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How Long Do Airlines Keep Maintenance Records?  
User currently offlineDeaphen From India, joined Jul 2005, 1428 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 1 month 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7530 times:

Hi:

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?

I would be grateful if you could give me your insight of how the rule works in your area.

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Nitin


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User currently offlineA10WARTHOG From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 325 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7523 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.

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7509 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.

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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7449 times:

The operator of the aircraft must retain the them for the life of the aircraft and/or part....a company that maintains an aircraft can discard their copies of the records after a few years


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User currently offlineTyphaerion From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 619 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7434 times:
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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.


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User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3395 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7424 times:

As far as I know airlines will keep the maintenance records for as long as they have the aircraft. When the aircraft is sold, it's mound of maintenance records from day one go with it.


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User currently offlineTdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7386 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.

Tom.


User currently offlineTristarSteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4068 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7343 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.


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