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Section 9 Certificate Part 65 Parachute Rigger/Added Rating


A.    Maintenance: 3502/3508.

B.    Avionics: 5508.

5-1332    OBJECTIVE. This section provides guidance for evaluating, testing, and certificating applicants for parachute rigger certificates and ratings.

5-1333    GENERAL.

A.    Provision. Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 65 subpart F provides for the issuance of senior and master parachute rigger certificates to include ratings for seat, back, chest, and lap.

B.    Entitlement. Any person who applies in the prescribed manner and meets the regulatory requirements is entitled to be issued a parachute rigger certificate with appropriate rating(s).

5-1334    ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language. Citizens of Puerto Rico or persons employed by a U.S. air carrier outside the United States who do not meet the language requirement may be issued a certificate under the provisions of part 65, § 65.113(a)(2). Any individual who applies for an airman certificate, rating, or inspection authorization must receive and acknowledge receipt of the written notification of investigation (N 8900.195, Appendix B) at the time of the application. The signed acknowledgment of receipt of the written notification must be retained with the individual’s application.


A.    Senior Parachute Rigger Requirements. The applicant must have packed at least 20 parachutes of each type for which he or she is seeking a rating, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. He or she must pack these parachutes under the supervision of either a certificated parachute rigger holding an appropriate rating or a person holding an appropriate military rating. The applicant must also successfully complete knowledge and oral/practical tests.

B.    Senior Parachute Rigger Requirements, Based on Military Competence. The applicant meets the requirements of §§ 65.115 (a) and 65.117. He or she must have packed, as a military rated parachute rigger, at least 20 parachutes of each type for which a rating is sought. The Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) aviation safety inspector (ASI) (Airworthiness) will process and issue the application for testing, and issue the senior parachute rigger Temporary Airman Certificate after the applicant passes the written test. The ASI will print the information in 1) and 2) below in the remarks section of military applicants 8610-2.

1)    Applicant, for correct written test.
2)    The applicant is eligible for a senior parachute rigger certificate as provided in § 65.115(a). No oral and practical test required.

C.    Master Parachute Rigger Requirements.

1)    The applicant must have at least 3 years of experience as a parachute rigger and must have packed at least 100 parachutes of each of two types in common use, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
2)    The applicant must have met these requirements under one or more of the following conditions:

·    While a senior parachute rigger.

·    While under the supervision of a certificated and appropriately rated parachute rigger.

·    While under the supervision of a person holding appropriate military ratings.

3)    An applicant for a master certificate who does not hold a senior certificate must successfully complete knowledge and oral/practical tests. An applicant holding a senior parachute rigger certificate is not required to take a knowledge test.

D.    Experience Substantiation. In order to substantiate experience, the applicant must submit documentation, such as logbooks, satisfactory to the Administrator.


A.    Original Certification. At the time of original certification, each parachute rigger will be assigned a three-character identification seal symbol, which will consist of a combination of numbers and/or letters. The parachute rigger will also be issued FAA Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certificate.

NOTE:  The FSDO that is in need of seal symbols (three-character identifier) that consists of numbers and/or letters will contact the Airmen Certification Branch (AFS-760), and request a block of seal symbols. Once this request is received by AFS-760, the FSDO will be sent a list of seal symbols that can be assigned to the parachute rigger applicant. The unique seal symbol that is assigned to the applicant must be identical to the seal symbol shown on the Temporary Airman Certificate and the back of FAA Form 8610-2, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application. For lead seal, refer to FAA‑H‑8083‑17, Figure 5-68.

Indicates new/changed information.

B.    Certificated Senior Parachute Rigger. A certificated senior parachute rigger may pack and maintain (except for major repair or alteration) or supervise the packing of the types of parachute for which the rigger is rated.

Indicates new/changed information.

C.    Certificated Master Parachute Rigger. A certificated master parachute rigger may pack, maintain, or alter the type(s) of parachute for which the rigger is rated. The master parachute rigger may also supervise other persons in packing, maintaining, or altering any type of parachute for which the rigger has a rating in accordance with 14 CFR part 105, § 105.43(a) or § 105.45(b)(1) of this chapter.

D.    Certificated Parachute Rigger. A certificated parachute rigger, without respect to ratings, may pack, maintain, or alter the main parachute of a dual parachute system to be used for intentional jumping.

E.    Current Certificate and Type Rating. No person may pack, maintain, or alter any personnel-carrying parachute intended for emergency use in connection with civil aircraft of the United States (including the reserve parachute of a dual parachute system to be used for intentional parachute jumping) unless that person holds an appropriate current certificate and type rating.


A.    Record Entries. A certificated parachute rigger must keep records of the packing, maintenance, and alteration of parachutes, as performed or supervised. The record entries must include the following information for each parachute:

·    Type and make,

·    Serial number,

·    Name and address of owner,

·    Kind and extent of worked performed,

·    Date when and place where the rigger performed the work, and

·    Results of drop tests.

B.    Parachute Records. The certificated parachute rigger must keep each record of the packing, maintenance, and alteration of parachutes for at least 2 years after the date of that activity.

C.    Parachute Packing Record. The parachute packing record or card carried with the parachute shall show the date and place of the packing, any defects found on inspection, and the signature of the rigger with his or her certificate number in accordance with § 65.131(c).

Indicates new/changed information.

D.    Rigger Seal Symbol. Each certificated parachute rigger must have a seal with an identifying mark prescribed by the Administrator and a seal press. After packing a parachute, he or she shall seal the pack with his or her seal in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendation for that type of parachute. Although not required by rule, many riggers record their seal symbols on the parachute pack card, which allows the customer or other rigger the ability to correlate the last entry with the seal on the parachute.

