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Old 11-11-2008, 09:03 PM
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Default Condition Inspection Checklists

Here is a link to Brian's checklist. It is not RV specific (retract test.....engine #2??? ) and won't cover the complex electronics in many RV's, but should be useful for pilots wanting a generic checklist.

The file is a jpg which will print on one 8.5x11 page.
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Old 11-11-2008, 09:14 PM
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Thank you Sam, you are a good man. If I can dig up the memo... I believe the retract test and engine number two listing refers to the RV-15 (wink...) It's the standard Annual Checklist that I use for every single annual or condition inspection. The only things not listed, to the best of my knowledge, are the fuel injectors.
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Old 05-05-2009, 04:28 PM
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Default RV-9 inspection checklist

From Jack Rosen:

RV9 Condition Inspection Report

A neat thing about this checklist is how it is editable since it is a Work document--would be very easy to customize for your particular plane.
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Old 05-06-2009, 08:47 AM
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I received the pre-sticky email version from Jack yesterday. The format is very similar to the standard Annual Inspection Checklist my A&P used on my old Piper Tri-Pacer. As mentioned, this one is written in MS Word so it's easily customized for each airplane/owner/A&P.
Thanks again, Jack.

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Old 05-06-2009, 01:12 PM
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Bill Repucci's RV-9 inspection checklist:

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Old 06-12-2010, 12:42 AM
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Bill's annual checklist was a nice one!

Does anyone have an update on this checklist so the ?-marks can be replaced by values?
Maybe you can chime in Bill? Guess you've updated it since this post?

Or maybe someobe else has made their own updated version?
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Old 06-15-2010, 09:09 PM
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I can edit the "???" out and post an updated copy. Give me a few days, I've been working hard to get my plane back together.

I've added a few things since that list was posted and I suspect those who have downloaded it have also updated it to fit their aircraft.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:19 PM
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Default checklist content?

Hi, sorry, not intending to hijack....but these checklists are great, for an experienced guy.
For the less experienced, yes you should have an AME ( A&P) assist.
But what I'd like to know is;
if I fly 10, 25 or 50 hours a year, when should I be changing hoses, alternator belts, etc. which may simply get 'old' before they are visibly worn out?

Does this info exist anywhere, guidelines, recommendations etc? I don't want to spend $1000 on an annual replacing every nut & bolt, but I do want to be safe for the upcoming year!

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Old 09-01-2011, 11:03 AM
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Don't sell yourself short on being able to inspect your own plane.
Get an A&P with actual experience (not just a kid with a fresh rating).
He needs to be willing to teach you, or you're wasting your money and time.
Some items like hoses and belts wear out due to condition as well as age, but both are inspectable. Heat embrittlement and oxidation are easily noticed, just like wear.
It's best to have manufacturing dates and installation dates for soft parts like hoses, tires, motor mounts, SCAT tube etc so you don't end up with 20 year old fuel hoses close to the exhaust pipe, but lacking that, you can still get good life cycle cost control by using judgement, and some help from your friends in the RV community.
The idea is to get your money's worth out of each part, but not to run it into a dangerous condition.
Of course, if you are owning a show plane, then all bets are off, just throw money at it
The check list brings each component to your attention, that's the important part. Once you know what to look at, it's not too hard to figure out if it needs work or is good to go another year.
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:40 AM
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Here is the condition inspection check list I have been using for the last six years. It is for my RV4. In MS Word so you can modify for your specific plane.
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