A10WARTHOG From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 324 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6550 times:
As far a I know the FAA requires all records be kept, I would assume that would be the same worldwide. If a plane is transferred to a different operator, the records go to that company. I have helped with a record review of an couple part 121 aircraft, all the maintenace ever done on the plane were in the files. It can be a little over whelming looking at all of work that had been done.
HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31525 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6536 times:
DGCA civil Airworthiness Requirements has all the details in Section 2 Airworthiness.
Logbooks,Documents,Records,schedules,release notes,equipment ...all have a time limit & the MOE [memorandum of exposition] under CAR 145 has it all listed as per the norms the airline follows.
Typhaerion From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 619 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6461 times:
And in today's digital age, the permanent records only need to be digital, there is a shelf life on paper copies once they are audited. I think at TZ we kept them three years and then the only thing left was the digital.
For some, the sky is the limit. For us, it is only the beginning... -- Jack Hunt
Tdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 81
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 6413 times:
Quoting Deaphen (Thread starter): I was just intrigued to know how long airlines are required to keep their maintenance records. Is there some rule that says that they are able to throw them out after 2 years?
MRO's can do that...owners can't. Even if the regulations allowed it, nobody is going to buy an aircraft with an incomplete maintenance history so, if you ever plan to sell it, you'd better have all the records.
TristarSteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 3902 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6370 times:
Quoting Deaphen (Thread starter): Is there some rule that says that they are able to throw them out after 2 years?
Just noticed that you said two years. When I do work on an aircraft operated by a customer, under EASA rules I must keep a copy of the work done for two years. I can then throw them away, but the aircraft owner has the originals and keeps them.