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Your operating limitations you received at the time of your airworthiness certification should have the exact wording.
Ditto the comments that the wording will already be in your operating limitations. However, I would be surprised if it did not look similar to this:
Condition inspections must be recorded in the aircraft maintenance records showing the
following or a similarly worded statement: "I certify that this aircraft has been inspected
on (insert date) in accordance with the scope and detail of appendix "D" to FAR Part
43 and found to be in a condition for safe operation." The entry will include the aircraft
total time in service, and the name, signature, certificate number, and type of certificate held
by the person performing the inspection.
These words are straight out of my FAA issued limitations paperwork.
I appreciate the info.
Feel like an idiot for not knowing to look there for the verbiage-but this is a learning process, right?
Anxious to get back in the air
Surely, as it has to be signed, have the name and certificate number of the certified inspector, this guy/gal should be very familiar with the process of performing the inspection and should know exactly where to look the words up?
As this was my first Annual Condition Inspection, I experienced a bit of a learning curve. But I'm certain that you've never had such difficulties, have you, Robin?
And by the way,
Don't call me Shirley
I don't know if the UK has an equivalent, but in the USA, the builder of an experimental aircraft can apply for and receive a "Repairman's Certificate" that enables the builder to do his/her own annual condition inspections. As long as you are a primary builder and have knowledge of the aircraft's systems, you can apply to the FAA and get the certificate - there are no required training courses or course materials, etc., so one may/may not know about specific wording for inspections, etc. - that's what forums like this are for - to disseminate information helpful to builders and flyers. For many of us, every bit of process and paperwork we encounter is for the very first time!
In the US, one can still employ an A&P "certified" mechanic to do the annual and as you say, I would expect that they should know about correct log entries, but even they may screw it up if they're not familiar with Experimental Amateur Built aircraft - many aren't!