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Airframe & Powerplant at Lone Star

FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) AMT Program

Our program is designed to get the A&P applicant prepared for the FAA three written tests, oral and practical test administered by a FAA Designated Maintenance Examiner (DME).

The A&P applicant must meet the FAA requirements under Part 65 to test. Then the applicant must have a FAA Form 8610-2 signed off by the FAA local Flight District Office giving the applicant authorization to test. Our test prep program will prepare the applicant to take three computer written examinations: General, Airframe and Powerplant and will include personal instruction, reviewing questions and taking practice exams.

Upon satisfactorily completing and passing the three computer tests, the applicant will be provided the A&P oral exam guide which contains examples of the questions you will be given on your oral exam.  We will review the FARs for AMT, Type Certificate Data Sheets (TCDS), airworthiness directives (ADs), and complete a FAA Form 337.  We will discuss your privileges and limitations per the FAR 65-81. The applicant will review items for the practical test.

Now the applicant is ready for the final step, the oral and practical examinations. The oral and practical for Airframe and Powerplant normally take around 8-10 hours.  A single rating for either the Airframe or Powerplant will take less time.  Taking the Airframe or Powerplant will also require taking the general test.

After passing your Airframe or Powerplant exam you will be issued a Temporary Airframe & Powerplant Mechanical Certificate from your A&P examiner.  This temporary certificate is good for 120 days until your plastic license arrives in the mail.

A&P Testing Eligibility Requirements

With Aviation Experience:

  1. For military personnel: Have your DD-214 form, showing that you have worked on aircraft as a mechanic for the required number of months.
  2. Have a diploma from a civilian FAA approved mechanics school.  To obtain this type of diploma you must have attended a mechanic school for 2 to 3 years. 
  3. Have a "mechanics experience letter" from an A&P Mechanic, shop supervisor or maintenance officer under whom you have worked and who can verify maintenance experience, (be sure to include their A&P number). 
  4.  Most importantly, get an letter from your airworthiness authority with the signature approving you for testing for the A&P Certificate.  Documentation must identify 'to and from' dates, identify aircraft and or engines, and specifically what you did on this equipment. 
  5. Having complied with the above, you should go to your local FAA or FSDO office.
  6. Your local FAA maintenance inspector should give you two copies of the 8610-2 Airman Certification and or rating application form.  This will state that you meet the experience required to test. You do not need your DD-214 or experience letter to test.
  7.  You must have a minimum of 18 months practical experience on the Airframe or Powerplant appropriate to the rating sought, or at least 30 moths of practical experience concurrently performing the duties appropriate to both Airframe and Powerplant to be signed off for both.​

No Aviation Experience- 

  1.  Go to a Part 147 aviation maintenance school.  Some colleges or junior colleges have aviation maintenance programs.  Or, go to a Part 147 vocational school approved by the FAA.  Vocational schools take about 15 months to complete.  See your nearest FAA office for a Part 147 school in your area. 

For Non-U.S. citizens:

You must have a background check completed prior to coming to the United States.  If you are currently in a country other than the United States, the FAA requests you go the the International Field Office (IFO) that is nearest to you to obtain your 8610.2 form, authorization to test.  This will avoid delays.  If you try to get authorization from the local FAA office, there is a possibility that you may not get signed off to test.