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VOLUME 5  AIRMAN CERTIFICATION

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

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Section 5  Repairman Certificate for Experimental Aircraft Builder Under 14 CFR § 65.104

5-1216    PROGRAM TRACKING AND REPORTING SUBSYSTEM (PTRS) ACTIVITY CODES.

A.    Maintenance: 3510.

B.    Avionics: 5510.

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5-1217    OBJECTIVE. This section provides guidance for the issuance of a Repairman Certificate (Experimental Aircraft Builder), the process of voluntarily surrendering the certificate, and processing the certificate when it is superseded.

5-1218    GENERAL. Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 65, § 65.104 allows the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to issue a Repairman Certificate (Experimental Aircraft Builder) to one single individual identified as the primary builder of an aircraft certificated under 14 CFR part 21, § 21.191(g). This regulation describes operating an amateur-built aircraft, of which a major portion has been fabricated and assembled, by persons who undertook the construction project solely for their own education or recreation. An Airworthiness aviation safety inspector (ASI) with an FAA Mechanic Certificate with both Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) ratings is the representative in the FAA who is the only one authorized to evaluate and approve an applicant for the issuance of a § 65.104 certificate. These repairmen certificated under § 65.104 are not associated with repairmen certificated under § 65.103 and § 65.107.

A.    Primary Builder. The FAA may only certificate the primary builder identified for each amateur‑built aircraft for an issuance of a Repairman Certificate (Experimental Aircraft Builder). The holder of the certificate is privileged to perform inspections that include the condition inspections required by the operating limitations that may have the same applicable inspections in scope and detail in 14 CFR part 43 appendix D.

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B.    Aircraft Manufacturing Companies. Aircraft manufacturing companies that produce experimental aircraft are not eligible to receive Repairman Certificates (Experimental Aircraft Builder).

5-1219    ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.

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.

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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) to be the primary builder for issuance of a Repairman Certificate (Experimental Aircraft Builder).
2)    An individual working alone who applies for a Repairman Certificate (Experimental Aircraft Builder) must build the majority of the aircraft to be considered the primary builder and 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:

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1)    The Airworthiness ASI has knowledge that the individual builder constructed the aircraft. The ASI may accept information from another Airworthiness ASI involved in the original aircraft certification and familiar with the builder’s expertise.
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NOTE:  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 ASIs may use EAA technical counselors as resources in verifying the builder’s expertise.

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2)    The applicant presents satisfactory evidence, such as a comprehensive builder’s log as described in AC 20-27.
3)    The applicant proves to the satisfaction of the ASI 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 primary builder of an amateur-built aircraft, who holds a Repairman Certificate (Experimental Aircraft Builder), may perform inspections that include the annual condition inspection required by the operating limitations. The certificate holder will perform condition inspections in the same scope and detail as in the applicable inspections of part 43 appendix D. The Repairman Certificate will identify the aircraft by make, model, serial number and the certification date. On the FAA-issued plastic certificate itself, in Item IX, it states “Repairman (Experimental Aircraft Builder).” The word “certificate” is not used, since the whole card is the certificate.

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.

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B.    Annual Condition Inspection. The operating limitations require that a § 65.104 repairman, appropriately rated repair station, or the holder of an FAA Mechanic Certificate with A&P ratings inspects the subject aircraft annually.

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) § 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. Direct SFA applicants to the following website to agree to the terms for the authorization: https://www.faa.gov/aircraft/gen_av/ultralights/sfa/media/amateur.pdf.

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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, direct applicants to https://www.faa.gov/aircraft/gen_av/ultralights/sfa/.

5-1222    SURRENDERED AND SUPERSEDED CERTIFICATES.

A.    Surrendered Certificates. Certificate holders should surrender § 65.104 Repairman Certificates whenever the aircraft is:

    Destroyed, or

    Sold.

