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Federal Aviation Administration, DOT 

§ 65.80 

Subpart D—Mechanics 

§ 65.71

Eligibility requirements: Gen-


(a) To be eligible for a mechanic cer-

tificate and associated ratings, a per-
son must— 

(1) Be at least 18 years of age; 
(2) Be able to read, write, speak, and 

understand the English language, or in 
the case of an applicant who does not 
meet this requirement and who is em-
ployed outside of the United States by 
a U.S. air carrier, have his certificate 
endorsed ‘‘Valid only outside the 
United States’’; 

(3) Have passed all of the prescribed 

tests within a period of 24 months; and 

(4) Comply with the sections of this 

subpart that apply to the rating he 

(b) A certificated mechanic who ap-

plies for an additional rating must 
meet the requirements of § 65.77 and, 
within a period of 24 months, pass the 
tests prescribed by §§ 65.75 and 65.79 for 
the additional rating sought. 

[Doc. No. 1179, 27 FR 7973, Aug. 10, 1962, as 
amended by Amdt. 65–6, 31 FR 5950, Apr. 19, 

§ 65.73


(a) The following ratings are issued 

under this subpart: 

(1) Airframe. 
(2) Powerplant. 
(b) A mechanic certificate with an 

aircraft or aircraft engine rating, or 
both, that was issued before, and was 
valid on, June 15, 1952, is equal to a me-
chanic certificate with an airframe or 
powerplant rating, or both, as the case 
may be, and may be exchanged for such 
a corresponding certificate and rating 
or ratings. 

§ 65.75

Knowledge requirements. 

(a) Each applicant for a mechanic 

certificate or rating must, after meet-
ing the applicable experience require-
ments of § 65.77, pass a written test cov-
ering the construction and mainte-
nance of aircraft appropriate to the 
rating he seeks, the regulations in this 
subpart, and the applicable provisions 
of parts 43 and 91 of this chapter. The 
basic principles covering the installa-
tion and maintenance of propellers are 
included in the powerplant test. 

(b) The applicant must pass each sec-

tion of the test before applying for the 
oral and practical tests prescribed by 
§ 65.79. A report of the written test is 
sent to the applicant. 

[Doc. No. 1179, 27 FR 7973, Aug. 10, 1962, as 
amended by Amdt. 65–1, 27 FR 10410, Oct. 25, 
1962; Amdt. 65–6, 31 FR 5950, Apr. 19, 1966] 

§ 65.77

Experience requirements. 

Each applicant for a mechanic cer-

tificate or rating must present either 
an appropriate graduation certificate 
or certificate of completion from a cer-
tificated aviation maintenance techni-
cian school or documentary evidence, 
satisfactory to the Administrator, of— 

(a) At least 18 months of practical ex-

perience with the procedures, prac-
tices, materials, tools, machine tools, 
and equipment generally used in con-
structing, maintaining, or altering air-
frames, or powerplants appropriate to 
the rating sought; or 

(b) At least 30 months of practical ex-

perience concurrently performing the 
duties appropriate to both the airframe 
and powerplant ratings. 

[Doc. No. 1179, 27 FR 7973, Aug. 10, 1962, as 
amended by Amdt. 65–14, 35 FR 5533, Apr. 3, 

§ 65.79

Skill requirements. 

Each applicant for a mechanic cer-

tificate 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 written 
test for that rating. An applicant for a 
powerplant rating must show his abil-
ity to make satisfactory minor repairs 
to, and minor alterations of, propellers. 

§ 65.80

Certificated aviation mainte-

nance technician school students. 

Whenever an aviation maintenance 

technician school certificated under 
part 147 of this chapter shows to an 
FAA inspector that any of its students 
has made satisfactory progress at the 
school and is prepared to take the oral 
and practical tests prescribed by § 65.79, 
that student may take those tests dur-
ing the final subjects of his training in 
the approved curriculum, before he 
meets the applicable experience re-
quirements of § 65.77 and before he 

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