Why? Because managing and administrating aircraft Maintenance Records (Logbooks) is expensive!
And who manages and administrates these important documents? The people responsible for maintaining business aircraft: A&P Technicians.
By conservative estimates, aircraft logbooks cost the business aviation community over $175M annually, equating to about $7,000 per aircraft, each year.
But of that total number, a clear 80% of these costs are directly related to maintenance personnel and their necessary interaction with the aircraft’s record.
You would think that today’s high-tech and sophisticated aircraft would have high-tech and sophisticated records knowing that the all-important maintenance history of an aircraft is almost as important as the aircraft itself.
However, when looking at logbook after logbook and aircraft record after record, we find a common trend: most Aircraft Logbooks today are unorganized, many times inaccurate, and often lack critical information vital to the aircraft’s Airworthiness.
Aircraft logbooks are in a word: Deplorable!
According to several well-known Aviation Law firms; problems with aircraft logbooks: missing, misplaced, or incomplete information in an aircraft’s record is experienced in approximately one out of every five aircraft sales transactions in the world today.
Not to mention the time and expense Aircraft Operators, Management Companies, and FAR 135 Certificate Holders spend looking for this same information time and time again using experienced maintenance personnel to research information to provide proof that the aircraft is Airworthy (or what can be done to make it so).
Almost all of these costs are ultimately born by the aircraft’s owner.
Fewer Mistakes made by the A&P Technicians creating and managing the aircraft’s logbook means less research time and cost incurred by the aircraft owner.
It’s a simple formula; the more educated the aircraft technicians are when it comes to completing and managing aircraft records, the better the aircraft record is likely to be to begin with; and the better the aircraft record is to begin with, the less costly it is for the aircraft owner when it comes time to glean valuable information from it.
And in our world of capitalism; the less money an aircraft owner has to spend to research disorganized and chaotic records using high dollar “logbook experts”, the more money is available to have better trained technicians to manage and administrate the aircraft’s logbooks to begin with.