VOLUME 5 AIRMAN CERTIFICATION
CHAPTER 5 TITLE 14 CFR PART 65AIRMEN OTHER THAN FLIGHT CREWMEMBERS
Section 6 Certificate Repairman for Light‑Sport Aircraft
5-1246 PROGRAM TRACKING AND REPORTING SUBSYSTEM (PTRS) ACTIVITY CODES.
A. Maintenance: 3527.
B. Avionics: 5527.
5-1247 OBJECTIVE. This section provides guidance for the issuance of Repairman Certificates for light‑sport aircraft (LSA) and the cancellation of surrendered certificates.
5-1248 GENERAL. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may issue Repairman Certificates for the following LSA classes:
• Lighter‑than‑air aircraft,
• Powered parachutes, and
• Weight‑shift‑control aircraft.
NOTE: The FAA will only issue a Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part
§ 65.107 certificate with an inspection rating containing a gyroplane class
aircraft to an airman that owns a gyroplane that was originally certificated under 14 CFR part
§ 21.191(i)(1) prior to January 31, 2008.
A. Definitions. For the purpose of this section, the following definitions apply:
1) Experimental Light‑Sport Aircraft (ELSA). An ELSA is an aircraft issued an experimental certificate under
2) Special Light‑Sport Category Aircraft (SLSA). Called “special” by industry, an SLSA is an aircraft issued a Special Airworthiness Certificate under
B. Ratings. The FAA may issue the following ratings for Repairman Certificates for LSA under
1) Inspection Ratings.
a) Inspection ratings are limited to aircraft with an ELSA airworthiness certificate that the applicant owns. The classes of eligible aircraft are:
• Lighter‑than‑air aircraft,
• Powered parachutes, and
• Weight‑shift‑control aircraft.
b) The class, registration number, and serial number will identify the owner’s aircraft on the Repairman Certificate. The Repairman Certificate can list more
than one class if the repairman accomplishes required class training and owns the additional aircraft.
§ 65.107 certificate with an inspection rating containing a gyroplane class
aircraft may be issued to a new gyroplane owner, provided the original gyroplane certificate met
§ 21.191(i)(1) requirements, and all other
§ 65.107 certificate requirements with an inspection rating have been met.
2) Maintenance Ratings.
a) The FAA issues maintenance ratings for the following SLSA:
• Weight‑shift‑control aircraft,
• Powered parachutes,
• Lighter‑than‑air aircraft, and
b) The Repairman Certificate will identify the class of SLSA to be inspected or maintained. The Repairman Certificate can list more than one class if the
repairman accomplishes required training.
NOTE: The FAA will not issue a maintenance rating for gyroplane class because gyroplanes do not have a
§ 21.190 certificate.
C. Certificates. The FAA issues two kinds of airworthiness certificates to LSA:
1) The operating limitations for ELSA require that they have an annual condition inspection every 12 calendar‑months. The following people may perform this inspection:
• The owner who has a Repairman Certificate with an inspection rating,
and the Repairman Certificate identifies that aircraft by class, registration, and serial number;
• A repairman with a maintenance rating for the appropriate class of ELSA;
• A mechanic with Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) ratings who meets the requirements of
§ 65.81 for the appropriate class of ELSA; or
• An appropriately rated 14 CFR part
145 repair station.
2) SLSA may be operated for private use or for flight training, rental, or towing operations for hire. Aircraft used for flight training and towing require a
a) One of the following people must inspect and maintain the SLSA:
• A repairman with a maintenance rating for the appropriate class of LSA;
• A mechanic with A&P ratings who meets the requirements of
§ 65.81 for the appropriate class of SLSA; or
• An appropriately rated part
145 repair station.
b) The FAA will not issue an SLSA Special Airworthiness Certificate for gyroplane class because
§ 21.190 does not allow it.
NOTE: To maintain SLSA, part
145 repair stations, A&P mechanics, and light-sport repairmen must
have the necessary data and tools available to maintain the appropriate class of SLSA (i.e., airplane, weight‑shift‑control, lighter‑than‑air, powered parachute, or glider).
5-1249 LIGHT‑SPORT REPAIRMAN ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. The applicant must be:
• A U.S. citizen or a citizen of a foreign country lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the U.S.;
• At least 18 years old;
• Able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language (if for medical reasons the applicant cannot meet
one of these requirements, the FAA may place limits on the certificate to make sure the applicant can safely perform the actions authorized by the certificate and rating); and
• Able to demonstrate the requisite skill to determine if the aircraft is in a condition for safe operation by passing
an FAA‑accepted training course designed for each rating and/or class of LSA to be worked on.
