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VOLUME 5  AIRMAN CERTIFICATION

CHAPTER 5  TITLE 14 CFR PART 65—AIRMEN OTHER THAN FLIGHT CREWMEMBERS

Section 8  Renew a Part 65 Inspection Authorization

5-1306    PROGRAM TRACKING AND REPORTING SUBSYSTEM (PTRS) ACTIVITY CODES.

A.    Maintenance: 3514.

B.    Avionics: 5514.

5-1307    OBJECTIVE. This section provides guidance for the renewal of Inspection Authorizations (IA).

5-1308    GENERAL.

A.    Notification. When the base of operation changes for an IA holder, the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or International Field Office (IFO) for the area of the new base must be notified in writing before the holder can again exercise the privileges of the authorization.

B.    Expiration. The IA expires every odd-numbered year (e.g., 2009, 2011, etc.) on March 31. An IA holder must continue to meet the yearly requirements of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 65, §§ 65.91 and 65.93 in order to retain the authorization. The term “yearly” means April 1 to March 31.

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NOTE:  There is no requirement for any FSDO to notify an IA holder that it is time to renew their FAA Form 8310-5, Inspection Authorization. Section 65.93 is an adequate notification for an aviation professional.

5-1309    RENEWAL OF IA.

A.    Application Requirements. An application for renewal may be required to comply with the following:

1)    Show evidence and/or the applicant’s ability to meet the requirements of § 65.91(c)(1) through (4).

NOTE:  See Volume 5, Chapter 5, Section 7, subparagraphs 5-1279A through C for additional information on meeting § 65.91(c)(1) through (4) requirements during renewals to include actively engaged guidance.

NOTE:  Refresher training attendance alone does not satisfy those requirements.

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2)    Complete two originals of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Form 8610-1, Mechanic’s Application for Inspection Authorization-Privacy Act.
3)    Show evidence that the applicant meets the requirements of § 65.93(a) for both the first and second year in the form of (as applicable):

    An activity sheet or log;

    Training certificates; and/or

    Oral test results.

B.    Eligibility. Meeting the requirements of § 65.93(a) does not mean that the applicant has to meet all five of the listed requirements. To be eligible for renewal of an IA for a 2-year period, the applicant must show evidence of:

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1)    Performing four annual inspections during each 365-day period prior to March 31 of each year, for a total of eight annuals prior to the renewal date (see Figure 5-99, Sample FAA Form 8610-1, Mechanic’s Application for Inspection Authorization (Renewal by Completion of One of the Activities in § 65.93(a)(1) through (3))).
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NOTE:  The same logic applies for major repairs and major alterations or training. However, the number of annual inspections, major repairs, and major alterations performed cannot be mixed within one year simply because § 65.93 does not provide for such combinations.

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2)    Performing or supervising, and approving at least one progressive inspection in accordance with the standards prescribed by the Administrator during each 365-day period. For the purposes of IA renewal, a progressive inspection under 14 CFR part 91, § 91.409(d) is a complete inspection on one identified aircraft, and returned to service by one IA for each that completes a cycle every 12 calendar-months.

NOTE:  An inspection program required under § 91.409(e) is not considered a progressive inspection and is not acceptable as IA activity. Partial inspections such as phases or events on more than one aircraft are also not acceptable as IA renewal activity.

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3)    Successful completion of an 8-hour refresher course, acceptable to the Administrator, for each 12-month period preceding the renewal application (see Figure 5-100, Sample FAA Form 8610-1, Mechanic’s Application for Inspection Authorization (Renewal by Refresher Training/Course)).
a)    The refresher course must contain subjects directly related to aircraft maintenance, inspection, repairs, and alterations. In addition, some non-technical subjects, such as human factors or professionalism, as they relate to aviation maintenance personnel, may be acceptable. Training must not be used to promote a new or existing product.
b)    The instructional requirements of § 65.93(a)(4) may be met by accumulating at least 8 hours of maintenance training each year. Each instructor-led course or seminar must be at least 1 hour long and completed in the 12-month period between April 1 and March 31, prior to IA renewal. An academic hour is defined as a 50-minute block of instruction without interruption. Online or video courses may be submitted in less-than-1-hour blocks once accepted by the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) and will generally show at a minimum 400 minutes of total training. See Volume 3, Chapter 56 for course acceptance procedures.
c)    Each person who intends to use 8 hours of instruction each year to meet § 65.93(a)(4) must provide proof of attendance for instruction received at the time of renewal. Acceptable proof of attendance consists of a certificate of training or similar document showing:

    The name of the course;

    Name of attendee;

