Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are you an FAA Part 145 Certified Repair Station?
No. At this time we are not an FAA Part 145 Certified Repair Station. We are looking at options to becoming a limited Part 145 Repair Station in the near future. The type of services offered will be disclosed at a later date.
2. What type of aircraft are you certified to work on?
As an FAA certificated A&P and IA with over 30 years of aircraft maintenance experience, Pete is eligible to work on most US registered aircraft. He has received formal "factory training" on several types of airplanes and helicopters. The FAA does not regulate aircraft maintenance training in the same manner as many other countries do, and therefore does not require that a person be "certified" to work on specific make and model aircraft. Pete does keep in mind that if a particular type of aircraft or aircraft system is beyond his capabilities or experience level then he will either seek assistance or decline the task, as would be required by the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). Working on foreign registered aircraft requires licensing and/or approvals by the respective country's aviation regulatory agency.
3. How many years has the owner been certificated by the FAA?
Peter has been FAA A&P certificated since 1994 and received his Inspection Authorization in 1997. He has held onto all of these ratings consistently without suspension, revocation, or surrender.
4. How far are you willing to travel to assist a customer?
In most cases distance is not an issue. However, it does depend upon Peter's availability for the requested task. Travel expenses are also billed to the customer using US federal guidelines for travel and per diem rates as well as current airfare ticketing prices, as applicable.
5. What are your fees?
Our fees are dependent upon the type of services rendered. In most cases the fees are based upon the entire job and not hourly. A fee schedule can be provided to you at your request.
6. What type of payment options are available for services rendered?
Cash, Credit Cards, and Paypal are all accepted forms of payment. Payments made by debit/credit cards are subject to a 3.5% convenience fee added to the total bill.
7. Why are you limited to piston-engine aircraft for appraisals?
Peter is currently only certified to perform appraisals on piston-engine powered aircraft. An additional appraisal rating is necessary for turbine-engine powered aircraft as required by the Professional Aircraft Appraisal Organization in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). We hope to be able to offer appraisal services on turbine-engine powered aircraft within the next year.
8. Do you also provide avionics services and installations?
Depending upon the installation request and complexity, we can provide either the full installation or the just the required "approved for return to service" documentation required once an installation is complete. Some installations are basic and pretty straight forward and only require a completed FAA Form 337 with an A&P and IA signature. Other installations require additional engineering support and approved documentation. This can be determined on a case by case basis, depending on what type of installation you require. We are not authorized to perform FAR 91.411 and FAR 91.413 pitot-static and transponder certification checks. We can only verify that your systems are working correctly or not, but we are not authorized to provide the bi-annual certification.
9. Do you provide any other services not disclosed on your website?
Yes. Pretty much any type of service that would require the need for an experienced aircraft mechanic with FAA, FCC and PAAO certifications. One area not discussed much is assisting individuals or groups in insurance claims and damage recovery. Peter has a great understanding of aircraft systems and has experience in dealing with accidents and incidents where inspecting aircraft and researching the aircraft records to almost a forensic level is required. He has also completed Paralegal training from Emory University in Atlanta, GA and has an understanding of legal proceedings and what is required for attorneys to be successful in presenting their case.