Orlando FSDO Jumps the Gun on IA Renewal Policy
January 21, 2011 —During the past couple of days, airframe and powerplant mechanics who hold an inspection authorization (A&P-IA) and who operate within the area administered by the Orlando Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) received a letter from the FSDO that attempted to implement the recently proposed revision to the FAA national policy regarding the renewal and initial application of an Inspection Authorization. That proposed language has not been adopted by the FAA, and the FSDO made an error in attempting to put it in place at this time. FAA headquarters was quick to request a correction be mailed by the FSDO to the affected mechanics. (See copy of the FSDO’s letter here.)
While we have no reports of other FSDOs attempting to implement the proposed policy, we would ask that if any other members received letters from their local FSDO that vary significantly in content from a previous year's renewal letter, please notify EAA via e-mail at email@example.com.