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
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 is 80%.
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 completion certificate.
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
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 course.
own an Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft (EAB)--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.
can I be certain that my aircraft is an ELSA? ANSWER: Owners sometimes
confuse the fact that, although their aircraft meets all the LSA weight, speed,
and configuration requirements to be flown by a Sport Pilot, it may not be certificated
as an ELSA and thus the owner may not be qualified for an LSRI certificate by
attending a 16-hour course.
The wording on the airworthiness certificate
is the key: the top line labeled CATEGORY/DESIGNATION will say "Experimental"
and the second line labeled PURPOSE will say "Operating Light-Sport- [aircraft
class]." In that case, the 16-hour course applies:
the other hand, if the second line says "Operating Amateur-Built," the
aircraft is an EAB and the 16-hour course unfortunately does not apply:
that these simulated examples show the same manufacturer/model aircraft. That
illustrates the fact that a given aircraft meeting LSA specifications might in
one case be certificated as an ELSA and in another case as an EAB.
there is no way to change an aircraft from EAB to ELSA certification.
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.
own an Aeronca Champ [or other similar type-certificated aircraft] that meets
all the LSA weight, speed, and configuration requirements to be flown by a Sport
Pilot--will the 16-hour course allow me to perform maintenance and the annual
condition inspection? ANSWER: Unfortunately, no. The annual condition
inspection and any maintenance other than simple things like change oil, changing
tires, etc, must be done by an A&P mechanic.