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Eligibility requirements To Get An Airframe and Powerplant License

Eligibility requirements  

Use this check list to determine your eligibility to undertake an A&P license.  We cannot stress enough there is no way around this.  We have witnessed many students waste their money on programs thinking this will allow them to take their exams. you must meet these requirements before purchasing anything or considering taking your A&P.   

If you are a US Citizen. 

You must be; 

  • at least 18 years old and fluent in the English language. 
  • You must have 18 months of practical experience with either power plants or airframes, or 30 months of practical experience working on both at the same time. As an alternative to this experience requirement, you can graduate from an FAA-Approved Aviation Maintenance Technician School.   

If you are not a U.S. citizen and live outside the United States. 

You must be; 

  • at least 18 years old and fluent in the English language. 
  • You must have 18 months of practical experience with either power plants or airframes, or 30 months of practical experience working on both at the same time. This will depend on if you are sitting either your airframe or powerplant, or both. 

As an alternative to this experience requirement, you can graduate from an FAA-Approved Aviation Maintenance Technician School.  

  • Demonstrate you need a mechanic certificate to maintain U.S.-registered civil aircraft and you are neither a U.S. citizen nor a resident alien. 

This is something you can discuss with your FAA inspector.  The reasons for wanting an A&P to certify American aircraft include but are not limited to – you could be wanting to further your career and gain an extra qualification, you could be looking at moving to the US in the near future, you may want to apply for an airline that does require you to hold an A&P. Remember, the FAA inspector will like to see you have a need for an A&P, rather than your license just sitting on the shelf collecting dust.  

  • Provide a detailed statement from your employer stating what specific types of maintenance you preformed on each aircraft, and how long you performed it. 

This letter should be a certain format which will enable the FAA inspector to see signed evidence of the work you have carried out.  This letter must cover everything to meet the inspectors’ requirements. We have done the hard work and created a template for you, please click here. 

  • Provide a letter from the foreign airworthiness authority of the country in which you got your experience, or from an advisor of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), validating your maintenance experience. 
    5. Make sure all the documents you provide are signed and dated originals. 
    6. Pay the fee for the document review. 

FAA Experience Requirements to Become an Aircraft Mechanic (A & P) 

There are 3 different ways for you to gain the experience which will deem you suitable for gaining you’re A&P licence, and satisfying the FAA requirements.  

To make it clear, these entry requirements have to be met before going for your A&P license.  

  1. You can attend one of the 170 FAR part 147 Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools based all over the US.  The schools will cover everything to prep you for your A&P, and most institutes will also cover avionic studies.  However, there are some entry requirements, you will need a high school diploma or a General Education Diploma (GED) to get in to most schools.                                                                                                                                                  The school program will usually last from anywhere between 12 months and 24 months, and it is after graduating that you are then ready to take your A&P exams. 
  1. You can work at an FAA Repair Station/FBO or you can work under the CAA on commercial or military aircraft.  This must be under the supervision of a certified mechanic for 18 months for each certificate, or 30 months for both the airframe and powerplant. As we mentioned above, you must document your experience – this could be from a range of ways from payslips to logbooks, and proof of employment and experience being in the form of a signed letter from your employer or a supervising engineer.  We strongly recommend holding a CAP741 logbook for those who work under the Civil Aviation Authority.  For those with a CAA license, you will need to apply for a FAA support letter, you can do this here. 
  1. You can join one of the armed services and get training and experience in aircraft maintenance. Please remember you would have to be in a military occupational specialty for which FAA gives credit. You can get a current list of acceptable specialties from the local FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). 

Here at Aero-Mech Zone we will guide you through the whole process and the steps you must take in order to gain you’re A&P.  When you meet with the FAA inspector you will have to present an official letter from your employer which will state your length of service and the aircraft types you have worked on.  This must include experience on the rating you are going for (or both if you will be going for the full A&P).  You must ensure that the time you account for with your experience does not include training, and only includes employment.  You must hold proof of your experience, and as an unlicensed mechanic this must be in written form with signatory from your certifying engineer. Once you have this experience together and it has been reviewed by an FAA airworthiness Inspector the FAA will give you credit for your practical experience which in turn will allow you to then prepare for your Airframe, General, and Powerplant written, practical and oral exams.   

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