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Old 01-10-2017, 09:41 AM
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Actually, for aircraft in the experimental category, there are no requirements for a logbook entry for anything other than condition inspections, transponder checks, or 100 hour inspections if they are required.

In the USA, anyone can do maintenance on an experimental aircraft.

Despite all that, I recommend treating an experimental just like a standard category aircraft; complete all AD/SDs, and log all maintenance.

I don't recommend replacing parts on a time in service basis however, except for rubber parts. I find that replacing on condition is the safest route, and the military agrees with me. Google the "Waddington Effect" for the background on this protocol.

Rotax previously had a 5 year "mandatory" rubber parts replacement schedule. The FAA told them that they could not make regs, so now it is not required. For fuel and oil lines I recommend "on condition", but for the coolant lines, it has been found that electrolysis occurs in the hoses where there is turbulence caused by the fittings, and they tend to degrade there. Because of this, you would be wise to replace the coolant lines every five years.
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