    Course identification number assigned by the FAASTeam IA Refresher Course Coordinator;

    Expiration date;

    Description of the course content;

    Time (in hours);

    The date;

    Location; and

    Course instructor’s name and affiliation.

d)    The proof of attendance should be reviewed by inspectors at renewal time to ensure that both the training organization and the IA have met the appropriate requirements. The training organization must keep a list of all attendees for a period of 2 years. The training organization must provide this list to FSDO inspectors upon request.
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e)    All FSDOs and IFOs will accept training organized by a FSDO/IFO/FAASTeam Program Manager that is allowed by FAA Order 8900.1 Volume 3, Chapter 56, Section 1, subparagraph 3-4518B5) and any training of a technical nature conducted by a manufacturer or its authorized representative on its type‑certificated (TC), Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), Technical Standard Order (TSO), or Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) product, component, or accessory that is considered acceptable to the Administrator and in compliance with this policy, without showing a FAASTeam assigned course number. At renewal time, however, the holder of an IA must show proof that he or she has successfully completed the course by including the hours, date attended, course title, trainer, or representative’s signature, and provide evidence that the course was developed and presented for a minimum of 8 hours of training.

NOTE:  Refresher training attendance alone does not satisfy the requirements of § 65.93. The applicant must continue to meet the requirements as stated in § 65.91.

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4)    Passing of an oral test given by an aviation safety inspector (ASI) in accordance with § 65.93 to ensure that the applicant’s knowledge of regulations and standards is current (see Figure 5-101, Sample FAA Form 8610-1, Mechanic’s Application for Inspection Authorization (Renewal by an Oral Test in Accordance with § 65.93(a)(5))).
a)    The FSDO or IFO should develop oral test questions. The questions should meet the following criteria:

1.    Clear. Content should establish the conditions or circumstances so the inspector and IA will have the same understanding regarding the intent of the questions and the expected answers.

2.    Concise. Long questions should not be too complex, ambiguous, or have multiple answers.

3.    Specific. Questions should have one specific answer and reference specific FAA‑accepted guidance documents or regulations, and not a manufacturer’s specific type question.

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b)    FAA-G-8082-11, Inspection Authorization Knowledge Test Guide, is an excellent source for the development of oral questions, along with FAA-S-8081-26, Aviation Mechanic General Practical Test Standards, specific to maintenance form and records (refer to http://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/test_standards/).
c)    An additional source for test development that may be used is part 65 IA privileges and limitations. Use questions in line with FAA-G-8082-11, Inspection Authorization Knowledge Test Guide, that are tailored to the part 65 IA privileges and limitations the individual IA holder actually accomplishes daily. This should provide enough variance in tests to prevent the applicant from having prior knowledge of the specific questions asked.
d)    We recommend you ask each affected IA applicant a minimum of 10 oral questions with a passing grade of 70 percent.
e)    ASIs assigned to a FSDO or IFO administering the oral test must provide the IA with evidence of passing or failing the test in the form of written documentation. The ASI should instruct the IA to retain the oral test results. The IA should be prepared to present results to the FAA upon renewal or by request.
f)    A failure of the oral test will result in nonrenewal of the IA.
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NOTE:  If the IA holder elects to meet the first year § 65.93(a) requirement by using the oral test option and fails the test, the IA holder must voluntarily surrender FAA Form 8310-5 to the FSDO or have it revoked.

g)    For mechanics issued their IA during the current renewal period, the following apply:

1.    An IA issued less than 90 days before the expiration date of March 31 (odd year) need not comply with § 65.93(a)(1) through (5) for that quarter, but the IA holder still needs to apply for a renewal.

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2.    For an IA issued less than 90 days before March 31 of the first year (even year), the holder does not need to comply with § 65.93(a)(1) through (5) for the first year of the 2-year authorization period.

C.    First and/or Second Year Oral Test.

1)    If an IA holder does not meet the renewal requirements at the end of the first year, the holder must take and pass an oral test prior to exercising the privileges of their certificate in the second year.
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2)    We recommend that the inspector seek to determine if the IA has performed any IA activity after March 31 prior to administering the oral test, as that would be a violation of § 65.93(c). If the IA holder has accomplished such activity, the ASI should use Volume 14, Chapter 1, Section 2, Flight Standards Service Compliance Action Decision Procedure, to correct any safety issues, aircraft standard deviations, or regulatory maintenance noncompliance. No additional action is necessary against the aircraft or owner in the above situation unless additional evidence exists that clearly shows the aircraft is otherwise unairworthy or the owner is in noncompliance with part 91.
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3)    IA holders who do not complete one of the activities set forth in § 65.93(a)(1) through (5) by March 31 of even-numbered years may not exercise the privileges of their certificate past that date. However, if they successfully pass an oral test given by an ASI, they can have their privileges restored. The oral tests, for the purpose of this paragraph, will be developed in accordance with Volume 5, Chapter 5, Section 8, subparagraph 5-1309B4).

