy?

What makes an airplane airworthy?

The most common questioned asked during a checkride by the examiner is, "Is the airplane for this checkride airworthy?"

We are going to discuss two acronyms you should learn, and you can prove to the examiner that the airplane is airworthy.

The first one is ARROW, this document's must be with the airplane and you should be able to locate them.

- A - Airworthiness certificate

- R - Registration

- R - Radio certificate (used for international flights)

- O - Operators manual (different from POH)

- W - Weight & Balance (specific to that airplane)

The second acronym is AVIATE. These inspections must also be current and up to date to make the airplane airworthy.

- A - Airworthiness Directives

- V - VOR (every 30 days)

- I - Inspections (100 hour and Annual)

- A - Altimeter & Pitot Static (24 calendar months)

- T - Transponder (24 calendar months)

- E - ELT (12 calendar months)

Be sure you can locate this inspections in the airplanes maintenance logbooks.

Put these two acronyms to memory and you will never forget them.


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