Originally published June 1998
(Recently, former Chapter 1000 member and Technical Counselor Bob Daniel, now at Altus AFB in Oklahoma, was cited by the Project Police with borrowing a copy of Sport Aviation and never returning it. He was unable to locate said magazine, and as such was fined with a requirement to submit an article for The Leading Edge. The following is an article he put together for EAA Chapter 1014. It's a good one, so we'll let him slide with a re-run.)
As an owner-pilot and builder, FAR Part 43 allows you to perform certain types of inspections and maintenance on your airplane. As the builder you are considered the manufacturer and such you may receive a repairman's certification by due process as outlined in Advisory Circular 65-23A. This partial list does not apply to builder with a repairman's certificate. The builder has full capability to relicense (do an annual) and do the full range of maintenance tasks to keep the aircraft airworthy.
The following is a partial list of inspections and maintenance that you as owner-pilot can do.
Although fore mentioned work is allowed by FARs, each individual should make a self analysis as to whether or not he or she has the ability to perform the work satisfactorily.
If any of the fore mentioned work is accomplished, an entry must be made in the appropriate logbook. The entry shall contain:
The signature constitutes approval for return to service only for work performed.
Note: References and content of this handout are from FAA-P-8740-15A / AFO-0783
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Revised -- 14 March 1999