How about looking into getting Maintainers onto the airport?

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How about looking into getting Maintainers onto the airport?

Posted by Edward Klapka on Oct 28, 2017 3:58 pm

Good Job, AOPA, helping municipalities generate competition at their airports for fuel and other services!

How about looking into the aspects of getting maintenance providers onto the field and what should be "best practices"?

Our airport has 1 Maintenance Shop on the field but that isn't adequate for the demand nor do all of the aircraft owners want to use that shop.  Although the hangars are owned by the County, they are leased back to the developer who requires an Agreement with any Maintenance Service Provider to enter the hangar area.  The Agreement is ostensibly a requirement that the Service Provider have adequate insurance but it includes provisions that the Maintenance Service Provider's Insurance companies will not abide.  Further, the hangar developers appear to have no incentive to perfect the Agreement so that it is acceptable to maintenance providers.

Our airport has nearly $10M in Federal AIP grants but we airplane owners have the option of trying to get the attention of the one maintenance shop on the field or flying out for maintenance.  

There has got to be a better way and some middle ground.  
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Re: How about looking into getting Maintainers onto the airport?

Posted by Ronald Levy on Nov 6, 2017 12:03 pm

Edward Klapka:

How about looking into the aspects of getting maintenance providers onto the field and what should be "best practices"?

​Have you looked through the FAA Airport Compliance Manual (link below) and examined your airport's restrictions for compliance with the provisions of that manual (especially Chapter 10 on Reasonable Commercial Minimum Standards)?  If there are discrepancies, have you made a complaint to the FAA Airport District Office covering your airport (see Chapter 5 of that manual on Complaint Resolution)?

https://www.faa.gov/airports/resources/publications/orders/compliance_5190_6/

And see https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/arp/regional_offices/ to find the ADO covering your airport.

Re: How about looking into getting Maintainers onto the airport?

Posted by Edward Klapka on Nov 7, 2017 6:58 pm

Ron-  Great vectors.  Thank you.

However, in reading the documents, there is no discussion of itinerant Maintainers, only brick and mortar shops.  Does anyone have any existing guidance or language which addresses itinerant maintenance providers?

ted

Re: How about looking into getting Maintainers onto the airport?

Posted by Ronald Levy on Nov 7, 2017 10:20 pm

Edward Klapka:
Ron-  Great vectors.  Thank you.

However, in reading the documents, there is no discussion of itinerant Maintainers, only brick and mortar shops.  Does anyone have any existing guidance or language which addresses itinerant maintenance providers?

​Itinerant maintainers (the "out of the back of the pickup" sort) are covered by the provisions regarding owners arranging their own maintenance in their own hangars.

 

Re: How about looking into getting Maintainers onto the airport?

Posted by Edward Klapka on Nov 8, 2017 4:10 pm

Forgive me for appearing to be contentious, but I don't believe that is correct.  Hence the concern.  To do Self Maintenance, it has to be one's self, or true employees.  The AC and Compliance Document talk about the ability to verify employment, such as with a W-4.

What appears to be under addressed, is the ability to bring in a contractor.
I can find references where one might be able to justify it from implicit language, but I have little that provides an explicit justification.  

Thanks,

ted

Re: How about looking into getting Maintainers onto the airport?

Posted by Ronald Levy on Nov 8, 2017 6:46 pm

Ted:

​Contact the FAA ADO for your area with your question.  See my post above for how to find that office.

Ron