5-1250 PRIVILEGES AND LIMITATIONS OF THE REPAIRMAN (LSA) CERTIFICATE. The FAA issues two ratings on the Repairman (LSA) Certificate: inspection and maintenance.
The Repairman (LSA) Certificate will identify the rating(s) and appropriate limitation(s) by class.
A. Inspection Rating. The owner of an ELSA may apply for a Repairman (LSA) Certificate with an inspection rating after successful completion of required
training. The privileges of the repairman (LSA) with inspection rating will be limited to the experimental LSA that is owned by the certificate holder and will be identified by the class, registration number, and
serial number on the Repairman Certificate. This is similar to the privilege granted a holder of a Repairman Certificate for amateur‑built aircraft under
B. Maintenance Rating. Any individual may apply for a Repairman (LSA) Certificate with a maintenance rating after successful completion of required training.
The repairman may only inspect or maintain SLSA of the same class in which he or she is rated. This rating allows the individual to perform annual condition inspections on an LSA certificated as an ELSA or on an
SLSA aircraft. In addition, a repairman with an LSA maintenance rating may also perform maintenance and 100‑hour inspections; comply with Airworthiness Directives (AD), 14 CFR
part 39, and/or Safety Directives as required by FAA-accepted
industry-developed consensus standards, and recorded as per 14 CFR
§ 91.417(a)(1)(v) on FAA‑approved products installed in an LSA only; and perform
with applicable manufacturer’s Service Bulletins (SB) on an SLSA for which the repairman is rated.
5-1251 TRAINING REQUIRED FOR INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE RATING. For an inspection rating, the applicant must complete a 16‑hour training course,
accepted by the FAA, on the inspection procedures of a particular class of ELSA. The repairman with a maintenance rating must complete the required amount of training for each class of LSA as detailed below:
NOTE: For an in‑depth explanation of the training requirements for light‑sport repairmen with the maintenance rating, refer to FAA
Order 8000.84, Procedures to Accept Industry‑Developed Training for Light‑Sport Repairmen.
A. Airplane. A total of 120 hours of instruction.
B. Weight‑Shift‑Control Aircraft. A total of 104 hours of instruction.
C. Powered Parachute. A total of 104 hours of instruction.
D. Lighter‑Than‑Air Aircraft. A total of 80 hours of instruction.
E. Glider. A total of 80 hours of instruction. To maintain powered gliders, a total of 125 hours of instruction is required.
NOTE: For a glider add‑on to an airplane (see subparagraph 5‑1252A), a total of 139 hours of instruction is required; refer to Order
8000.84 for module completion requirements.
5-1252 MAJOR REPAIRS/MAJOR ALTERATIONS.
A. Accomplishing Major Repairs or Alterations. Only a repairman (LSA) with a maintenance rating, a certificated mechanic with A&P ratings,
or a certificated repair station (CRS) may accomplish major repairs and major
alterations on SLSA. The manufacturer must provide the technical data for such
a repair or alteration and identify the training needed, if any, to perform
that repair or alteration. This limitation is necessary because SLSA are built
under an industry‑developed consensus standard and not under an FAA type certificate
(TC) or Production Certificate (PC), so Civil Aviation Regulation (CAR) 3 and 14 CFR
part 23 standards do not apply. In addition, the required
training for repairman certification does not include all the training necessary for the performance of major repairs or alterations on a product produced under an FAA approval.
B. Required Training. To perform major repairs or major alterations
on FAA‑approved products, the light‑sport repairman (maintenance) must have
received training from the FAA‑approved product manufacturer or equivalent,
and perform the work in accordance with 14 CFR
part 43. The person returning to service major repairs or major
alterations on FAA TC’d products, using FAA‑approved data, has to meet the requirements of
5-1253 CREDIT FOR LSA PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE TOWARD MECHANIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS UNDER
A. Practical Experience Requirements. A repairman (LSA) with a maintenance rating may document time working on either ELSA or SLSA. To apply
for a mechanic’s certificate under
part 65 subpart D, the repairman must show
that he or she has at least 18 months of practical experience working on either
powerplants or airframes for a singular rating, or that he or she has at least
30 months of practical experience working on powerplants and airframes concurrently
when applying for both ratings at the same time. To be eligible, the applicant
must have verifiable experience in 50 percent of the subject areas listed for the rating sought (refer to 14 CFR
part 147 appendices B, C, and D). One month’s
practical experience is 160 hours of documented time. This practical experience can include aircraft
certificated LSA, Experimental Amateur‑Built, standard certificated aircraft, and military aircraft.
