In the latest edition of BAC Talk, I wrote Part 1 of How to Import a Plane into Canada. This has been well received thus far, but I made a few errors that I want to correct here, and I will make sure to mention them again in Part 2.Placards. In the article I mentioned that if the Placard is listed in the POH, you need to install it on the plane. This is not the case. If it is listed on the TYPE CERTIFICATE, if needs to be on the plane, in the location specified in the type certificate. In other words, the Type Certificate is the Bible when it comes to importing. Any dimensions or details that are mentioned there must be followed as well. In general, it is just the wording that has to be placed on the placard in the correct location.
Logs. I mentioned Logs are important, this is true as well as correct log book entries. This goes hand in hand with the 337 forms. If you have a 337 or a proper log book entry you are OK. Ideally you should have both, but if you are missing one or both, you may have a problem. This is not really an error in the article but rather a clarification. If you have a new radio in the plane, it should have a 337 unless it was STC’d as a primary replacement. No 337, well check the log. If there is no log entry, you may need to have the installation recertified here in Canada. That could be a bad thing depending on your avionics guy. Again, a potential problem that will cause delays. During the import if the inspector has a concern, he/she will simply mark the device as INOP and tell you to get it recertified.
More updates to follow!