Indicates new/changed information.

5-1338    FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT. Adequate facilities and equipment must be available to the certificated parachute rigger during the exercise of certificate privileges, but are not required to be approved in advance by the FAA in accordance with § 65.127.



A.    References (current editions):

·    Advisory Circular (AC) 65-5, Parachute Rigger Senior/Master Certification Guide;

·    FAA Order 8080.6, Conduct of Airman Knowledge Tests; and

·    FAA Order 8900.2, General Aviation Airman Designee Handbook.

B.    Forms:

·    FAA Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certificate;

·    FAA Form 8060-5, Notice of Disapproval of Application;

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

·    N 8900.195, Appendix B for Pilots Bill of Rights and acknowledgement form.

C.    Job Aids. None.

5-1341    PROCEDURES.

A.    Review the Application.

1)    Ensure that the applicant provides photo identification. When the applicant has presented satisfactory identification, indicate the type of identification in the “Remarks” section on the reverse side of FAA Form 8610-2. Acceptable identification may include the following:

·    Valid driver’s license,

·    Passport,

·    Military ID (or Department of Defense (DOD) DD Form 2 or 2A).

2)    If the applicant has previously held or currently holds an airman’s certificate, check the Enforcement Information System (EIS) file.
a)    Obtain a copy of any suspension/revocation order for review, if applicable.
b)    If the applicant is ineligible for a certificate/rating, return the application and take any appropriate enforcement action.
3)    Ensure that documented information is sufficient to determine the type and number of parachutes packed by the applicant.
4)    Ensure that documents provide a complete and positive record of meeting the requirements.
5)    If the applicant is eligible, proceed with the certification.

B.    Certificate/Rating Requirements. Ensure that the applicant meets the requirements for the certificate/rating as follows:

1)    Ensure that the applicant has met skills and experience requirements.
2)    Determine that the applicant can read, write, speak, and understand English.
3)    Verify that the applicant is at least 18 years old.

C.    Proof of Successful Completion. Ensure that applications for oral and practical tests include proof of successful completion of the applicable knowledge tests. Review the applicant’s FAA Form 8610-2 to ensure that all pertinent information is furnished.

D.    Oral and Practical Tests. Ensure that the examiner or inspector administers oral and practical tests and that the applicant passes them. Ensure that only designated parachute rigger examiners or an FAA Airworthiness ASI with applicable parachute experience give these tests.

1)    Ensure that the test(s) consist of questions and projects directly related to the type of parachute for which the applicant seeks a rating.
2)    Ensure that each rating has its own oral/practical test.

E.    Results. Evaluate the oral and practical test results.

5-1342    TASK OUTCOMES.

A.    Complete the PTRS Record.

B.    Complete the Task. Successful completion of this task will result in the following:

1)    Completion of FAA Form 8610-2.
a)    When the applicant passes a section of the oral/practical test, check the “Pass” block and indicate the expiration date.
b)    Fill out the FAA “Inspector Report” portion.
2)    Completion of FAA Form 8060-4, in duplicate. FAA Form 8060-4 must be either typewritten or filled out in ink. Both the issuing FAA Airworthiness inspector and the applicant must sign the applicant’s copy of the temporary certificate. For military applicants, FAA Form 8060-4 is to be issued by a FSDO ASI after review of the applicant’s limited FAA written test results and FAA 8610-2 application form.
a)    For the original issuance, enter the word “pending” in Block III.
b)    For reissuance, Block III will continue to show the previously assigned certificate number. If the applicant provides a Social Security Number (SSN), enter the number without dashes or spaces immediately above the applicant’s date of birth. A certificate may be reissued when an airman requests that the certificate number correspond with the applicant’s SSN.
3)    Submitting a file to the AFS-760, to contain the following:

·    Original completed application (FAA Form 8610-2),

·    Original-typed FAA Form 8060-4,

·    Aeronautical Center Form 8080-2, Airman Written Test Report (test results from previous certification, if applicable),

·    Duplicate FAA Form 8610-2 or 8060-5 to report retest,

·    If the applicant’s retesting occurs within 30 days after failure, the letter certifying that the applicant has received further instruction, and

·    Aeronautical Center Form 8060-1, FAA Airman Certificate, or FAA Form 8060-4, previously held certificate, for added ratings.

·    N 8900.195, Appendix B for Pilots Bill of Rights, signed acknowledgement.

C.    Deny a Certificate/Added Rating. When the applicant cannot show proof of meeting all of the eligibility requirements, fails any required section of the oral or practical test, or does not complete the test, accomplish the following:

·    Complete the “FAA Inspector Report” portion of FAA Form 8610-2.

·    Present the duplicate copy to the applicant as a record of the sections passed or failed. Counsel the applicant, if needed.

·    Return other documents to the applicant, as appropriate.


A.    Retest after Failure. Conduct knowledge retests in accordance with the procedures in the current edition of FAA Order 8080.6.

1)    Normally an applicant must wait 30 days to retake a failed test. In order to take the test sooner, a statement must be presented certifying that the applicant has been given at least 5 hours of additional instruction in each of the subjects failed and is now considered ready for retesting. This statement must be from a certificated and appropriately rated parachute rigger, or a person holding an appropriate military rating.
2)    The oral and practical retests must cover all the subject areas in the failed section, as indicated on the application.
3)    If the applicant fails again, complete FAA Form 8610-2 only for the sections included in the retest. The Aeronautical Center Form 8080-2 presented by an unsuccessful applicant for the oral/practical retest will be returned to the applicant with a new duplicate of FAA Form 8610-2.

B.    Routine Surveillance.

RESERVED. Paragraphs 5-1344 through 5-1360.