NOTE:  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

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Airmen Certification Branch, AFB-720

P.O. Box 25082

Oklahoma City, OK 73125

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NOTE:  The certificate holder cannot transfer the § 65.104 certificate to the new owner.

B.    Superseded Certificates. Superseded certificates only apply to § 65.104 certificates when the primary builder requests a change to his or her name, date of birth, nationality, gender, or mailing address on the § 65.104 certificate. ASIs will ask the certificate holder if they want a § 65.104 superseded certificate destroyed locally or if the certificate holder would like to retain the superseded certificate. If the § 65.104 certificate holder wants to retain the certificate, the ASI must destroy the certificate by punching a hole through the holographic FAA emblem in the lower right-hand corner of the certificate with a hole punch. The hole should be at least approximately a quarter of an inch in diameter to ensure the destruction is obvious. The certificate may then be returned to the repairman. Process and approve a new FAA Form 8610-2, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application (see Figure 5-258, Sample FAA Form 8610-2, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application (Experimental Aircraft Builder)) for a § 65.104 certificate with the same aircraft listing the original make, model, serial number, and the certification date with new changed personal information and issue an FAA Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certificate (see Figure 5-256, Sample FAA Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certificate (Experimental Aircraft Builder)) with the new information and check the box for a reissuance of certificate.

5-1223    COORDINATION REQUIREMENTS. This task may require coordination with other Airworthiness ASIs familiar with the applicant’s skill and knowledge.

5-1224    REFERENCES, FORMS, AND JOB AIDS.

A.    References (current editions):

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

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

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    FAA Order 8130.2, Airworthiness Certification of Aircraft.

B.    Forms:

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

    FAA Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certificate.

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    Volume 14, Chapter 1, Section 3, Figure 14-1-3B, Sample Written Notification to an Airman Applicant.

C.    Job Aids. None.

5-1225    PROCEDURES.

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

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1)    The applicant fills out a Pilot’s Bill of Rights (PBR).
2)    The applicant is at least 18 years of age.
3)    The applicant meets the requirements of § 65.104.
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4)    The applicant proves to the satisfaction of the ASI 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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5)    The applicant will sign all forms in person and present a positive form of picture identification, such as a current U.S. driver’s license, passport, or U.S. military identification, at the time of application and Temporary Airman Certificate issuance. An applicant must provide a permanent mailing address which can be a post office box, rural route, or personal mailbox. However, if the applicant’s preferred mailing address is a post office box or personal mailbox, the applicant needs to furnish a map or written directions to his or her residence or furnish the actual residence address. Personal mailboxes that have appropriate apartment number, room number, and possible building listed for actual residence do not need a map or directions.
6)    ASIs should record the identification method in the “Remarks” block on the back of FAA Form 8610-2.

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.

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NOTE:  See Figure 5-257, Instructions for Completing FAA Form 8610-2, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application (Experimental Aircraft Builder), for specific instructions.

5-1226    TASK OUTCOMES.

A.    Complete the PTRS Record.

B.    Issue the 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.

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

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1)    Give the applicant one of the completed FAA Form 8060-4. Both the applicant and the ASI must sign this form. You can give a handwritten signed Temporary Airman Certificate to the repairman; however, you must send a typed Temporary Airman Certificate to the Airmen Certification Branch.
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 (SSN) as a certificate number.
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3)    In Item IV, enter the Repairman Experimental Aircraft Builder’s name exactly as it appears on the application.
4)    In Item V, enter the Repairman Experimental Aircraft Builder’s mailing address, date of birth, and physical description.
5)    In Item VI, enter the Repairman Experimental Aircraft Builder’s nationality.
6)    In Item VII, ensure the Repairman Experimental Aircraft Builder’s signs his or her name.
7)    FAA Form 8060-4 does not have an Item VIII.
8)    In Item IX, type the words “Repairman (Experimental Aircraft Builder),” without the quotation marks.
9)    In Item XII, enter the make and model, and in Item XIII, enter the serial number, and certification date (using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format) of the Aircraft. Ensure this matches Block III on FAA Form 8610-2.
10)    Check the box for an original issuance or the box for a reissuance of certificate, whichever is applicable.
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11)    If an exchange, ensure FAA Form 8060-4 shows the date (using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format) of the superseded certificate.
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12)    In Item X, ensure the date (using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format) of issuance is the same as the ASI’s approval date (using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format) in the “FAA Inspector’s Report” block.
13)    In Item X, the inspector signs, dates, and provides the inspector’s number as issued by FAA Form 110A, Aviation Safety Inspector’s Credential, in the appropriate blocks, and leaves “Date Designation Expires” blank.
14)    Complete the “FAA Inspector’s Report” block 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 Airman Certificate), ASI’s signature, and in the “FAA District Office” block, put the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) number.
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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 Experimental Aircraft Builder’s name, certificate number (pending), and date of birth (using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format) is annotated on the second page.

