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Section 5  Certificate Repairman for Experimental Aircraft Under 14 CFR 65.104


A.    Maintenance: 3510.

B.    Avionics: 5510.

5-1217    OBJECTIVE. This section provides guidance for the issuance of Repairman Experimental Aircraft Builder Certificates and the cancellation of surrendered certificates.

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5-1218    GENERAL. Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 65, 65.104 says the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issues Repairman Experimental Aircraft Certificates for individual builders of aircraft certificated under the 14 CFR part 21 experimental category for the purpose of performing conditional inspections. Part 21, 21.191(g) defines an “amateur-built aircraft” as an aircraft “the major portion of which has been fabricated and assembled by persons who undertook the construction project solely for their own education or recreation.” These repairmen certificated under 65.104 and 65.107 are in no way associated with repairmen certificated under  65.103.

A.    Primary Builder. The FAA may only certificate the primary builder of each amateur-built aircraft as a repairman. As such, the primary builder is privileged to perform condition inspections of the same scope as 14 CFR part 43 appendix D.

B.    Aircraft Manufacturing Companies. Aircraft manufacturing companies that produce experimental aircraft are not eligible for Repairmen Certificates for amateur-built aircraft.


A.    Residency and Age. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or an individual admitted for permanent residence in the United States. The applicant must also be at least 18 years of age, and the primary builder of the aircraft.

1)    When a club, school, or partnership builds an aircraft, the FAA considers only one individual (such as the class instructor or designated project leader) for issuance of a Repairman Certificate for that aircraft.
2)    An individual working alone who applies for a Repairman Certificate must build the majority of the aircraft in order to be eligible for the certificate.

B.    Requisite Skill. The FAA will consider applicants to have the requisite skill to determine whether the aircraft is in a condition for safe operation when at least one of the conditions below applies:

1)    The airworthiness inspector has knowledge that the individual builder constructed the aircraft. The inspector may accept information from another airworthiness inspector involved in the original aircraft certification and familiar with the builder’s expertise.

NOTE:  The current edition of Advisory Circular (AC) 20-27, Certification and Operation of Amateur‑Built Aircraft, notes that amateur builders have adopted the practice of calling upon a person having expertise with aircraft construction techniques, such as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) technical counselors, to inspect components and conduct other inspections as necessary. This practice has been highly successful in ensuring construction integrity. Therefore, FAA inspectors may use EAA technical counselors as resources in verifying the builder’s expertise.

2)    The applicant presents satisfactory evidence, such as the aircraft construction logbook.
3)    The applicant proves to the satisfaction of the inspector an ability to perform condition inspections and an ability to determine whether or not the aircraft is in a condition for safe operation.
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5-1220    PRIVILEGES AND LIMITATIONS. The builder of a certificated experimental aircraft, who also holds a Repairman Certificate for that aircraft, may perform the condition inspections required by the operating limitations. The certificate holder will perform condition inspections in the same scope as in part 43 appendix D. The Repairman Certificate will identify the aircraft by make, model, serial number, and certification date using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format.

A.    Operating Limitations. During the aircraft certification process, the FAA issues operating limitations, as required by 14 CFR part 91, 91.319, to ensure an adequate level of safety.

B.    Annual Condition Inspection. The operating limitations require that a repairman, appropriately rated repair station, or the holder of an FAA Mechanic Certificate with airframe and powerplant ratings, inspect the subject aircraft annually.

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5-1221    RECIPROCAL ACCEPTANCE BETWEEN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES. U.S. or Canadian amateur-built aircraft that are acceptable under the provisions of 21.191(g) or appropriate for certification in Canada under Canadian Aviation Regulation (CAR) section 549.01 are allowed free reciprocal access between Canada and the United States.

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A.    Streamlined Special Flight Authorization (SFA) for Canadian Amateur-Built Aircraft. To qualify for this authorization, pilots must hold at least a Canadian private pilot license (PPL) and agree to abide by the terms of the authorization. See the following Web site to agree to the terms for the authorization: https://www.faa.gov/aircraft/gen_av/ultralights/sfa/media/amateur.pdf.

