The FAA has assigned the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) a new task to make recommendations on the feasibly of allowing a repairman certificate issued under § 65.101 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to be portable from one employing certificate holder to another.
Establishment of the working group was directed through Congress in 2018. The mandate directs the FAA to assign to ARAC the task of making recommendations with respect to the regulatory and policy changes, as appropriate, to allow a repairman certificate to be more portable from one employing certificate holder to another.
Currently, under § 65.101, individuals employed and recommended by an FAA-certificated repair station or air carrier, may apply for and obtain a repairman certificate allowing supervision and/or approval for return to service of the maintenance, preventive maintenance, or alteration of civil aviation products and articles performed under the auspices of the air carrier or repair station certificate. The repairman certificate differs from a mechanic certificate issued under part 65 subpart D, in that it only qualifies the individual to work under the authority of an air agency repair station or air carrier certificate (i.e., "only in connection with the duties for the certificate holder by whom the repairman was employed and recommended"). When the repairman leaves the employment of the repair station or air carrier, the individual loses the repairman certificate and the individual and the new employer must reapply for another repairman certificate.
The Working Group is asked to provide recommendations on the feasibility of increasing the portability of repairmen certificates across employing certificate holder.
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