Mechanical Discrepancy: Put It in the Book, Then Call It In
All of us appreciate having an aircraft that is mechanically sound when we show up at the gate. A trend has been identified where pilots are not entering mechanical discrepancies in the Aircraft Maintenance Log (AML) until after they have conferred with an Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT).
APA has been advised of circumstances where radio communications have suggested not entering a discrepancy.
If a mechanical discrepancy is discovered – whether on the ground or in the air, during pre-flight, cruise, post-flight or through-flight – FAR 121.563 and Flight Manual Part 1, Section 5.3, paragraph 5.3.1.B are quite clear:
All discrepancies discovered by the Flight Crew shall be entered in the AML. The Captain is responsible for all Flight Crewmember entries into the AML. The Captain may delegate writing entries in the AML, but no entry may be made without the Captain’s prior knowledge and approval.
121.563 Reporting mechanical irregularities.
The pilot in command shall ensure that all mechanical irregularities occurring during flight time are entered in the maintenance log of the airplane at the end of that flight time. Before each flight the pilot in command shall ascertain the status of each irregularity entered in the log at the end of the preceding flight.
Please ensure you follow the FARs and FM Part 1 explicitly. It is the responsibility of each of us to ensure safe operation of our aircraft. The AMTs cannot fix what is not written and documented in the AML.
Thanks for your professionalism and expertise.