you do not need to own an E-LSA when you take the course.
The course completion certificate does not expire. If you acquire
an E-LSA at some time in the future, you will be eligible for
issuance of the repairman certificate. Also, if you acquire another
E-LSA in the same category as one you currently own, you may add
it to your existing LSRI certificate without taking another 16-hour
course. So don't lose your course completion certificate!
Order 8000.84 contains requirements for FAA-accepted training
courses for LSRI. Our courses for fixed-wing airplanes, weight-shift
aircraft, and powered parachutes are FAA-accepted.
courses are generally held on weekends, beginning at 8:00 Saturday
morning and ending by 6:00 Sunday evening. Unless you live close
by, we recommend you arrive Friday evening. Arrangements for transportation,
lodging, and meals are your responsibility.
class sessions start promptly at 8:00 AM each day and end at 5:00
PM, with an hour for lunch and a 15-minute morning and afternoon
break. On Sunday evening, students are asked to remain until their
final test has been graded and the completion certificate issued--no
later than 6:00 PM. Dress is casual--dress for your comfort. In
accordance with FAA requirements, each course is limited to 16
students. Class sessions are 75% lecture/discussion using PowerPoint
slides and 25% practical projects. Students must be present for
all class sessions to qualify for a completion certificate; no
makeup sessions are possible.
the end of the second day, a final open-book test consisting of
50 multiple-choice questions is given. The minimum passing grade
you pass the final test, we will give you a completion certificate.
you do not pass the final test, FAA requires that you not receive
a course completion certificate. To allow you the best chance
of passing the test, we supply study materials when you register.
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nearest FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) will issue
your Repairman certificate. Go to www.faa.gov
to find the FSDO office nearest you.
will need to actually visit the office, bringing photocopies of
your course completion certificate along with the registration
certificate and airworthiness certificate for your ELSA. It is
also important to bring a government-issued photo identification,
such as a drivers license. The FSDO will require that you fill
out an FAA Form 8610-2 "Airman Certification and/or Rating
Application." Click here
to see an example of how to fill out the form. The example is
for a weight-shift repairman certificate for a specific N-numbered
and serial-numbered trike, as listed in the "Type Work Performed"
field in Block III. You would enter the aircraft class, N-number,
and serial number for your ELSA.
The FSDO will issue you a temporary repairman certificate on the
spot and you'll get the permanent plastic certificate in the mail
a few weeks later. The permanent certificate looks like an FAA
pilot certificate and identifies your E-LSA by aircraft class,
N-number, and serial number.
is also important to note that, like other FAA certificates, you
will be required to notify FAA of address changes within 30 days.
Also, alcohol/drug convictions may result in denial or revocation
of your LSRI certificate.
Asked Questions (Back)
I own an Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft to obtain an LSRI certificate?
ANSWER: Yes, FAA issues your repairman certificate only when you
show evidence that you own an E-LSA and present your 16-hour course
I benefit from attending your course, even if I do not currently
own an Experimental Light-Sport aircraft? ANSWER: Definitely!
Your course completion certificate (which does not expire) will
make you eligible for the repairman certificate when you acquire
an E-LSA in the future. Beyond that, perhaps you simply want to
learn more about inspection of sport aircraft.
if I buy another E-LSA-must I attend another repairman course
to have my rating apply to the new aircraft? ANSWER: As
long as the new aircraft is in the same E-LSA "class"
as your repairman rating (i.e., airplane, weight-shift, powered
parachute, glider, gyroplane, or lighter-than-air), you would
not need to attend another course. All you would need to do is
present your local FSDO with evidence of ownership of your new
E-LSA, and they will issue a new repairman certificate identifying
that aircraft. In fact, if you own multiple E-LSAs, they can all
be listed on your repairman certificate, assuming they are all
in the same class.
plan to use my ELSA for towing of unpowered ultralight vehicles
for compensation or hire. I understand that, in addition to the
annual condition inspection, I'll be required to have a 100-hr
inspection. Will the 16-hour course allow me to perform the 100-hr
inspection? ANSWER: Unfortunately, no. The 100-hr inspection
must be done by an A&P mechanic or by a light-sport repairman
with a "maintenance" rating--a graduate of the 80-120-hr
own an Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft--will the course allow
me to perform my own annual condition inspections? ANSWER:
Unfortunately, no. The course applies only to owners of Experimental
Light-Sport aircraft. To be eligible for an amateur-built repairman
rating, you must be the original builder.
own a Special Light-Sport aircraft--will the 16-hour course allow
me to perform maintenance and my annual condition inspections?
ANSWER: Unfortunately, no. The annual condition inspection and
any maintenance other than simple things like changing oil, changing
tires, etc, must be done by an A&P mechanic or by a light-sport
repairman with a "maintenance" rating--a graduate of
the 80-120-hr course.