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Member Advocacy: Obtaining a Repairman Certificate

January 26, 2017 - After being contacted by a member struggling to obtain his amateur-built repairman certificate, EAA’s government advocacy team was able to work with an FAA flight standards district office (FSDO) to clarify regulations and ensure that the member’s application was approved. This is just one example of the small, but meaningful successes EAA works to achieve for its members on a routine basis. 

In accordance with FAA Order 8900.1, to be eligible for a repairman certificate an amateur-built aircraft owner must prove either that they were the original builder of the aircraft or that they have the expertise to sufficiently perform condition inspections for safe aircraft operation.  The EAA member had difficulty with an inconsistent interpretation of the FAA order and its meaning.

To obtain a repairman certificate, a person must apply directly through an FAA FSDO. Members with any questions on the process can contact EAA’s government advocacy team for guidance.

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