LSA Repairman Certificate

LSA Repairman Certificate

The addition of FAA rules for sport-pilot certificates and light-sport aircraft manufacturing also changed the rules for LSA maintenance and repair. Borrowing from how experimental aircraft are maintained and repaired, the LSA repairman certificate allows the pilot to participate more now than in the past in the craft's airworthiness.

As with other general aviation aircraft, sport aircraft are required to have an annual inspection, also known as a condition inspection. You can hire an A&P mechanic, a certified LSA repairman, or you can get certified and do it yourself.

What's required during the inspection? The aircraft manufacturer explains in the plane’s operating handbook what the annual inspection is to include. Typically, all operating components must be inspected for damage, wear, and fatigue. Some disassembly might be required depending on the craft's design and whether the inspection process was considered when the plane was designed and built. For common inspections there might be a removable inspection plate at important inspection points, for example.

What is required to earn an LSA repairman certificate for inspections, called the inspection rating? You must complete a 16-hour training course on the inspection requirements of the specific make and model of LSA you'll be working on. In addition, you must be on the manufacturer's contact list so you can be notified of any airworthiness directives or other documents that update owners on potential problems.

You can do even more of your own maintenance and repair on LSAs if you're willing to get some more training. To qualify for the LSA repairman certificate with a maintenance rating, you must complete an 80-hour training course on the maintenance requirements of the specific category of LSA you will maintain.

Becoming a certified LSA repairman with a maintenance rating not only allows you to inspect, maintain, and repair your own aircraft, you also can offer your services to other sport pilots. Yes, you can legally help pay for your flying by helping others! Just remember that you may work only on the category of plane you're certified for, such as fixed wing, powered parachutes, powered hang gliders, and so on.

Contact the FAA for additional information on requirements and certification for the new light-sport aircraft repairman certificates and authorizations. Kit and finished LSA manufacturers, too, can help you train for the repairman certification and ratings.