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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : mth|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Light Transport, Low Wing, 2 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 130|
flight time total : 5000
|Function||observation : air carrier inspector|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
During a ramp check these items were pointed out: weight and balance data in flight manual was inadequate, computation was missing, but end result was there. One static wick was missing. The MEL was the old type (3 column), and did not address serial #, only type. Unable to determine the due date of the liferaft. Despite these findings we were told by the inspector that we could continue the trip. How to prevent this from happening again. We have approved ways of determining the weight and balance of our airplane. This way does not require us to look in the flight manual, but after this I will look every time. You can never be too sure. The static wick was broken off during overnight in pbi. I found out that we have a request by local FAA for a new MEL. It has been at the FAA for over a year awaiting approval. The due date seems to be altered on the life raft. I did not check the date. I relied on the people that put the raft in the airplane. However, a raft was not required on the flight to mth. Again you can not be too careful by checking everything.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: FAA RAMP CHECK REVEALS MANY DISCREPANCIES ON CHARTER ACFT.
Narrative: DURING A RAMP CHECK THESE ITEMS WERE POINTED OUT: WEIGHT AND BALANCE DATA IN FLT MANUAL WAS INADEQUATE, COMPUTATION WAS MISSING, BUT END RESULT WAS THERE. ONE STATIC WICK WAS MISSING. THE MEL WAS THE OLD TYPE (3 COLUMN), AND DID NOT ADDRESS SERIAL #, ONLY TYPE. UNABLE TO DETERMINE THE DUE DATE OF THE LIFERAFT. DESPITE THESE FINDINGS WE WERE TOLD BY THE INSPECTOR THAT WE COULD CONTINUE THE TRIP. HOW TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN. WE HAVE APPROVED WAYS OF DETERMINING THE WEIGHT AND BALANCE OF OUR AIRPLANE. THIS WAY DOES NOT REQUIRE US TO LOOK IN THE FLT MANUAL, BUT AFTER THIS I WILL LOOK EVERY TIME. YOU CAN NEVER BE TOO SURE. THE STATIC WICK WAS BROKEN OFF DURING OVERNIGHT IN PBI. I FOUND OUT THAT WE HAVE A REQUEST BY LOCAL FAA FOR A NEW MEL. IT HAS BEEN AT THE FAA FOR OVER A YEAR AWAITING APPROVAL. THE DUE DATE SEEMS TO BE ALTERED ON THE LIFE RAFT. I DID NOT CHECK THE DATE. I RELIED ON THE PEOPLE THAT PUT THE RAFT IN THE AIRPLANE. HOWEVER, A RAFT WAS NOT REQUIRED ON THE FLT TO MTH. AGAIN YOU CAN NOT BE TOO CAREFUL BY CHECKING EVERYTHING.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.