Since Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 65 was covered only briefly in Chapter 2, Regulations, Maintenance Forms, Records, and Publications, it is discussed in greater detail in this chapter. This chapter discusses the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulation governing the certification of airmen other than flight crew members. This chapter is based on the material contained in 14 CFR part 65, which has the following subparts:
- Subpart A—General
- Subpart B—Air Traffic Control Tower Operators
- Subpart C—Aircraft Dispatchers
- Subpart D—Mechanics
- Subpart E—Repairmen
- Subpart F—Parachute Riggers
This chapter only focuses on the certification of maintenance technicians and, therefore, subparts B, C, E, and F are not addressed.
- Mechanic Certification: Subpart A— General (by 14 CFR Section)
- Mechanic Certification: Subpart D— Mechanics (by 14 CFR Section)
- Inspection Authorization (IA) (by 14 CFR Section)
The FAA certificates two separate categories of maintenance technicians: mechanic and repairman. The fundamental difference between these two is that the mechanic certificate is transportable, is issued to the technician based upon his or her training and knowledge, and is not dependent on the technician’s location. Although the repairman certificate is also based upon the training and knowledge of the technician, it is specifically issued to that technician while he or she is employed at a distinct location of a specific company. This certificate carries a literal address where he or she is authorized to work using his or her repairman skills. When the technician is no longer employed there, the repairman certificate must be returned to the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) that issued it.