Maintenance schedule guidance for 500 hours per year - 182T?

7 months 2 weeks ago #1948 by STEVE ELLS
You're welcome. Cessna has done a very good job of making access to it's various maintenance programs and manuals available.

Let me know what program you like, and which one your decide to go with.


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7 months 2 weeks ago #1947 by eric mueller
Huge thanks for all of the info you sent over and your time putting it together. I appreciate the guidance.


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7 months 2 weeks ago #1945 by STEVE ELLS
Hi Eric;
There is an acceptable option for the once a year annual. It's called a Progressive Inspection and it sounds like exactly what you need.
This FAA approved maintenance program is detailed in FAR paragraph 91.409 title Inspections. I've copied the applicable parts below:
"(d) Progressive inspection. Each registered owner or operator of an aircraft desiring to use a progressive inspection program must submit a written request to the FAA Flight Standards district office having jurisdiction over the area in which the applicant is located, and shall provide—
(1) A certificated mechanic holding an inspection authorization, a certificated airframe repair station, or the manufacturer of the aircraft to supervise or conduct the progressive inspection;
(2) A current inspection procedures manual available and readily understandable to pilot and maintenance personnel containing, in detail—
(i) An explanation of the progressive inspection, including the continuity of inspection responsibility, the making of reports, and the keeping of records and technical reference material;
(ii) An inspection schedule, specifying the intervals in hours or days when routine and detailed inspections will be performed and including instructions for exceeding an inspection interval by not more than 10 hours while en route and for changing an inspection interval because of service experience;
(iii) Sample routine and detailed inspection forms and instructions for their use; and
(iv) Sample reports and records and instructions for their use;
(3) Enough housing and equipment for necessary disassembly and proper inspection of the aircraft; and
(4) Appropriate current technical information for the aircraft.
The frequency and detail of the progressive inspection shall provide for the complete inspection of the aircraft within each 12 calendar months and be consistent with the manufacturer's recommendations, field service experience, and the kind of operation in which the aircraft is engaged. The progressive inspection schedule must ensure that the aircraft, at all times, will be airworthy and will conform to all applicable FAA aircraft specifications, type certificate data sheets, airworthiness directives, and other approved data. If the progressive inspection is discontinued, the owner or operator shall immediately notify the local FAA Flight Standards district office, in writing, of the discontinuance. After the discontinuance, the first annual inspection under §91.409(a)(1) is due within 12 calendar months after the last complete inspection of the aircraft under the progressive inspection. The 100-hour inspection under §91.409(b) is due within 100 hours after that complete inspection. A complete inspection of the aircraft, for the purpose of determining when the annual and 100-hour inspections are due, requires a detailed inspection of the aircraft and all its components in accordance with the progressive inspection. A routine inspection of the aircraft and a detailed inspection of several components is not considered to be a complete inspection."

You can find all the details on Cessna's Progressive maintenance program starting on page 5-12-00 in chapter 5-of the 206T service manual.

Cessna also has devised what it calls a "Phase Card Inspection program." The 206T service manual describes this program below:
"PhaseCard inspection program which is geared toward high-utilization flight operations
(approximately 600 flight hours per year). This system utilizes 50-hour intervals (Phase 1 and
Phase 2) to inspect high-usage systems and components. At 12 months or 600 flight hours,
whichever occurs first, the airplane undergoes a complete (Phase 3) inspection. PhaseCard
Inspection programs can be ordered through Propeller Aircraft Product Support. P.O. Box
7706, Wichita, KS 67277, Phone (316) 941-7550, Fax (316) 942-9006."

I believe the information and details in the service manual describing the Progressive inspection (that includes the inspection checklist forms needed) under (2) above will be good enough for the FSDO to approve that part of the program.

You'll have to name a mechanic to administer the program and show that he or you has the tools and the facility to perform the required tasks.
If you elect to adopt the Phase Card Inspection Program you will need to contact Cessna Product Aircraft Support and order the program docs.

I don't have any experience with the Phase Card program so can't advise for or against it. I do know that the Progressive inspection program works very well; the hard part is the work required to create the doc required by the FAA and the motivation to get your FSDO to approve the program.

I have attached chapter 5 from the 206/T206 maintenance manual.

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7 months 2 weeks ago #1944 by eric mueller
Thoughts on a maintenance schedule for a 182T that I'm flying about 500 hours per year? Is there a good approach that includes more frequent maintenance than an annual, but less than full 100-hour inspections? How do other owners handle this?

The plane is a 2016 182T with 400 TT on the engine, prop and airframe. Thanks for your help on this.

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