Purchasing(and insuring) a low-hour mid-90's engine/aircraft

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Purchasing(and insuring) a low-hour mid-90's engine/aircraft

Postby pitfield » Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:17 am

I'm considering the purchase of a low-hour kit plane. The kit was made in about 1994, but not completed until 2008. The Rotax engine has just a few hundred hours on it, but is past its 15-year TBO. The engine is running well and there is no reason to think the lengthy storage was harmful.
Question: does running an engine past its TBO time (but well below its original hourly threshold) screw up insurance coverage??

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Postby Jim Stewart » Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:55 pm

Don't know about the insurance. I think the only authoritative source of information would be the policy itself.

For your own piece of mind, you should at least see that all the 5 year time limit rubber parts are replaced. If the engine is a 912, you can find a list of them in the Line Maintenance Manual.

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Postby Rtrhead » Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:00 pm

Unless the policy says so, I don't think it would be a problem. To be safe I would have your insurance agent "carefully" check with the underwiters, because some will probably have fine print about that, while others may not.

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