Chapter 13. The Mechanic Certificate
65.89 Display of Certificate
Once a technician receives his or her mechanic certificate, the certificate must be kept in the immediate area where he or she normally conducts work and exercises the privileges of the certificate. When requested, the technician is required to present the certificate for inspection to the FAA, or any authorized representation from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), or any federal, state, or local law enforcement officer.
Inspection Authorization (by 14 CFR Section)
65.91 Inspection Authorization
An A & P mechanic who has held his or her certificate for at least 3 years, and has been active for the last 2 years, may submit application using FAA Form 8610-1, Mechanicís Application for Inspection Authorization, to the FAA for consideration as an IA. In addition to the preceding time requirements, the IA candidate must have:
The applicant who meets all the above criteria must then pass a written (computerized) test to determine his or her ability to inspect the airworthiness of an aircraft following either a major repair or alteration action or the performance of an annual or progressive inspection.
The minimum passing score for the computer test is 70 percent. If the applicant fails the test, retesting cannot be attempted until a minimum of 90 days have elapsed from the failure date. Unlike the A & P test, there is no reduction in this time if the applicant receives additional training.
65.92 Inspection Authorization: Duration
An IA certificate expires on March 31 of each odd numbered year, but may only be exercised during the time the technician holds a currently effective mechanic certificate. The IA ceases to be effective if:
Whenever the certificate is suspended or revoked, the technician must return it to the Administrator when requested by the FAA to do so.
65.93 Inspection Authorization: Renewal
An IA certificate may be renewed in one of the following ways each year the technician is seeking renewal:
No renewal is required for someone who received the IA during the first quarter of the calendar year, since the regulation states that anyone holding an IA for less than 90 days need not meet the preceding renewal requirements.
It should be noted that regulations clearly state the number of annual inspections and major repair or alteration inspections required for renewal are for each 90-day period and not in each 90-day period. Therefore, an IA could actually go 11 months without performing any inspection activity relative to renewal. Then, in March he or she could conduct all four necessary annual inspections, or all eight 337-related inspections. The regulations do not provide for the mixing of any of these renewal activities (i.e., two annual inspections and four Major Repair and Alteration forms).
Another method of renewal is to meet with the FAAassigned FSDO inspector who will determine that the applicant possesses current knowledge of the applicable regulations and standards. Although this is often considered the renewal method of last resort, it should not be considered a negative experience. If the IA has been performing his or her activities in a professional manner throughout the year, this session can be considered a professional follow-up or consultation. Proper IA-to-FSDO inspector interaction can be enhanced with such a meeting.
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