I know this will make some of you mad but dang it I want to know if many of you Ak pilots agree or disagree.
I recently had a set-tee with 2 of them.
One,.. a new to Ak guy and young. Not totally confident yet.
The other been here a long time. Maybe in his 40s..Seemed to be very competent and knew the regs..
So I tell them....."the prob I have dealing with AP/AIs is it's just to subjective"....
You'd thought I'd cussed Chuck Yeager or said Reeve was a fluke or Archie had no fun Ha!.
Here's how I look at it and I know there butts are on the line and they gotta try and follow the rules...FAA rules...got an attorney? Ha!.
1.There's the sign 'em off and get the $ guys.
2. There's the go-along-get-along AP/AI..He likes working on planes and does his best. He doesn't like conflict...like me. He honestly points out the unairworthy items and lets the owner know. He'll sign off after some discussion.
3. There's the competent ones that makes a list of the unworthy items and a list of squawks to do as time goes by. He generally won't sign off less the unairworthy items are done. He doesn't push it tho and has empahty for the owner.
4. These guys are annal to the nth degree and can cite the FAA rules and AP/AIs that have gotten sued for making mistakes and won't sign off no matter what.
5. The last one is got the plane in here and we're gonna make some money. They find things wrong even if there are none and like a road contractor always has overruns and more charges. IOW,...milk the sucker for all he is worth.
Luckily I've delt with the honest competent ones with my plane and have no complaints so far. 1st onew was annal tho ha!.
IOW...friends and neighbors it's subjective..It's subjective even for those that know the rules and regs and try to do the right thing.
Just my take on it and I ain't tryin to hammer AP/AIs any more then I do Attorneys or Realtors HA!.