Old FAA saying: "When the weight of the paperwork exceeds the aircraft's empty weight, you're ready for flight."  Whenever a major repair or major alteration (such as recovering an entire airplane), the mechanic "... shall record the work on FAA Form 337 and have the work inspected and approved by a mechanic who holds ... [Complete the sentence, while thinking about certificated aircraft, not homebuilts.]


An inspection authorization (IA)


An airframe and powerplant authorization (A&P)


An airframe and engine authorization (A&E)


A large spanner

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