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15)    Send one completed FAA Form 8610-2, one completed PBR, and one completed original typed FAA Form 8060-4 to the Airmen Certification Branch.

C.    Deny the 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, Blocks I and IV (see Volume 5, Chapter 5, Section 2 for additional details). On approval, the inspector will issue a Temporary Airman 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) on FAA Form 8610‑2’s “FAA Inspector’s Report” block.

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 5-256.  Sample FAA Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certificate (Experimental Aircraft Builder)

Figure 5-256. Sample FAA Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certificate (Experimental Aircraft Builder)

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Figure 5-257.    Instructions for Completing FAA Form 8610-2, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application (Experimental Aircraft Builder)

NOTE:  The applicant can omit Block II.

Block I – Applicant Information:

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

Block B.   Social Security Number (SSN) – The FAA no longer uses SSNs; however, Block B cannot be left blank. Enter “DO NOT USE” in this block.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Block 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.”).

Block 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” block.

Block 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 post office 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.

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

Block L.   Have you ever had an Airman Certificate suspended or revoked? – The applicant must check either the YES box or the NO box. (Check YES only if it was a 14 CFR part 65, § 65.104 certificate. Refer to § 65.11.)

Block 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.

Block 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. For part 65 subpart D, E, or F certificates, alcohol charges do not apply. Refer to § 65.12.

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

This block is not required for a Repairman Certificate (Experimental Aircraft Builder).

Block III – Record of Experience:

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 block must match exactly what is shown on FAA Form 8060-4 in Item XII or risk return from AFB-720.

Block IV – Applicant’s Certification:

Block A. Signature – The applicant signs FAA Form 8610-2 as he/she normally signs his/her name. For verification purposes, the ASI 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” block on the reverse side of the form and expiration date using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format, if applicable.

Block B. Date – The applicant must enter the date (using the eight-digit (MM/DD/YYYY) format) when the FAA Form 8610-2 was signed.

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

NOTE: The Airmen Certification Branch no longer requires that the applicant fill out the “Applicant’s Certification” block, Block A or B, on the reverse side of FAA Form 8610-2 for a Repairman Certificate unless the date of issue on the Temporary Airman Certificate and the applicant’s certification in Block IV are not the same date. If the dates differ, Blocks A and B must be completed to correspond with the issue date on the Temporary Airman Certificate.

NOTE: The Temporary Airman Certificate FAA Form 8060-4 provided to the applicant may be completed in dark ink and handwritten; however, the Temporary Airman Certificate provided to the Airmen Certification Branch must be typed.

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Figure 5-258.    Sample FAA Form 8610-2, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application (Experimental Aircraft Builder)

Figure 5-258. Sample FAA Form 8610-2, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application (Experimental Aircraft Builder)

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Figure 5-258.    Sample FAA Form 8610-2, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application (Experimental Aircraft Builder) (Continued)

Figure 5-258. Sample FAA Form 8610-2, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application (Experimental Aircraft Builder) (Continued)

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