April 2016 Issue

Test Flight Wrecks

In the bad old days of aircraft maintenance, it wasn’t uncommon for shop personnel to fly customer aircraft as part of troubleshooting and final testing. Now insurance and liability issues generally quash the idea. The hangar keepers liability insurance policy shops carry might only cover ground ops. This often results in the shop technician flying shotgun with the aircraft owner on a test flight. I have some grey hairs from years of doing just that…

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