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  • Hold a current AMT with airframe rating
  • The AMT must be in effect for at least three years
  • Pass a knowledge test within 24 months of the date of applying for the rating, or hold a current and valid ground instructor or flight instructor rating or present documentary evidence showing a degree in education from an accredited institution, or hold a current, state teacher’s certificate, or show the Administrator that the applicant has served as an aviation maintenance instructor or supervisor at a Part 147 school.

10. Part 147 instructors under the proposed rule will be required to document 300 hours of instructional or supervisory time for each 24 preceding months, or complete an instructor’s refresher course each 24 months.

11. Proposed changes in the NPRM for the Inspection Authorization are:

  • The holder of an IA must have either an AMT or an AMT(T).
  • An application for an IA must have completed an 8-hour IA inspection authorization refresher course within 12 calendar months prior to applying for an IA (Section 66.151).
  • An AMT(T) with an IA can sign off Part 25/29 category aircraft if approved by the carrier. The IA is renewed every 24 calendar months; and annuals, major repairs, or alterations required for renewal, can be combined (Section 66.155). However, if the IA plans to renew by going to an IA refresher course, the required refresher course time is doubled to 16 hours. The 16-hour requirement can be spread out over the 24-month period.

12. The NPRM will make the term “Repairman” obsolete. It will be replaced with the term: “Aviation Repair Specialists” (ARS). There will be three different kinds of ratings: ARS I, ARS II, and ARS III.

13. The proposed ARS I applicant must be 18 years of age, understand and speak the English language, and present a certificate or other documentary evidence that demonstrates satisfactory completion of training course or program that is recognized by the FAA as meeting a national or international standard for a rating/certificate in a certain specialty area. The ARS I is issued to the individual and not the repair station or air carrier and may be issued based on national and international qualifications. Unlike the ARS II certificate, the ARS I certificate is independent of repair stations or air carriers that the holder works for. If the ARS I changes employers, the ARS I certificate goes with the individual. The ARS I must understand the current instructions of the certificate holder that relate to the specific operations that the ARS I performs (Section 66.201 and 66.209).

14. The ARS II is basically the same as the current repairman certificate. The proposed ARS II applicant must be 18 years of age, understand and speak the English language, be specially qualified to perform maintenance on aircraft, be employed by an air carrier or repair station in a specific job that requires those special qualifications according to its continuous airworthiness maintenance program identified under its operating certificate or approved operations specifications. The ARS II applicant must be recommended for certification by his or her employer, and have at least 3,000 hours of practical experience in the maintenance duties required to be performed under the ARS II rating, or have formal training in the specialty that is acceptable to the Administrator. In addition, the ARS II is held accountable for and must understand the limitations of the Manual of each certificate he or she works for (Section 66.209). Current repairmen will be grandfathered into ARS II under the proposed rule.

15. The ARS III is issued for experimental aircraft builders. The ARS III is almost identical to the old repairman rule in Part 65 (Section 66.205) and current repairmen (experimental, amateur-built) will be grandfathered.

Anyone can visit the rules docket in room 915G on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and review the comments that have been submitted. For those of you with minds that are now a cauldron of questions on the proposed rule change, you can contact Les Vipond, the rule’s program manager at (202) 267-3269.

If I may, I would like to offer some suggestions on how to comment successfully. Please tell us what you like about the new rule change as well as what you do not like. If you do not like a proposed rule change, please tell us why and offer your solutions or recommendations. Be clear, complete, and correct in all your comments. Also, avoid what I call Xerox birthday card comments. This is where one individual gets all excited about a rule, and runs off a million copies of his comment letter to the docket, and then gets everybody within a 45-mile radius of his house to sign on the dotted line. The FAA will treat such a letter as you or I would treat a Xerox birthday card.

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