April 1998 Issue

A Ramp Annual

Weather permitting, an owner-assisted annual right in the tie-down spot is both economical and practical.

It was time for the annual. Again. During the 13 months since the last inspection, I’d flown my 1968 Bonanza V35A fewer than 35 hours and although little had broken in that time, I wanted to keep my costs down without compromising safety.

Clearly, that would mean an owner-assisted annual, which I had done when I bought the airplane three years before. That annual was part of the pre-purchase inspection and it was thorough and meticulous.

Being a hands-on guy—one of my hobbies is restoring antique cars—I’ve always done all of the maintenance allowed under FAR Part 43.3 right out on the ramp, weather permitting. But could an annual be done on the ramp, too? I had my doubts. But th...

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