What you are purchasing from Burnside Aerospace:

Burnside Aerospace will provide the service of inspecting the aircraft in question at a mutually agreeable location. The inspection usually takes 8 - 15 hours at the aircraft (first inspections take longer than the minimum) and 2 - 3 hours to write up the results afterwards.

I strongly recommend that you (the owner) be present at the inspection so that you can become more intimately familiar with the aircraft.

After the inspection I will provide you with a completed checklist of all the items on the aircraft (approximately 200 - 250 items) that I inspected, as well as the results for each item. Any items that did not meet my interpretation of the aircraft or general FAA (Part 43, Appendix D) specifications/requirements will be written up in a "residual item" list, divided into "Safety Related", "Legal/Documentation Related", "Keep an Eye On" and "other" categories.

What the Condition Inspection costs:

  • Simple Condition Inspection (includes first 11 hours of labor): $1100
  • Complex Condition Inspection (includes first 16 hours of labor): $1650
  • Extra Work Time: $103/hr.
  • Travel Time: $75/hr.
  • Travel Distance (my car/aircraft): $0.535/mi.
  • Any and all Other out-of-pocket expenses (airfare, car rental, motel, meals, etc.)

All out-of-pocket travel expenses will require payment when reservations are made. A final invoice for labor and other costs will be sent after the inspection occurs. If the aircraft is brought to Tehachapi Municipal Airport (KTSP) for the inspection, there will be no travel expenses incurred and I will provide all tools/equipment.

What you should have available prior to the inspection:

  • A CLEAN AIRCRAFT - this means engine compartment degreasing, interior vacuuming, wheel area brake dust cleaning, etc.
  • Copies of all AROW documents (Airworthiness Certificate, Registration, FAA Operating Limitations, latest W&B)
  • Copies of all Logbooks (airframe, engine, prop, etc.)
  • Copies of all Builders logs (if available)
  • Full Equipment List for aircraft
  • List of all non-operational components of aircraft
  • List of all areas of aircraft that are known to need repair, refurbishment, or other work
  • List of all applicable AD's/SB's for engine or appliances and compliance status

What we will need to have at the Condition Inspection:

  • Wing Jacks (or ability to put wings up on sawhorses to get the main gear off the ground)
  • Compressed Air (for compression check)
  • Compression Checker - tested and working (I can provide if notified)
  • All tools for disassembly of all cowls / wheel pants / access panels / spark plugs / etc.
  • Electricity
  • Consumables as required (oil, brake fluid, etc.)
  • Indoor Well Lighted Work Area
  • Borescope (I will provide)

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let me know!