NOTE:  Under SFAR 100-2, military and civilian personnel assigned outside the United States in support of U.S. Armed Forces operations have a grace period of 6 calendar months after they have completed their overseas assignments to accomplish their IA renewal.

D.    Renewal at Another Office. If the applicant applies for renewal at an office other than the jurisdictional office, the receiving office should withhold renewal until the jurisdictional FSDO or IFO can verify the applicant’s activities.

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E.    Applicants Employed by a Repair Station. When the applicant is employed by a repair station, credit for renewal activity is only for those aircraft returned to service or inspection activities that the authorization holder personally performed under the individual’s IA. Evidence supporting the activity should be presented in addition to the signed application.

5-1310    COORDINATION REQUIREMENTS. This task may require coordination with other FSDOs, IFOs, and their respective regions.

5-1311    REFERENCES, FORMS, AND JOB AIDS.

A.    References (current editions):

    Title 14 CFR Part 65, Certification: Airmen Other Than Flight Crewmembers.

    FAA Order 2150.3, FAA Compliance and Enforcement Program.

    FAA Order 8900.1, Volume 3, Chapter 56, Section 1, Information and Policy for Acceptance and Renewal of Inspection Authorization Refresher Training.

    FAA Order 8900.1, Volume 5, Chapter 5, Section 7, Evaluate Part 65 Inspection Authorization.

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    FAA Order 8900.1, Volume 5, Chapter 7, Section 3, Conduct a Reexamination Test of a Mechanic, Parachute Rigger, or Inspection Authorization Under Title 49 of the United States Code.

    FAA Order 8900.1, Volume 14, Chapter 1, Section 2, Flight Standards Service Compliance Action Decision Procedure.

    FAA Order 8900.1, Volume 14, Chapter 1, Section 3, Providing Written Compliance Philosophy Explanation and Pilot’s Bill of Rights Notification.

    FAA-G-8082-11, Inspection Authorization Knowledge Test Guide.

    FAA-G-8082-19, Inspection Authorization Information Guide.

    FAA-S-8081-26, Aviation Mechanic General Practical Test Standards.

B.    Forms:

    FAA Form 8310-5, Inspection Authorization.

    FAA Form 8610-1, Mechanic’s Application for Inspection Authorization-Privacy Act.

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    Sample Written Notification to an Airman Applicant, Pilot’s Bill Of Rights (PBR) Written Notification of Investigation (FAA Order 8900.1, Volume 14, Chapter 1, Section 3, Figure 14‑1‑3B).

C.    Job Aids:

    Figure 5-99, Sample FAA Form 8610-1, Mechanic’s Application for Inspection Authorization (Renewal by Completion of One of the Activities in § 65.93(a)(1) through (3)).

    Figure 5-100, Sample FAA Form 8610-1, Mechanic’s Application for Inspection Authorization (Renewal by Refresher Training/Course).

    Figure 5-101, Sample FAA Form 8610-1, Mechanic’s Application for Inspection Authorization (Renewal by an Oral Test in Accordance with § 65.93(a)(5)).

    Figure 5-102, Sample FAA Form 8610-1, Mechanic’s Application for Inspection Authorization (Surrender).

    FAA Order 8900.1 Volume 5, Chapter 7, Section 3, Figure 5-230, Voluntary Surrender for Cancellation.

5-1312    PROCEDURES.

A.    Ensure the Applicant Meets Eligibility Requirements. The ASI, by virtue of his or her Aviation Safety Series FG-1825 job description and resulting ASI responsibilities, may be considered actively engaged for the purpose of IA application or renewal. However, the ASI must continue to renew and meet the § 65.93 requirements for renewal. (See paragraph 5-1309 for eligibility requirement information.)

NOTE:  FAA Form 8610-1, blocks 1 through 13 require completion, as applicable, to establish continued eligibility for renewal. Block 11 requires completion to establish maintenance activity during the last 2 years. See Volume 5, Chapter 5, Section 7, paragraph 5-1279 for additional information.