B. Documentation. This documented practical experience presented must show
the date, registration, and serial number of the LSA aircraft on which the LSA
repairman performed maintenance. The experience must be verifiable. The only
practical experience that you can document on ELSA certificated under
§ 21.191(i)(1) is the time performing an annual condition inspection or 100‑hour
C. Factory Training. Factory training received by the applicant
from a manufacturer of powerplants or aircraft for SLSA type‑specific components
may be counted as practical experience. Copies of the certificates from manufacturers
are in addition to the documented practical experience record package presented
to the FAA for review.
5-1254 DURATION OF REPAIRMAN (LSA) CERTIFICATES.
A. Certificate with Inspection Rating. A Repairman (LSA) Certificate
with an inspection rating remains valid until the repairman no longer owns the
LSA identified on the Repairman Certificate, or until the certificate is surrendered,
suspended, or revoked by the FAA. If the repairman with an inspection rating
sells the LSA, he or she should keep the Repairman Certificate so that he or
she can apply the guidance contained in the note below towards another certificate rating.
B. Certificate with Maintenance Rating. A Repairman (LSA) Certificate
with a maintenance rating remains valid until that repairman certificate is
surrendered, suspended, or revoked by the FAA.
NOTE: Unless the Repairman (LSA) Certificate is surrendered or revoked,
all completed courses taken for the initial issuance of the repairman (LSA)
rating(s) (inspection or maintenance) remain valid and do not expire for further
issuance towards another certificate or rating.
5-1255 COORDINATION REQUIREMENTS. This task may require coordination
with other Airworthiness aviation safety inspectors (ASI) familiar with the
applicant’s skill and knowledge. For unusual conditions or situations, contact the Aircraft Maintenance Division (AFS‑300).
5-1256 REFERENCES, FORMS, AND JOB AIDS.
A. References (current editions):
• FAA Order 8000.84, Procedures to Accept Industry‑Developed
Training for Light‑Sport Repairmen.
• Title 14 CFR
§ 65.107, Repairman Certificate (Light‑Sport Aircraft): Eligibility, Privileges,
• Volume 14, Chapter 1, Section 2, Flight Standards Service Compliance Action
• Volume 14, Chapter 1, Section 3, Providing Written Compliance Philosophy
Explanation and Pilot’s Bill of Rights Notification (Figure 14‑1‑3B, Sample Written Notification to an Airman Applicant).
• FAA Form 8060‑4, Temporary Airman Certificate.
• FAA Form
8610‑2, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application.
C. Job Aids. None.
A. Receive the Application. To apply for a Repairman (LSA) Certificate with either an inspection or maintenance rating, the applicant must provide
the following documentation to any Flight Standards District Office (FSDO):
1) A positive form of picture identification that includes the applicant’s signature
(e.g., a current U.S. driver’s license, passport, or U.S. military identification)
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 P.O. 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 either a physical residential address; a map or written directions
to the applicant’s physical address; or a 911 address located by Global Positioning
System (GPS) coordinates. This information must be included with the application.
a) In special cases where the applicant resides on a boat, the applicant
should include the 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.
b) 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.
2) One completed Pilot’s Bill of Rights (PBR) (see
Volume 14, Chapter 1, Section 3, Figure 14‑1‑3B,
Sample Written Notification to an Airman Applicant).
3) A completed FAA
a) The applicant marks the “Repairman” block at the top of the form and specify
the rating requested (e.g., light‑sport inspection or light‑sport maintenance)
in the box next to the “Repairman” block, and then check either the “Original Issuance” or “Added Rating” block.
NOTE: See Table 5‑6, Instructions for Completing FAA
Form 8610‑2 (Light‑Sport Aircraft), for specific instructions.
b) Without any assistance, the applicant must read and sign the “Applicant’s Certification” section on the front of the form in the proper location in the
presence of an FAA Airworthiness ASI. If there is doubt that the applicant can
read, write, and understand the English language, have the applicant verbally
read the “Applicant’s Certification” block on the front of the form. If further testing is needed, refer to advisory circular
(AC) 60‑28, English Language Skill Standards Required by 14 CFR
4) Proof that the applicant has received 16 hours of FAA‑accepted
training for the inspection rating, or 80/120 hours of FAA‑accepted training
for the maintenance rating in the class of LSA the LSA repairman will be maintaining.
Proof of training would be a certificate of training or graduation certificate.
