Chapter 13. The Mechanic Certificate

65.14 Security Disqualification

This section was added following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It basically states that anyone determined by the TSA to be a security threat will either have their application held if they are applying for a certificate, or have the certificate that they do hold revoked.

65.15 Duration of Certificate

Mechanics certificates are effective until they are surrendered, suspended, or revoked. The difference in these terms can be summarized briefly this way:

  • Surrendered means given up voluntarily.
  • Suspended means the FAA temporarily removed the certificate from the holder.
  • Revoked means the FAA permanently removed the certificate from the holder.

65.16 Change of Name: Replacement of Lost or Destroyed Certificate

If the technician changes his or her name, or is seeking a replacement certificate, an application must be submitted to the FAA at:

Federal Aviation Administration

Airmen Certification Branch (AFS-760)

P.O. Box 25082

Oklahoma City, OK 73125

There is a charge for this service.

65.17 Test: General Procedure

The FAA has designated certain persons to administer the tests associated with obtaining a mechanic certificate. The minimum passing score for these tests is 70 percent.

65.18 Written Tests: Cheating or Other Unauthorized Content

If the mechanic or repairmen applicant is determined to be cheating, or otherwise involved in unauthorized conduct, they are not eligible for any certificate or rating under this chapter for a period of 1 year. Furthermore, current ratings the person already holds may also be suspended or revoked. Unacceptable conduct for written tests consists of:

  • Copying or intentionally removing the test.
  • Giving or receiving any part of a copy of the test.
  • Giving or receiving help during the test taking period.
  • Using any material or aid during the test taking period.
  • Intentionally causing, assisting, or participating in any of the previous acts.

65.19 Retesting After Failure

Should the mechanic or repairman fail to achieve the required minimum passing grade, there are two options they may consider when desiring to apply for retesting:

  • Wait a period of 30 days after the date of test failure.
  • Seek additional instruction in the subject matter areas he or she failed, and provide a signed statement from the certificated technician providing the instruction.

65.20 Applications, Certificates, Logbooks, Reports, and Records: Falsification, Reproduction, or Alteration

In 14 CFR part 43, paragraphs 9 and 11, defines the requirements for a technician to make appropriate entries in the maintenance/inspection records for the work performed. This proper documentation is fundamental to safe and efficient operation of the U.S. civil aircraft fleet. Therefore, the FAA takes strong action against those who would participate in the falsification of those records. The following actions are the basis for suspending or revoking any certificate or rating held by the person invoked:

  • Fraudulent or intentional false statement on an application.
  • Fraudulent or intentional false statement in any logbook, record, or report required to show compliance with any certificate requirements.
  • Any reproduction (for fraudulent purposes) of a certificate or rating.
  • Any alteration of any certificate or rating under this part.
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