Personal minimums checklist for maintenance

Before you start a maintenance task in aviation, use the following checklist to make sure you’re ready.

Before you begin the task

Ask yourself the following:

  1. Have I had the proper training?
  2. Have I done this before?
  3. Do I have the knowledge I need?
  4. Do I have the technical data I need?
  5. Do I have the proper tools and equipment I need?
  6. Am I mentally prepared?
  7. Am I physically prepared?
  8. Have I taken the proper safety precautions?
  9. Do I have the required resources to perform the tasks?
  10. Have I researched the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs), airworthiness directives, service bulletins, and service difficulty reports to ensure compliance?

After the task

Ask yourself the following:

  1. Did I perform the task to the best of my abilities?
  2. Did I perform the job task without pressure, stress and distraction?
  3. Did I perform the task using appropriate data?
  4. Did I use all the methods, techniques and practices acceptable to the industry?
  5. Did I or someone else re-inspect my work before returning the aircraft to service?
  6. Is the result equal to or better than the original design?
  7. Did I accomplish and record the required “independent checks” of affected controls?
  8. Did I record proper entries for the work I performed?
  9. Did I perform operational checks after the work was complete?
  10. Am I willing to sign off for the work performed?
  11. Am I willing to fly in the aircraft once it is approved for return to service?

Adapted from the Aviation Safety Program, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


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