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    Engine overhaul and shops question

    To do and overhaul on an aircraft engine does it have to be a shop that does the work? I'm not talking about a home built type of deal.
    A search for do it yourself aircraft engine overhaul brought up tons of unrelated stuff.

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    An A&P can do an overhaul if he has the proper tools. But a repair shop set up for this kind of work may be better able to handle it.

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    At a bare minimum, the overhaul must be supervised and signed off by a mechanic with a powerplant license Installation back onto the airframe requires a signature of an A&P mechanic. The overhaul should be thoroughly documented in the logs and/or accompanying aircraft forms. When doing logbook reviews, I find most overhauls to be so poorly documented that they might as well have not bothered to make an entry, which makes the engine close to worthless when it comes to placing a value on it when you sell the plane, and is often times indicative of shoddy engine work. A log book entry that says "overhauled engine" may make it legal, but is pretty much meaningless without accompanying paperwork, parts lists, yellow tags, and specs.

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    A technician who tears down and rebuilds 100 engines a year or more is just more likely to do a higher quality job that a tech that does one engine a year. The practiced tech is also likely to do the work in less time.

    Looking at it another way, would you like to go to a heart surgeon who does 100 of your type of surgery each year or a surgeon who does only one?

    Best of luck,

    Wes

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    Quote Originally Posted by enginesrus View Post
    To do and overhaul on an aircraft engine does it have to be a shop that does the work? I'm not talking about a home built type of deal.
    A search for do it yourself aircraft engine overhaul brought up tons of unrelated stuff.
    Narrow your search down to 14CFR43. It's all there.

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