FAA will publish a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) to provide relief for mechanic applicants who have testing periods expiring between March and June 2020. Title 14 CFR 65.71 requires that an FAA mechanic applicant pass all prescribed testing (i.e., written, oral and practical) within 24 months. The FAA SFAR extends the testing period by three months for those whose testing period has or will expire between March and June 2020.
The SFAR also extends inspection authorization (IA) renewal deadlines for those FAA-certificated mechanics that hold IA. For those IA holders that were unable to meet renewal requirements by March 2020 (as required by 65.93), they will have until June 2020 to do so.
The SFAR, prompted by industry groups, also extends deadlines for pilots, crew members, and flight schools.
The SFAR is scheduled to publish in the federal register on May 4. The version available for public inspection as of May 1 is linked below.
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