Position Paper

Maintenance Action by Pilots

Feb 16, 2017


Pilot maintenance is defined as actions performed by pilots beyond the visual assessment required for a pre-flight inspection. Pilot maintenance actions result from a malfunction and can typically require cycling/deactivating of circuit breakers on the flight deck and/or passenger cabin, visually checking the operation of flight control surfaces, operation of switches in the flight deck and/or passenger cabin, performing software tests, applying INOP stickers, visual confirmation that doors are closed & locked, and more.

Pilot maintenance actions have to be adequately trained, during type qualification, recurrent training and if applicable by on the job training before performing the maintenance action.

This paper provides IFALPA's perspective on maintenance action by pilots.