B.    Operating U.S. Amateur-Built Aircraft in Canada. Similarly, Transport Canada (TC) authorizes U.S. amateur-built aircraft to operate in Canada under the terms of its Standardised Validation of a Special Airworthiness Certificate-Experimental, for the purpose of operating a U.S.-Registered amateur-built aircraft in Canadian airspace. To find the Canadian terms that authorize U.S. amateur-built aircraft to operate in Canada, refer to https://www.faa.gov/aircraft/gen_av/ultralights/sfa/media/tcauth.pdf.

5-1222    SURRENDER OF CERTIFICATE. Certificate holders should surrender Repairman Certificates whenever the aircraft is destroyed. However, if the aircraft is sold, the repairman may elect to retain the certificate in order to perform condition inspections on the aircraft for the new owner. Forward surrendered certificates, with a brief statement of reasons for surrender, to:

FAA - Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center

Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760

P.O. Box 25082

Oklahoma City, OK 73125

NOTE:  The certificate holder cannot transfer the certificate to the new owner.

5-1223    COORDINATION REQUIREMENTS. This task may require coordination with other airworthiness aviation safety inspectors (ASI) familiar with the applicant’s skill and knowledge.


A.    References (current editions):

    AC 20-27, Certification and Operation of Amateur-Built Aircraft.

    AC 65-23, Certification of a Repairman (Experimental Aircraft Builders).

    FAA Order 8130.2, Airworthiness Certification of Products and Articles.

B.    Forms:

    FAA Form 8610-2, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application.

    FAA Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certificate.

C.    Job Aids. None.

5-1225    PROCEDURES.

A.    Verify the Applicant’s Eligibility. Ensure that:

1)    The applicant is at least 18 years of age.
2)    The applicant meets the requirements of 65.104.
3)    The applicant proves to the satisfaction of the inspector an ability to perform condition inspections and an ability to determine whether the aircraft is in a condition of safe operation.
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4)    A positive form of picture identification that includes the applicant’s signature, such as a current U.S. driver’s license, passport, or U.S. military identification, is presented in person at the time of application and temporary certificate issuance. In addition, the applicant must provide an address where the applicant currently resides. An applicant can use a post office box, rural route, Aviation Maintenance Technician School (AMTS) address, personal mailbox, commercial mail drop, or other mail drop as the applicant’s preferred mailing address; however, the applicant must also furnish a physical residential address, a map or written directions to the applicant’s physical address, 911 address, or Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates. This information must be included with the application.
5)    In special cases where the applicant resides on a boat, the applicant includes the applicable name of the boat and the dock/slip number. If the applicant resides in a recreational vehicle (RV), the applicant should include the applicable tag number and registration number.
6)    ASIs should record the identification method in the “Remarks” section on the back of FAA Form 8610-2 and ensure that the applicant meets the minimum age and citizenship requirements. Attach applicable map or directions to the applicant’s residence to FAA Form 8610-2, if required.
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B.    Review Applications. Ensure that the applicant checks the box for “Repairman Certificate” and indicates the rating he or she seeks (i.e., the applicant checks the box for “Repairman” at the top of the form and writes underneath, in the space for “Specify Rating,” the words “Experimental Aircraft Builder”). Complete the “FAA Inspector’s Report” portion on the reverse side of FAA Form 8610-2 and ensure that you have checked the “Approved” box. The date of issuance (using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format) on the temporary Airman Certificate must be the same eight-digit date shown in the Inspector’s Report.

NOTE:  See Table 5-5, Instructions for Completing FAA Form 8610-2 (Experimental Aircraft Builder), for specific instructions.

Table 5-5.  Instructions for Completing FAA Form 8610-2 (Experimental Aircraft Builder)

NOTE:  The applicant can omit section II.

Section I – Applicant Information:

A.  Name: First, Middle, Last – Applicant must enter his/her legal name.

B.  Social Security Number – Disclosure of the Social Security number is optional; however, item B cannot be left blank. Enter a U.S. Social Security number, “DO NOT USE,” or “NONE.”

