Task Cards: one of the most utilized, yet misunderstood tools we have when accomplishing an inspection or repair to an aircraft. Task cards are invaluable for proving that the work accomplished on the aircraft was done correctly. Other instructions delineating work that needs to be accomplished correctly to an aircraft can be found in the aircraft’s SRM Manual or by Engineering Order (EO).

Although the SRM and EOs from aircraft OEMs and Engineering firms have been around since almost the beginning, the creation of the task card is relatively new in the world of aviation maintenance. Predating the task card is, of course, Title 14 CFRs. These sections specify what criteria is needed to constitute both a proper logbook entry, and a Return to Service of the aircraft after a maintenance event.

Most task cards generated to assist the technician performing the work on an aircraft DO NOT meet this criteria. Task Cards, like Engineering Orders and SRM Manual references, should be used just that way … as data reference in the development of a legal Part 43 Maintenance (Logbook) Entry.


The objective of this course is to better understand Task Cards, Engineering Orders, and SRM Reference data; and their relative importance to inspecting and/or repairing an aircraft. When this information is appropriate to use in logbook entries or a return to service document, and how it should be included in the aircraft’s record.


This course will benefit A&P Technicians and Students, Repair Station Inspectors, Repairmen, and anyone needing a better understanding of the proper use of task cards and other reference data.

Bruce Spaulding

Bruce is a twenty-year veteran of the US Armed Forces where he worked on various military and civilian aircraft, eventually earning his Airframe and Powerplant License. Upon retiring from the military, Bruce began instructing at a well-known Aviation School teaching various courses on aircraft documentation, records management, and logbook discipline. While working in the US Military, and even after-words as an A&P Instructor, Bruce continues to consult with various Part 91, 125 and 135 Operators on the proper management and administration of aircraft records and documentation. With a drive to teach both beginning and seasoned aircraft maintenance professionals in the care and handling of the important documents we use every day in business aviation, Bruce joined The Foundation for Business Aircraft Records Excellence as its primary Instructor for BAR’s Educational Courses on Business Aircraft Documentation and Recordkeeping.

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