Here is a document that may help you understand what an annual is and what it is not. This is an FAA publication for holders of Inspection Authorization authority. It is a good read just to know what A&P's / IA's have to do to work for you.
Paperwork required to annual a certified aircraft in the U.S. There are several documents that need to be in the airplane for an annual inspection to take place. First is the aircraft's airworthiness certificate. Second is both the aircraft , engine log and a prop log if the prop has a separate book. At the very least we need the current ones, but we could use all you have to confirm compliance of AD's and aircraft history.
These documents should be in the plane to, but are not required for the annual inspection: The current aircraft registration (you should have it if it was flown to us). A current weight and balance. An aircraft flight manual if required by CAR3 or FAR 23 and a minimum equipment list, if so required.
Annuals and Condition Inspections are a necessary part of aviation and we provide the serviceOur shop rate as of 1/1/2022 is $89.00 per hour for single reciprocating, HP singles and twins $99.99 per hour and $135.00 per hour for turbine
While we have a flat rate listings for most aircraft we reserve the right to do time and material service. Most of the GA fleet has reached the 40-50 year old status and with that goes the increased need for additional maintenance over and a above just getting an aircraft just to pass the annual or 100 hour.
If your coming to us for the first time, we only will do a time and materials annual inspection. We are very fortunate to have several outstanding A&P's we great eyes and an anal retentive disposition. Safety is the first thing in our minds. My saying is "you can't just pull over to the side of the road!"
It has come to our attention that many aircraft owners are neglecting to follow FAR 14 part 91.411, which requires the testing and certification if flown IFR of the altimeter, static system and encoder and FAR 14 part 91.413 if a transponder is installed in the aircraft, for the Transponder test and certification. These tests are to occur every two years.
While these tests are NOT necessary for an annual inspection to be carried out and completed, they are required by the FAA to fly legally within the USA. We want you to be safe and in compliance. If your ramp checked and a few months out of compliance its one thing, but if you have not visited an avionics shop in 5 years or more, you may have a problem. Also, most insurance companies require you as the owner/pilot to be in compliance with all FAR's including part 91. I don't have to tell you what insurance companies do when they find a way out of a claim.
There are three capable Avionics shops in our area that can perform these tests:
Wilco Aviation Services, Inc.
1843 Commerce Dr.
South Bend, IN 46628
Call Jason at 219-608-0030
Premier Avionics, LLC
11007 W Perimeter Rd,
Fort Wayne, IN 46809
Three Rivers Municipal, Dr. Haines Airport
1200 Flight Line Dr #516, Three Rivers, MI 49093
We make use of our borescope equipment. First to identify engine issues in the cylinders, looking at exhaust valves primarily but also the intake valves seat and cylinder walls.
Below we have access to places a mirror would not go inside airframes.
As of January 1, 2022 we will not be performing Condition Inspections on Experimental or Light Sport aircraft as a general rule. The exceptions are SLSA aircraft that are used for pilot training by either Part 141 flight schools or Part 91/65 flight training providers.