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C.   DOB – Applicant must enter his/her date of birth using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format.

D.  Height – Applicant must enter his/her height in inches.

E.  Weight – Applicant must enter his/her weight in pounds.

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F.   Hair – Applicant must spell out his/her hair color. Acceptable colors are bald, brown, black, blond, gray, white, and red.

G.  Eyes – Applicant must spell out his/her eye color. Acceptable colors are brown, black, blue, hazel, gray, and green.

H.  Sex – Enter M for male or F for female.

I.    Nationality (Citizenship) – The applicant enters the country in which he/she maintains citizenship. If dual citizenship, enter one on the application and the certificate will show the other as a limitation on the certificate (e.g., “Dual citizenship includes Canada.”).

J.    Place of Birth – The applicant enters the city and state if born in the United States. If the city is unknown, enter the county and state. If the applicant was born outside the United States, enter the name of the city and country, or province and country. If the applicant was not born in a city and country or a province and country, enter that information in the “REMARKS” area.

K.  Permanent Mailing Address – The applicant enters the number and street, city, state, and ZIP Code.

NOTE:  A post office address is not acceptable for the purpose of applying for an Airman Certificate, unless the applicant resides on a rural route, a boat, or in some other manner that requires the use of a post office box, rural route, or a personal mailbox for an address. If the applicant uses a P.O. Box, rural route, personal mailbox, or business address as the preferred mailing address, the applicant must furnish a map or written directions to his/her residence or furnish the actual residence address.

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NOTE:  These directions are not required for Army Post Office (APO)/Fleet Post Office (FPO)/Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) type addresses.

L.   Have you ever had an Airman Certificate suspended or revoked? – The applicant must check either the YES box or the NO box. (A student pilot certificate is a pilot certificate.)

M.  Do you now or have you ever held an FAA Airman Certificate? – The applicant must check either the YES box or the NO box. If YES, specify the type of certificate held.

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N.  Have you ever been convicted for violation of any Federal or state statutes pertaining to narcotic drugs, marijuana, and depressant or stimulant drugs or substances? – The applicant must check either the YES box or the NO box. If YES, the applicant must give the “DATE OF FINAL CONVICTION” using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format. Refer to  65.12.

Section II – Certificate or Rating Applied for on Basis of:

This section is not required for an Experimental Repairman certificate.

Section III – Record of Experience:

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The applicant annotates the “MAKE,” “MODEL,” “SERIAL NO.,” and the “CERTIFICATION DATE OF AIRCRAFT” (using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format) under “TYPE WORK PERFORMED” box.

NOTE:  This section must match exactly what is shown on the airman temporary or risk return from AFS-760.

Section IV – Applicant’s Certification:

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Item A – Signature. The applicant signs FAA Form 8610-2 as he/she normally signs his/her name above or beside his/her typed or printed name. For verification purposes, the inspector will require the applicant to provide identification showing a photograph (e.g., a current driver’s license, current military identification, current passport, etc.). Record the name and number of the document used for verification in the “REMARKS” section and expiration date using the eight‑digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format, if applicable.

NOTE:  If the applicant uses a driver’s license as the verification method, the “REMARKS” section must include the state that issued the license and expiration.

NOTE:  AFS-760 no longer requires that the applicant fill out the “Applicant’s Certification” section, box A or B, on the reverse side of FAA Form 8610-2 for a Repairman Certificate unless the date of issue on the temporary certificate and the applicant’s certification in block IV are not the same date. If the dates differ, boxes A and B must be completed to correspond with the temporary issue date.

NOTE:  The temporary certificate FAA Form 8060-4 provided to the applicant may be completed in dark ink and handwritten; however, the temporary certificate provided to AFS-760 must be typed.

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5-1226    TASK OUTCOMES.

A.    Complete the PTRS Record.

B.    Issue Certificate. When you have determined that the applicant meets all the requirements for certification, approve the application by signing it. Complete FAA Form 8060-4 in duplicate.

