In the experience of Kathy Yodice, aviation attorney for AOPA's Pilot Protection Services and Legal Services Plan, FAA "ramp checks" are a bit of a mystery. She writes that the chances of being ramp checked are not too big. Still, it can happen to you any time that you're getting ready to take off or when you've just landed, so let's look at "What is a ramp inspection?" AOPA Online.
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