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CFO Inspection Checklist

The CFO Checklist is designed to help our Members in the ownership of their Cardinals, guiding their inspections through such tasks as at an annual, before that first spring flight, at annual inspection or to pre-qualify the aircraft before putting it up for sale.

If you are a prospective Cardinal purchasers, the Checklist will provide a virtual cirriculm of Cardinal learning, a great way to learn the details required to make you a safe, frugal and happy Cardinal owner. We have all travelled down this path in our time and this checklist is your framework to share in the knowledge we share on this site.

The Checklist may also assist in the pre-purchase buyer walkaround or as a checklist for the person doing the formal prepurchase inspection. However, be aware that this list has only the list of issues. To understand specifically what to look for and what it means, you must click through to the subject articles.

Don't make the mistake of thinking that an A&P with just this list in hand will accurately assess a Cardinal. Some may have personally experienced these issues in the maintenance of a Cardinal, but most have not. The list is perhaps most effective when used by a Cardinal expert who has inspected hundreds of Cardinals across time. Such people do exist... several options can be found in the CFO sponsor links.

Common things such as compression check, inspection of spark plugs, prop blade inspection, AD searches which are the normal pervue of the A&P mechanic are not covered here. Only those items with unique significant to the Cardinal are on this list.

Many of the items are fairly small. Not all are definite deal-killers, although any of them will bring some degree of cost and effort. And some lead to deeper understanding of the history of a particular aircraft, which may add up to information of value during a purchase.

Membership is required to enter this learning system. If the cost of membership seems daunting, remember that you have spent or are about to spend many thousands of dollars on this aircraft. The annual cost of $34.00 is around .05% of the value of your airplane, or 10% of the cost of a full tank of fuel. Not a very large investment in exchange for being more certain about your purchase or protection of your asset.

Most members see their investment repaid within days or hours of joining. We look forward to welcoming you into CFO membership as well as Cardinal Ownership with as much knowledge as possible.

In all cases the final determination of airworthiness or the degree of potential trouble in areas of concern should be left to a licensed mechanic. Regardless of any suggestions or information that might be exchanged herein, Federal Aviation Regulations, the aircraft operating manual and various transmittals from the FAA and aircraft and component manufacturers remain the ultimate authority.

To view the checklist, use the section links along the left side or click here to open the checklist.

These pages are a collection of the ideas and impressions of the Cardinal pilots who frequent this site. This information is anecdotal, informal and may not be completely accurate. The Cardinal Flyers are not certified mechanics and do not guarantee the accuracy of the contents of these pages. Please research and confirm anything that is referenced on these pages with the experts appropriate to your situation.

As always, the Cessna maintenance, operations and flight manuals, and the advice of a certified mechanic and flight instructor, should be your primary sources of information regarding safe maintenance and operation of your aircraft.

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