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Airframe & Powerplant Certificate

DO THIS FIRST: All non US citizens must have a background check done on them prior to coming to the United States. Contact FAA at (214) 277-8500. North Texas FSDO.

Our FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic program is for individuals who meet the aviation experience requirement and have received their sign-off or can get their sign-off from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The sign-off is on FAA Form 8610-2. This form authorizes you to be administered the computer written exams and the oral and practical Airframe & Powerplant tests. Without this form no testing is authorized.

Eligibility for our A & P program:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Read, write, speak and understand the English language
  • Have an FAA Form 8610-2 signed off from the FAA
  • Pass all required tests within a period of 24 months

FAA Form 8610-2:

There are two ways to meet the experience requirement established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to receive your testing authorization (FAA Form 8610-2).
  1. With Aviation Experience - Take your DD-214 form (military personnel) or documentary evidence (letter from your company official on company letterhead with his title or A&P Mechanic that can verify maintenance experience, and be sure to include your A&P number) to the nearest FAA office. Most important, get a letter from your air worthiness authority with seal approving you for testing of A&P certificate. Documentation must identify to and from dates, identify aircraft and/or engines, and specifically what you did on this equipment. You must have a minimum of 18 months practical experience on Airframe or Powerplant appropriate to the rating sought or at least 30 months of practical experience concurrently performing the duties appropriate to both Airframe and Powerplant to be signed off for both.

  2. No Aviation Experience - Go to a Part 147 Aviation Maintenance School. Some colleges or junior colleges have these programs or go to a Part 147 Vocational School approved by the FAA. Vocational schools take about 15 months 8 hours a day to complete. See your nearest FAA office for a Part 147 school in your area.

A&P Program:

Our school will prepare you for the three computer examinations (General, Airframe & Powerplant) . This may include personal instruction, watching video tapes or reviewing questions on a computer and taking practice exams. Upon satisfactory completing the three computer tests we will have you study the ACME Oral Study Guide that has sample oral questions. We will review the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR's), Type Certificate Data Sheets (TCDS), Airworthiness Directives (AD's), and complete an FAA Form 337. We will discuss your privileges and limitations as per FAR 65-81 and look at some special tools. Now you are ready for the final step, the oral and practical examinations. The oral and practical exams for Airframe and Powerplant must last a minimum of 8 hours by FAA regulations. This test could take longer. For a single rating the oral and practical will take a minimum of 6 hours. The add-on rating will take 4 hours or more. After passing your oral and practical examination we will issue a Temporary Airframe & Powerplant Mechanical Certificate good for 120 days. This allows the paperwork to be routed to the FAA in Oklahoma City, who will process it and send you your FAA Mechanic Certification.

Class Start: We provide individual training as needed. Therefore, class start date is upon your arrival. Our training is by computers, video and individual instruction in your weak areas. Training is conducted by A&P mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA).

Staff: There are two A & P examiners (DME) on staff. All training and testing are done at one location.

Course Length: Varies with applicant's experience, background and language skills. Normally 7 to 10 days. Applicants have taken less and a few took a little longer.

IMPORTANT: If you are in a country other than the United States, the FAA wants you to go to the International Field Office (IFO) that's nearest to you to get your 8610-2 (authorization) to test. Go to FAA.gov and and a list of IFO's will be listed.

Some people prefer to come directly to Dallas to get their sign off or authorization, but there is a possibility that you may not be signed off to test. If you go to the field office first, then you do not have to go to our local FAA and you will be authorized to test when you get here.

A & P Cost:

Airframe & Powerplant Programs

A & P Rating................................$1,700.00
Includes computer written test training, 3 computer
exams, and the oral & practical test.
A or P Rating................................$1,450.00
Includes computer written test training, 2 computer
exams, and the oral & practical test.
Add-on Rating..............................$1,295.00
Currently have one license and wants to add other.
Includes computer written test training, 1 computer
exam and the oral & practical test.
Oral & Practical Test Only

A & P............................................$1,195.00
A or P (Includes General)...................$1,050.00
Add Rating(to Current License).........$1,000.00
*Please call to schedule class start dates or testing dates.

* Prices are subject to change without notice.

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