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FAA Experience Requirements

                FAA Experience Requirements for the A&P License / ALL APPLICANTS
                                           
          (PLEASE READ BELOW / BECOME EDUCATED ON FAA A&P REGULATION  REUIREMENTS)

         
In order to obtain an A&P License an applicant must meet
FAR 65.71-65.77. Under these regulations you must have a certain type of mechanical experience before the F.A.A. will allow you to take the F.A.A. Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Exams. The required experience for the Powerplant Mechanic rating is a minimum of 18 months working aircraft engines. The required experience for the Airframe Mechanic rating is a minimum of 18 months working on aircraft airframes. The required experience for both the Airframe and Powerplant ratings is a minimum 30 months experience (not 36) working on both aircraft powerplants and airframes. 

In order to meet the FAA Experience Requirements you must provide the FAA with "Mechanic Experience Letters". The following letter provides an example of
a "MECHANIC'S EXPERIENCE LETTER" signed by a shop's supervisor, maintenance officer or licensed mechanic under whom you have worked. This letter should be on company letterhead. Follow above link for sample letter of experience letter.

                                   FAA Experience Requirements for Foreign Applicants                             
                                                    Interviewing IN the United States

         (This Includes Applicants Who Come to the United States ONLY to Take the Mechanic's Test)

The requirements per the Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS), FAA Order 8900.1, Volume 5, Chapter 5, Section 2, found at http://fsims.faa.gov state the following:

Foreign applicants that are physically located in the United States at the time of the interview (this includes applicants who come to the United States ONLY to take the mechanic's test) who meet the English language requirement adhere to the following requirements:

1. Any applicant who is in the United States and meets the English language and experience requirements is entitled to take the examinations for a mechanic certificate. This includes applicants that work for a repair station. The applicant must meet the experience requirements in FAR Part 65.71-65.77 (see above).  If the applicant is in the United States at the time of the interview (this includes applicants who come to the United States ONLY to take the mechanic's test) it is NOT REQUIRED to demonstrate that the mechanic certificate (A&P) is needed for the airworthiness (maintenance) of U.S. registered civil aircraft (NO "N" registered aircraft experience is required). The experience requirements are detailed in FAR 65.71-65.77 clearly indicating that the experience requirements are 30 months for both ratings and 18 months for one rating on airframe and powerplant / may be U.S. and or International registered aircraft.

2. Any of the following documents are acceptable to establish experience requirements: a.) "Mechanic Experience Letters" from current and pass employers b.) A detailed original statement from a foreign airworthiness authority of the country in which the experience was gained. c.) A detailed statement from an advisor of ICAO that will validate the applicant's experience. d.) If the foreign civil authority refuses to provide this information the inspector can review supporting documentation presented to satisfy authorization.

3. Foreign military experience is considered acceptable. The applicant must present acceptable documentation from the foreign military or government substantiating the military work experience. 
Note: If the applicant shows only foreign military work experience on aircraft that are not manufactured to U.S. standards, that is not an issue, the experience still has to meet 14 CFR 65.77.

                                FAA Experience Requirements for Foreign Applicants                                
                                  
Interviewing OUTSIDE of the United States (ONLY)
                         If you Are Interviewing Inside The United States Please See Above

The requirements per the Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS), FAA Order 8900.1, Volume 5, Chapter 5, Section 3, found at http://fsims.faa.gov state the following:

Foreign applicants that physically are located outside of the United States at the time of the interview (this does NOT apply to applicants that interview in the Unites States) who meet the English language requirements and are neither U.S. citizens nor a resident alien adhere to the following requirements:

1. Demonstrate that the mechanic certificate (A&P) is needed for the continued airworthiness (maintenance) of U.S. registered civil aircraft  ("N" registered). This may be demonstrated by a "MECHANIC'S EXPERIENCE LETTER" from the current employer stating that there is a need for you to be an FAA certified A&P mechanic because you work on U.S. registered aircraft. Please make sure this letter is detailed / specific type of maintenance performed and the length of time.

2. A letter obtained from the foreign airworthiness authority of the country in which the experience was gained is required stating that they recommend you to the FAA to take the A&P exam. The letter from the foreign airworthiness authority must denote the time period that you worked and show details such as type aircraft, type engine and specific job tasks accomplished that pertain to the ratings that you are applying for (airframe and / or powerplant). The letter must have their seal or stamp. 

3. Foreign military experience is considered acceptable. The applicant must present acceptable documentation from the foreign military or government substantiating the military work experience. 
Note: If the applicant shows only foreign military work experience on aircraft that are not manufactured to U.S. standards, that is not an issue, the experience still has to meet 14 CFR 65.77.

                      All of the above documents must be originals and they must be signed and dated
                                               All documents must be traceable to the initiator

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