sccutler
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For The A&P's- A Question

Fri Dec 14, 2001 12:45 pm

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.
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Metwrench
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RE: For The A&P's- A Question

Fri Dec 14, 2001 1:07 pm

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.
 
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RE: For The A&P's- A Question

Fri Dec 14, 2001 2:24 pm

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.
 
aaron atp
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RE: For The A&P's- A Question

Fri Dec 14, 2001 6:05 pm

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

perhaps it isn't the best example
 
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RE: For The A&P's- A Question

Sat Dec 15, 2001 1:38 pm

...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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