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B.    Renew IA. Airworthiness ASIs and aviation safety technicians (AST) who renew IA holders must hold a Mechanic Certificate with Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) ratings. An AST or an Avionics ASI not holding a Mechanic Certificate may renew an IA and sign FAA Form 8610-1, block 14 when appropriately trained and the following conditions apply:

    The IA holder has been determined to have met § 65.91,

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    The IA holder meets the renewal based on § 65.93(a)(1), (2), or (3) eligibility based on activity only for both the first and second years, and

    The IA holder meets the renewal based on § 65.93(a)(4) courses that have an FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) assigned number only.

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C.    Forms. Refer all other IA renewal eligibilities based on an oral test or training attendance to an Airworthiness ASI who holds a Mechanic Certificate with both A&P ratings for determination of IA renewal and FAA Form 8610-1, block 14 authorizations. The FAA official who has signed FAA Form 8610-1, block 14 and determined that all requirements are met for IA renewal will:

1)    Ensure the IA holder fills out a PBR to accompany the FAA Form 8610-1.
2)    Enter the new expiration date and sign the reverse side of FAA Form 8310-5.
3)    Issue a new IA, FAA Form 8310-5, if the holder’s form is soiled or worn, or the reverse side is completely filled out.
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4)    Complete item 14, Record of Action, on the two original FAA Forms 8610-1 signed by the IA holder and the ASI. Forward one FAA Form 8610-1 with the PBR to the Airmen Certification Branch (AFS‑760) in Oklahoma City while retaining the other FAA Form 8610-1.
5)    The Airworthiness ASI who conducted an oral test must record oral tests administered in accordance with § 65.93(c) in the PTRS and place a copy of that record in the IA office file indicating the results of the oral test, along with the FAA file copy written record of oral test results.
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D.    Process Failure to Renew IA or IA Holder’s Failure to Meet the 2-Year Renewal Requirements. Update data in the enhanced Vital Information Database (eVID) at the FSDO level, showing in the “Remarks” section the reason for nonrenewal. This will delete the IA from the database.

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NOTE:  There is no requirement to notify an IA holder in any way that they have failed to renew at the end of the second year if the IA holder has not presented anything. There is no need to retrieve the expired FAA Form 8310-5.

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Figure 5-99.  Sample FAA Form 8610-1, Mechanic’s Application for Inspection Authorization (Renewal by Completion of One of the Activities in § 65.93(a)(1) through (3))

Figure 5-99. Sample FAA Form 8610-1, Mechanic’s Application for Inspection Authorization 
	(Renewal by Completion of One of the Activities in § 65.93(a)(1) through (3))

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Figure 5-100.  Sample FAA Form 8610-1, Mechanic’s Application for Inspection Authorization (Renewal by Refresher Training/Course)

Figure 5-100. Sample FAA Form 8610-1, Mechanic’s Application for Inspection Authorization 
	(Renewal by Refresher Training/Course)

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Figure 5-101.  Sample FAA Form 8610-1, Mechanic’s Application for Inspection Authorization (Renewal by an Oral Test in Accordance with § 65.93(a)(5))

Figure 5-101. Sample FAA Form 8610-1, Mechanic’s Application 
	for Inspection Authorization (Renewal by an Oral Test in Accordance with § 65.93(a)(5))

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Figure 5-102.  Sample FAA Form 8610-1, Mechanic’s Application for Inspection Authorization (Surrender)

Figure 5-102. Sample FAA Form 8610-1, Mechanic’s Application for 
	Inspection Authorization (Surrender)

5-1313    TASK OUTCOMES.

A.    Complete the PTRS Record. Update data in the eVID and include the IA holder’s email address, if available. Retain an original of the completed FAA Form 8610-1 in the office file.

B.    Process Change of Location. Upon receipt of written notification, contact the previous supervising office and request the appropriate IA file. Visit the IA holder at the new base as soon as possible.

C.    Process Surrendered Authorization. When the holder of an IA voluntarily surrenders it, accomplish the following:

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1)    Obtain a statement in writing indicating that the surrender is voluntary (see Volume 5, Chapter 7, Section 3, Figure 5-230, Voluntary Surrender for Cancellation).
2)    Complete two FAA Forms 8610-1 and forward one FAA Form 8610-1 and the PBR that applies for this task, which is the completed Voluntary Surrender for Cancellation, to the Airmen Certification Branch (AFS-760) in Oklahoma City. Give the other completed FAA Form 8610-1 to the now former IA holder (see Figure 5-102, Sample FAA Form 8610-1, Mechanic’s Application for Inspection Authorization (Surrender)).
3)    Update the eVID to reflect surrender of the authorization.
4)    Destroy the IA, FAA Form 8310-5.

5-1314    FUTURE ACTIVITIES. Routine surveillance.

RESERVED. Paragraphs 5-1315 through 5-1330.