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User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 6065 posts, RR: 26
Posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2553 times:

This is for US-licensed A&P (Airframe & Powerplant) mechanics; my question is this:

1. Are you required to post any form of bond in order to practice your craft?

2. Does your answer change if you work for a shop vs. being independent?

3. Does a shop have to post any bond (independent of the requirement for an individual)?

4. What sort of insurance do you routinely have to carry?

Thanks in advance for any insight you can provide. Ciao.

...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
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User currently offlineMetwrench From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 750 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2516 times:

A&P Mechanic insurance is available, but I've never met any Mech's. That admits to buying any. I certainly don't and won't. Everything I do is by the book and done with a clear conscious.

If you are working for an Airline, Repair Station, etc. they have the ultimate responsibility. The individual can be held responsible for negligence. Enforcement action can be Government action revoking licenses, incarceration, and punitive damages. It's possible but rare.

The biggest thing, is don't be scared, be vigilant, thorough, and precise with out wasting your and your clients time and money.

Have the "Approved Data and means to perform your task and you will excel in this career.

User currently offline242 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 498 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2501 times:

As said, airlines have their own insurance for the entire operation.

I don't think there is any requirement for general aviation shops or individual GA mechanics to carry insurance, however in this sue-happy country, It would be silly not to. There has recently been legislation passed absolving GA aircraft manufactuers of any liability after a certain frame of time from the date of manufacture. (I think it's 15 years) This pretty much means in the event of an unexplained accident, the last people (mechanics) to touch the aircraft are "guilty until proven innocent".

A good example of this is the Payne Stuart accident. Mere weeks after the crash, before any cause could be determined, Sunjet was forced out of business when the FBI raided their hangar and siezed just about everything that wasn't nailed down (operating records, spare parts, mechanics toolboxes...etc) as evidence in a murder investigation.

User currently offlineAaron atp From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 533 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2489 times:

...but sunjet was undeniably doing illegal things in the hangar and on the flightline.

perhaps it isn't the best example

User currently offline242 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 498 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2456 times:

...but sunjet was undeniably doing illegal things in the hangar and on the flightline.

I heard about their padding of pilots flight logs, but nothing about maintenance. Got any links?

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