The Technical log book!

Pilots seek clear information about aircraft maintenance. AEI and ECA emphasize  the importance of the Technical log book in a position paper

The Technical Log must provide the most relevant and up to date information about the status of the aircraft at a glimpse. For example, it must include the current aircraft Certificate of Release to Service (CRS), signed by certifying staff – a licensed aircraft engineer. The Technical Log must also feature all outstanding deferred defects rectifications that affect the operation of the aircraft and all critical maintenance tasks. All this information together with a statement of maintenance due in the nearby future must be available and be checked by the commander before flight. 

There is no doubt that better Information alone cannot make up for any maintenance deficiencies, insufficiently qualified maintenance staff or a lack of oversight. But having it, will assist the crew in the flight and failure management and eventually help to avert incidents or even accidents. 

Link to the AEI and ECA position paper

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