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Annual Inspection

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Since a 100-hr inspection can be "overflown" under certain conditions, is it possible to "overfly" an annual inspection?

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  1. John D Collins on Jul 26, 2014

    No, at least not in the same way that the 100 hour can be. However, if an aircraft is out of annual, and needs to be flown to the place where the annual is to be performed, a ferry permit may be obtained by the pilot. This is obtained from the local FSDO, usually via a fax and a mechanic must sign the ferry permit prior to the flight certifying the aircraft is in an airworthy condition for the intended flight. The ferry permit will have restrictions on it to include where it is to be flown to and only the required crew may be on board. For a Cessna 172, that means just the pilot, no passengers. All AD’s must be in compliance unless the AD has provisions in it for ferry flights.

    Regarding the 10 hour grace period for the 100 hour, don’t forget there is no grace period for AD compliance. Some aircraft have recurring AD’s that have to be accomplished every 100 hours and are often performed at the 100 hour inspection. If such an AD reoccurs during the grace period and the aircraft is flown, the pilot may be subject to a violation. I know of an instructor who was cited for flying an unairworthy aircraft for this reason. At my flight school we would perform these AD’s at our 50 hour and 100 hour inspections so that the AD would never expire during the grace period.

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  2. RickS on Dec 31, 2016

    I have a vague recollection hearing somewhere that if an aircraft receives an annual inspection and is signed off as airworthy, but then is not flown at all for a year, a new annual inspection is not required, the previous one can be updated. Any truth to that?

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  3. John D Collins on Jan 02, 2017

    Rick,

    There are no such provisions in the regulations. See 91.409, 43 Appendix D, and 43.11. Also, regardless if an annual is signed off as airworthy or not, the date of the annual in the sign off is the date of the annual and one must be accomplished “within the preceding 12 calendar months” to meet 91.409.

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