Maintenance Matters

July 2001 Issue

Legal Or Not?

Misleading labeling on ACF-50 anti-corrosion compound raises questions about required FAA approvals.

[IMGCAP(1)] Buried in the fine print of the FARs, you’ll find provisions that govern practically everything related to maintaining an aircraft, from replacement parts, to fuel, to fasteners, even oil and grease.

Technically, any material used for maintenance or repair on a certified aircraft is supposed to be approved through some kind of formal process, say a type certificate, supplemental type certificate, parts manufacturing authority or even a Form 337 field approval.

But how about paints, waxes and anti-corrosion materials? Evidently, those fall under the FAA’s jurisdiction as well, as a sniping contest between two makers of corrosion control materials recently revealed.


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