NOTE:  The inspector’s approval date (using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format) must be the same date as shown on the temporary Airman Certificate.

1)    Give the applicant a copy of FAA Form 8060-4. Both the applicant and the inspector must sign this form. You can give a handwritten signed temporary certificate to the airman; however, you must send a typed temporary certificate to AFS-760.
2)    In Item III, type the word “Pending.” As of June 2002, all original certificates will be assigned a unique certificate number. Enter “Pending” if original. Do not give a Social Security number as a certificate number.
3)    In Item IX, type the word “Experimental Repairman.”
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4)    In Item XII, type the following: “Make, Model, Serial Number, and Certification Date (using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format) of Aircraft.” Ensure this matches section III on FAA Form 8610-2.
5)    Check the box for an original issuance or the box for a reissuance of certificate, whichever is applicable.
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6)    If an exchange, ensure the certificate shows the date (using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format) of the superseded certificate.
7)    In Item X, ensure the date (using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format) of issuance is the same as the inspector’s approval date (using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format) in the “Inspector’s Report” section.
8)    In Item X, ensure the inspector printed his or her name, signed his or her name, and provided the region identifier and FAA district office identification.
9)    Complete the “FAA Inspector’s Report” section on the reverse side of FAA Form 8610-2. Ensure that you have marked the “Approved” box, and have filled out the approval date (same date as the temporary certificate), inspector’s signature, and the FAA district office. Ensure you have annotated the airman’s current identification method in the “Remarks” section (e.g., Oklahoma driver’s license #12345678, expires 12/31/2019).
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NOTE:  If the FAA Form 8610-2 is on a two-page application form (duplex printing was not used), ensure the airman’s name, certificate number (pending) and date of birth (using the eight‑digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format) is annotated on the second page.

10)    Send FAA Form 8610-2 and the original typed FAA Form 8060-4 to AFS-760.

C.    Deny Certificate. If you disapprove the application, return it to the applicant with a letter explaining the denial.

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D.    Change of Name/Nationality/Date of Birth/Gender. If surrendering the certificate due to name, nationality, date of birth (using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format), or gender change, the applicant must first make an appointment with an FAA inspector. The inspector will positively identify the applicant and review all court documents reflecting the change. The applicant must complete FAA Form 8610-2 (sections I and IV). (See Volume 5, Chapter 5, Section 2, for additional details). On approval, the inspector will issue a temporary certificate to the applicant. The date (using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format) of issuance on the temporary certificate must be the same date (using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format) the inspector signed on his or her report.

E.    Reconstruction of Lost Certification Files.

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1)    A copy of the original FAA Forms 8610-2 and 8060-4, with signature on both forms, is required. If no copy exists, provide the information that appeared on the original application on a new FAA Form 8610-2 and FAA Form 8060-4, complete with new signatures, but with the original dates using the eight‑digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format (applicant and inspector).
2)    In the upper right-hand block of the application, place the wording “Reconstructed File” in red ink.
3)    Forward all information regarding the certification file to: FAA, Attn: Airmen Certification Branch (AFS-760), P.O. Box 25082, Oklahoma City, OK 73125.

NOTE:  You do not need to mail an emergency field issue temporary certificate with the reconstructed file package. You can maintain these at the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO)/certificate-holding district office (CHDO).

5-1227    FUTURE ACTIVITIES. You may consider enforcement action against the repairman if he or she maintains the aircraft in a manner contrary to the maintenance requirements contained in its operating limitations.

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Figure 5-138A.  Sample Temporary Airman Certificate (Experimental Repairman)

Figure 5-138A. Sample Temporary Airman Certificate (Experimental Repairman)

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Figure 5-138B.  Sample Application Form (Experimental Aircraft Builder)

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Figure 5-138B. Sample Application Form (Experimental Aircraft Builder)

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Figure 5-138B.  Sample Application Form (Experimental Aircraft Builder) (Continued)

Figure 5-138B. Sample Application Form (Experimental Aircraft Builder) (Continued)

RESERVED. Paragraphs 5-1228 through 5-1245.