Maintenance Placards

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FAA Safety Briefing, Mar/Apr 2012 "Advanced Preflight"
FAA Safety Briefing, Mar/Apr 2011 "Going Beyond Preflight"
FAA Safety Briefing, May/June 2009 "Airworthy or Not?"



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General Aviation Joint Steering Committee

Outreach Guidance Document
Maintenance Placards
2017/5-24-107 (I) PP

This outreach guidance is provided to all FAA and aviation industry groups that are participating in outreach efforts sponsored by the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC). It is important that all outreach on a given topic is coordinated and is free of conflicts. Therefore, all outreach products should be in alignment with the outline and concepts listed below for this topic.

Outreach Month: February 2018

Topic: Maintenance Placards (GAJSC SCF-SE-45)
The FAA and industry will conduct a public education campaign on the capabilities and benefits associated with Lock out/Tag out procedures and Maintenance Placards.


The GAJSC has identified a number of fatal general aviation accidents that were caused by attempting flight in aircraft that were undergoing maintenance and not yet returned to service. This safety enhancement suggests adopting lock out/tag out methodology to ensure pilots are aware of un-airworthy aircraft conditions.

Teaching Points:

  • Discuss the scope and safety benefits of lock out/tag out procedures and Maintenance Placards.
  • Acquaint pilots with available resources.
  • Encourage pilots to adopt more robust airworthiness status processes.