(a) Except for work performed in accordance with §§91.411 and 91.413,
each registered owner or operator shall keep the following records for the
periods specified in paragraph (b) of this section:
(1) Records of the maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alteration
and records of the 100-hour, annual, progressive, and other required or
approved inspections, as appropriate, for each aircraft (including the
airframe) and each engine, propeller, rotor, and appliance of an aircraft.
The records must include --
(i) A description (or reference to data acceptable to the
Administrator) of the work performed; and
(ii) The date of completion of the work performed; and
(iii) The signature, and certificate number of the person approving the
aircraft for return to service.
(2) Records containing the following information:
(i) The total time in service of the airframe, each engine, each
propeller, and each rotor.
(ii) The current status of life-limited parts of each airframe, engine,
propeller, rotor, and appliance.
(iii) The time since last overhaul of all items installed on the
aircraft which are required to be overhauled on a specified time basis.
(iv) The current inspection status of the aircraft, including the time
since the last inspection required by the inspection program under which
the aircraft and its appliances are maintained.
(v) The current status of applicable airworthiness directives (AD)
including, for each, the method of compliance, the AD number, and revision
date. If the AD involves recurring action, the time and date when the next
action is required.
(vi) Copies of the forms prescribed by §43.9(a) of this chapter for
each major alteration to the airframe and currently installed engines,
rotors, propellers, and appliances.
(b) The owner or operator shall retain the following records for the
(1) The records specified in paragraph (a)(1) of this section shall be
retained until the work is repeated or superseded by other work or for 1
year after the work is performed.
(2) The records specified in paragraph (a)(2) of this section shall be
retained and transferred with the aircraft at the time the aircraft is
(3) A list of defects furnished to a registered owner or operator under
§43.11 of this chapter shall be retained until the defects are repaired
and the aircraft is approved for return to service.
(c) The owner or operator shall make all maintenance records required
to be kept by this section available for inspection by the Administrator
or any authorized representative of the National Transportation Safety
Board (NTSB). In addition, the owner or operator shall present Form 337
described in paragraph (d) of this section for inspection upon request of
any law enforcement officer.
(d) When a fuel tank is installed within the passenger compartment or a
baggage compartment pursuant to part 43 of this chapter, a copy of FAA
Form 337 shall be kept on board the modified aircraft by the owner or
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