AIRFRAME AND POWERPLANT MECHANIC TEST QUICK GUIDE
This is in reference to your request for information regarding eligibility for authorization to take the written, oral and practical examinations for the FAA Airframe and/or Powerplant Mechanic Certificate. Please read and be familiar with Part 65 of the U.S. Federal Aviation Regulations (FARS). To be eligible, you must show documentation that you meet the requirements of FAR 65.77 to an FAA Airworthiness Inspector during a personal interview.
Please note that for a person who is not a U.S. citizen or resident alien, FAR 65.3 states: “A person who is neither a U.S. citizen nor a resident alien is issued a certificate under subpart D of this part, outside the United States, only when the Administrator finds that the certificate is needed for the operation or continued airworthiness of U.S.-registered civil aircraft.”Applicants may make an appointment for interview with International Field Office to determine if you are eligible to test.
If the requirements are met a written test authorization will be issued. The knowledge test will be administered by a Computer Testing Designee. Once you have successfully passed the knowledge test(s) you will be required to pass an oral and practical exam administered by a Designated Mechanic Examiner. Appointments should not be made unless you feel confident that you meet the requirements and have documentation to support the requested certificate(s)
The FAA charges a fee to all applicants–both foreign national and U.S. citizens–for airman certification/approval actions performed outside the United States. The following pages contain information that should answer questions you may have. If you have any further questions concerning this matter please contact this office.
EXCERPTS FROM PART 65 OF FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATION (FAR)
SUBPARTS A & D
FAR 65.3 – A person who is neither a U.S. citizen nor a resident alien is issued a certificate under D of this part, outside the United States, only when the Administrator finds that the certificate is needed for the operation or continued airworthiness of U.S. registered civil aircraft.
FAR 65.11 (b) – An applicant who meets the requirements of this part is entitled to an appropriate certificate and rating.
FAR 65.19 – An applicant who fails a knowledge, oral or practical test for a certificate or rating, or for an additional rating, under this part, may apply for retesting after 30 days from the date the applicant fails the test: or signed statement from an airman holding the certificate and rating sought by the applicant, certifying that the airman has given the applicant additional instruction in each subjects failed and that the airman considers the applicant ready for retesting.
FAR 65.71 (a) – To be eligible for a mechanic certificate and associated ratings, a person must:
(1) Be at least 18 years of age;
(2) Be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language.
(3) Have passed all of the prescribed tests within a period of 24 months; and
(b) – A certificated mechanic who applies for an additional rating, must meet the requirements of paragraph 65.77 and, within a period of 24 months, pass the tests prescribed by paragraphs 65.75 and 65.79 for additional rating sought.
FAR 65.73 (a) – The following ratings are issued under this sub part:
1. Air frame 2. Power-plant
FAR 65.75 (a) – Each applicant for a mechanic certificate or rating must pass a knowledge test covering the construction and maintenance of aircraft appropriate to the rating he seeks, the regulation in this subpart, and the applicable provisions of Part 43 and 91. The basic principles covering the installation and maintenance of propeller are included in the powerplant test.
(b) – The applicant must pass each section of the test before applying for the skill tests prescribed in paragraph 65.79.
FAR 65.77 – Each applicant for mechanic certificate or rating must present to an FAA airworthiness inspector, either an appropriate graduation certificate or certificate of completion from a certified aviation maintenance technical school or documentary evidence, satisfactory to the administrator.
(a) – At least 18 months of practical experience with the procedures, practices, materials, tools, altering airframes, or powerplants appropriate to the rating sought; or
(b) – At least 30 months of practical experience concurrently performing the duties appropriate to both the airframe and powerplant ratings.
NOTE: All applicants claiming civil and/or military experience, as a basis for qualification, must have their experience evaluated and certified by an FAA airworthiness inspector before taking the required test.
Applicant must provide specific detailed documented evidence related to all work performed on either airframe or powerplant. This applies also for applicants whose military job code (MOS/AFSC) qualify them for only one rating.
(A) If U.S. military experience is used to qualify for Airframes and / or Powerplant ratings, the applicant must present the following documentation to the Frankfurt International Field Office.:
1. If enrolled in the FAA/Military Certification of Performance of Job Tasks program to gain authorization for testing under Title 14, CFR Part 65.77, bring FAA Certification Performance of Job Tasks (Form CG-G-EAE-2) and the Certificate of Eligibility (CG-G-EAE-4), signed and issued by the FAA-Approved Signature Authority from thetechnician’s branch of service, and carrying the authentic raised embossed seal from the issuing organization.
2. Personnel records indicating length of service active in MOS/AFSC Codes.(DD-214, Air Force Forms 2096/623, Army Form 2-A, etc.).
3. Maintenance Training Records, showing the type of aviation schools the applicant attended and/or a record of on-the-job training.
4. Positive form of identification.
5. A letter from the applicant’s executive officer, maintenance officer, or classification officer that certifies the applicant’s length of military service, the amount of time the applicant worked in each MOS/AFSC, the make and model of aircraft and/ or engine on which the applicant acquired the practical experience, and where the experience was obtained.
6. NOTE: Please remember that the time spent in training or in an MOS/AFSC for supervision and/or inspection should not be counted toward the 18 or 30 months of practical experience required in FAR 65.77. Only actual hands-on experience is acceptable.
7. Letter from Commanding Officer or Supervisor attesting individual is active in MOS/AFSC. This letter can be combined with the transmittal letter referenced in item (5) above.