The certificate of training or graduation certificate for either inspection
or maintenance rating must have an FAA acceptance number, name of the organization
giving the training, hours of training received, name of the instructor, and
name of the course. This information should be in section III, under “Employer and Location” (e.g., “Canadian Valley Tech Center, LSRIPP000001, 03/04/2008”).
See the sample certificate in Figure 5‑138D, Sample Application Form (Light‑Sport Aircraft), FAA
5) Class of LSA on which the applicant received training and
the date the applicant completed instruction. If there is doubt concerning the
validity of the certificate of training/graduation, contact the Light Sport
Aviation Branch (AFS‑610) and check the class number and dates of instruction.
B. Review the Application. The inspector will:
1) Review the documentation submitted by the applicant for accuracy and completeness.
2) FAA inspectors must complete their portion of the documentation of the applicant’s receipt of the written notifications
(see Volume 14, Chapter 1, Section 3, Figure 14‑1‑3B),
regardless of whether the applicant signs the acknowledgment of receipt.
3) Copy and return the original proof of training certificate to the applicant.
4) When issuing the Repairman Certificate, check the appropriate blocks on the “FAA Inspector’s Report” block at the
bottom of the second page and provide the date, signature, and FSDO identification.
Ensure the approved box is checked. Ensure the “Remarks” section has the airman’s
identification method annotated (e.g., “Oklahoma driver’s license # 12235758, expires 04/30/2030”).
NOTE: If FAA Form
8610‑2 is on a two‑page application (i.e., duplex printing was not used), ensure the airman’s name and date of birth (DOB) are typed or printed
on the second page.
C. Complete FAA Form 8060‑4 (see Figure 5‑138C, Sample Temporary Airman Certificate (RepairmanLight‑Sport Aircraft), FAA Form 8060‑4).
1) In block III, insert the word “pending.”
2) In block IV, fill out the name, address, and physical description.
3) In block IX, for an inspection or maintenance rating, insert the words “Repairman (Light‑Sport Aircraft).”
4) In block XII, first insert the word “Inspection.” Directly underneath, put the class of LSA (e.g., airplane, glider, powered parachute,
weight‑shift‑control, gyroplane, or lighter‑than‑air), followed by the aircraft’s registration number and serial number.
5) In block XII, for a maintenance rating, insert the word “Maintenance,” followed by the class (or classes) of LSA the repairman is qualified to work
on (e.g., airplane, glider, powered parachute, weight‑shift‑control, and/or lighter‑than‑air).
NOTE: If the applicant is applying for more than one class rating on the original issuance, only one FAA
Form 8610‑2 and the set of two of FAA Form 8060‑4 are
required, as long as section III and the temporary certificate have all the
required information for all class ratings he or she seeks.
6) Review FAA Form 8060‑4 for accuracy. When issuing the rating, the inspector signs and dates block X, ensuring the applicant signs FAA
Form 8610‑2 in block IV.
NOTE: The date of issuance in block X must be the same date the inspector
signed the report. Ensure that the inspector’s name, credentials number, region,
and district office number are reflected on the temporary certificate.
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 the Airmen Certification Branch (AFS‑760) must be typewritten.
Figure 5‑138C. Sample Temporary Airman Certificate (RepairmanLight‑Sport Aircraft), FAA Form 8060‑4
Table 5‑6. Instructions for Completing FAA
Form 8610‑2 (Light‑Sport Aircraft)
NOTE: The applicant can omit section II.
A. Name: First, Middle, LastApplicant must enter his or her legal name.
B. Social Security Number (SSN)Disclosure of the SSN is optional; however, item B cannot be left blank. Enter a U.S. SSN, “DO NOT USE,”
C. DOBApplicant must enter his or her DOB using an 8‑digit format (Month, Day, Year (MM/DD/YYYY)).
D. HeightApplicant must enter his or her height in inches.
E. WeightApplicant must enter his or her weight in pounds.
F. HairApplicant must spell out his or her hair color. Acceptable colors are bald, brown, black, blond, gray, white, and red.
G. EyesApplicant must spell out his or her eye color. Acceptable colors are brown, black, blue, hazel, gray, and green.
H. SexEnter “M” for male or “F” for female.
I. Nationality (Citizenship)Applicant enters the country in which he or she maintains citizenship. If dual citizenship, enter one on the application and the
certificate will show the other as a limitation (e.g., “Dual citizenship includes Canada.”).
J. Place of BirthApplicant enters the city and State if born in the U.S. If the city is unknown, enter the county and State. If the applicant was born outside
the U.S., 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”
K. Permanent Mailing AddressApplicant 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 P.O. Box, rural route, or 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 or her residence,
or furnish the actual residence address.
NOTE: These directions are not required for Army Post Office (APO), Fleet Post Office (FPO), or Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) type addresses.
L. Have you ever had an Airman Certificate suspended or revoked?Applicant must check either the “YES” box
or the “NO” box. (Refer to requirements in
M. Do you now or have you ever held an FAA Airman Certificate?Applicant must check either the “YES” box or the “NO” box.
If “YES,” specify the type of certificate held.
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?Applicant must check either the “YES” box or the “NO” box. If “YES,” the applicant must give the “Date Of Final Conviction” using an
8‑digit format (Month, Day, Year (MM/DD/YYYY)). Refer to
Section III: Record of Experience
For inspection ratings, the applicant
must provide in block III, Record of Experience, under Employer
and Location, the training course, course number, and date of completion,
and under Type of Work Performed, the registration number, serial
number, and class of ELSA the applicant owns. An applicant who owns
multiple ELSA (in the same or different classes) may apply for adding
additional aircraft. When adding additional aircraft, the applicant
will check the “Added Rating” box on a new application form and
list the additional aircraft in block III. All aircraft the certificate
holder owns may be listed on one Repairman Certificate (e.g., “Classairplane, N161TB, Serial No. CH2‑9‑0990‑0888”).
NOTE: “Dates: Month and Year” blocks on left side in this section are not used for light‑sport repairman purposes. All dates
for LSA course completion will use an 8‑digit format (Month, Day, Year, (MM/DD/YYYY)).
NOTE: For maintenance ratings, the applicant must provide in block III the class(es) of SLSA to be maintained, entity name
that provided the training, and the light‑sport repairman maintenance (LSRM) number and graduation date.
Section IV: Applicant’s CertificationItem A & Item B
Item ASignature: The applicant signs FAA Form
8610‑2; he or she normally signs his or her name
above or beside his or her typed or printed name. For verification
purposes, the inspector will require the applicant to provide identification
showing a photograph (e.g., a current U.S. driver’s license, U.S. military identification, or passport). Record the name and number
of the document used for verification in the “Remarks” section.
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 date. Additional information regarding
mailing address and place of residence may have to be attached as
stated in subparagraph 5‑1257A1), as applicable.
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.
Figure 5-138D. Sample Application Form (Light‑Sport Aircraft), FAA
Figure 5-138D. Sample Application Form (Light‑Sport Aircraft), FAA
Form 8610‑2 (Continued)
5-1258 TASK OUTCOMES.
A. Complete the PTRS Record.
B. Issue the Temporary Certificate. After determining that the applicant meets all the requirements for certification, approve the application
by signing it. Complete FAA Form 8060‑4 in duplicate.
NOTE: The date of issue on the temporary certificate must be the same date the Airworthiness ASI signed in his or her report on the back of FAA
1) Give the applicant a completed FAA Form 8060‑4. Both the applicant and the inspector must sign this form.
2) Send FAA Form
8610‑2, the original typed FAA Form 8060‑4, and copies of the LSA training certificates to AFS‑760 within 10 business days.
Complete the “FAA Inspector’s Report” section on the reverse side of FAA
Form 8610‑2. Ensure the “Approved” box is marked and the approval date (same date
as the temporary certificate), inspector’s signature, and the FAA district office are entered. Ensure the method of identification is shown in the “Remarks” section.
C. Deny Certificate. If you disapprove the application, return it to the applicant with a letter explaining the denial.
D. Change of Name/Nationality/DOB/Gender. If surrendering a certificate
due to name, nationality, DOB, 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). On approval, the inspector
will issue a temporary airman certificate to the applicant. Go to the following website to see the latest required documents for these actions:
E. Reconstruction of Lost Certification Files.
1) A copy of the original FAA
Form 8610‑2 and FAA Form 8060‑4
with signatures 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 (applicant and inspector).
2) In the upper right‑hand block of FAA
Form 8610‑2, place the wording “Reconstructed File” in red ink.
3) Forward all information regarding the certification file through
the FSDO to: FAA, Attn: Airmen Certification Branch (AFS‑760), P.O. Box 25082, Oklahoma City, OK 73125.
NOTE: There is no need to mail an emergency field‑issue temporary certificate with the reconstructed file package. Maintain these at the FSDO.
5-1259 FUTURE ACTIVITIES. See
Volume 14, Chapter 1, Section 2 to correct any safety issues, aircraft standard
deviations, or regulatory maintenance noncompliance.
RESERVED. Paragraphs 5‑1260 through 5‑1275.