- Jun 27, 2017
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Looking for a aviation attorney in the New Orleans area I have talked with AOPA legal team. This has to do with faulty AP work.
Thanks in advance
Thanks in advance
Ugh! This sucks! I hope the $3500 was put on a credit card so you can at least recoup that amount. This is the line that stands out" the fsdo inspector mentioned he had personally known the guys at the shop for over 20 years". Hmm, biased in there favor? Have you contacted the previous owner of the aircraft? Clearly he knew he was selling you junk.The AOPA legal was very helpful , they gave me a list of local AOPA attorneys in the New Orleans area . I contacted several of them half of which didn’t associate with AOPA anymore the other half basically said my situation would be tough to get a settlement,
What happened in the fewest words possible, I purchased a plane , did some research on local shops and found one that seemed too have a good reputation to do a prebuy inspection, i was purchasing this plane based on 38 smoh and buying the plane to harvest the engine for a RV project. Sell the rest for parts . I specifically told the shop to make sure the engine was solid . Change oil ,check filter . inspect engine and logs . I was charged $3,500 for this which included turning the prebuy into a annual as I planned to fly this plane while the RV project was going. The mechanic informed me the filter looked good and engine was all new firewall forward no metal in the filter.. i paid for the plane . Went to pick the plane up to fly it 850 nm home , plane wouldn’t start . Battery cables corroded , one tip tank was bone dry later to find it was inop. Had to jump the plane to fly it home , upon a fuel stop had to be jumped again. Got the plane home flew another 10 hrs changed the oil to find no spin on filter but oil screens , which happened to be full of metal and debris and looked like by the safety wire and dust it hadn’t been touched , called mechanic he said fly another 10 hrs change oil again , did that to found 1/2 amount of metal in screens . Took plane to faa certified shop engine shop they found several things wrong just from visual inspection , engine needed new cylinders and pistons and a complete overhaul . Made a formal complaint with the fsdo which they found the shop did nothing wrong , as the fsdo inspector mentioned he had personally known the guys at the shop for over 20 years.. so I’m ready to take civil action against the shop even if i loose i want to make a record of the faulty work they did for anyone in the future.