(B) A foreign applicant is required to meet the following additional requirements:
(1) Proof that certificate is needed for the maintenance and continued airworthiness of U.S.-registered aircraft. (Letter from employer and the owner/operator of U.S. – registered aircraft to be maintained. Include aircraft make, model and U.S.-registration)
(2) Positive identification (such as a passport) with photo, date of birth & signature. Foreign nationals must present personal identification of a type recognized internationally.
(3) A signed and detailed statement of experience from their employer substantiating the specific type of maintenance performed, and the duration and full time status of that employment. Records presented by foreign nationals must be originals and must be verified by appropriate foreign air authority, in writing.
(4) A statement of experience verification obtained from a foreign airworthiness authority of the country in which the experience was gained or from an advisor of the International Civil Aviation Organization that will validate the applicant’s experience.
(5) Special attention – Foreign applicants who work full time at an FAA certified repair station may not qualify for airframe or powerplant rating as they are not needed to perform their duties at the repair station. (FAR 145.75 (b)
FAR 65.79 – Each applicant for mechanic certificate or rating must pass an oral and a practical test on the rating he seeks. The tests cover the applicant’s basic skill in performing practical projects on the subjects covered by the knowledge test for that rating. An applicant for a powerplant rating must show the ability to make satisfactory minor repairs to, and minor alterations of, propellers.
Advisory Circular 187-1D, Flight Standards Service Schedule of Charges Outside the United States, identifies the following fees related to mechanic certification:
(1) Authorizations for knowledge tests – $77.00 (each rating)
(2) Inspector review for all tests, approvals, ratings given by designated examiners and evaluators – $77.00 The fees for item (1) will be collected at the time of applicant interview at Frankfurt IFO and must be paid by a check, credit card or money order drawn on a U.S. bank, and made payable to the Federal Aviation
Administration. The fee for item (2) Form will be collected by the designee giving the test.
NOTE: Current FAA Guidance on A&P authorizations is available in
FAA Order 8900.1, Volume 5, Chapter 5, Section 3, “Certificate Foreign Applicant Located Outside the U.S. for Part 65 Mechanic Certificate/Ratings”. Available at:
Knowledge test authorizations (FAA Form 8060-7) are issued at the Frankfurt International
Field Office, Giessenerstrasse 30, 60435, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Phone: 069-7535-7700;
We are Located in the US Consulate Building. (Enter at the Wetzlarer Strasse Gate 4, and have the guard call the FAA at extension 7700).
The knowledge examinations are multiple choice type in which several possible answers are given. The entire Airframe examination or Powerplant examination must be taken at one sitting. However, the applicant need retake only the section or sections of the examination he failed.
PART I General 1 1/2 hours
PART II Airframe (2 sections) 2 hours
PART II Powerplant (2 sections) 2 hours
An applicant for an Airframe or Powerplant mechanic knowledge test is not required to take the General section of the test, if he has:
(A) A mechanic certificate with the alternate rating;
(B) A knowledge test report of grade for the alternate rating that shows unexpired passing credit for the General section; oral or practical part of the mechanic rating if he can show he has previously passed it.
(C) Taken the test for alternate rating but has received the report of grade.
(D) An applicant is not required to take the General section of the oral.
The oral and practical test is given by a Designated Mechanic Examiner (DME). A reasonable fee may be charged. A mutual understanding and agreement of total fee to be charged should be reached before tests are begun. A list of DMEs will be provided, and the applicant will schedule testing directly with the DME of choice. An applicant for an Airframe and /or Powerplant Certificate should be able to document experience in the majority of the listed subjects for the rating sought, as determined by the interviewing FAA airworthiness inspector for the following: (See Attachment “A”)
ATTACHMENT “A” KNOWLEDGE TEST SUBJECT AREAS
GENERAL – Airframe and Powerplant
Weight and balance
Fluid lines and fittings
Materials and procedures
Ground operation and servicing
Cleaning and corrosion control
Maintenance forms and records
Mechanic privileges and limitations
Sheet metal structures
Assembly and rigging
AIRFRAME SYSTEMS & COMPONENTS
Aircraft landing gear systems
Hydraulic and pneumatic power systems
Cabin atmosphere control systems
Aircraft instrument systems
Communication and navigation systems
Aircraft fuel systems
Aircraft electrical systems
Position and warning systems
Ice and rain control systems
Fire protection systems
POWERPLANT THEORY AND MAINTENANCE
POWERPLANT SYSTEMS & COMPONENTS
Engine instrument systems
Engine fire protection systems
Engine electrical systems
Fuel metering systems
Engine fuel systems
Engine cooling systems
Engine exhaust systems
SUGGESTED REFERENCE AND STUDY MATERIAL
AP-IA BOOK STORE- http://AP-IAbooks.com
The following publications are excellent reference and study materials for preparation to take the written and oral tests for mechanic certification.
Acceptable Methods, Techniques and Practices – Aircraft
Inspection and Repair
Acceptable Methods, Techniques – Aircraft Alterations
Airframe and Powerplant Certificate Guide
Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics General Handbook
Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics Certification Information
Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics Powerplant Handbook
Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics Airframe Handbook
Flight Standards Service Schedule of Charges Outside the
Aviation Mechanic – General Question Book
Aviation Mechanic – Powerplant Question Book
Aviation Mechanic – Airframe Question Book
The FAA website for information regarding A&P issuance, renewal and frequently asked questions is: