The FAA has issued a policy intended to clarify the definition of ”actively engaged” for purposes of issuing and renewing A&P Inspector Authorizations.
The new policy proposes to clarify the term ”actively engaged” by saying it means “exercising the privileges of an airframe and powerplant mechanic certificate in the maintenance of civil aircraft. Applicants who are employed full-time in inspecting, overhauling, repairing, preserving, or replacing parts on aircraft are considered to be actively engaged.”
Meanwhile, applicants who are employed or participate in inspecting, overhauling, repairing, preserving, or replacing parts on aircraft on a part-time or occasional basis will be evaluated to determine whether the applicant is actively engaged.
Comments on the proposal, docket number FAA-2010-1060, must be received before Dec. 6, at Regulations.gov.
The proposal is a disappointment to officials at the Aircraft Electronics Association, who said in an e-mail to members: “For decades, the FAA, as well as industry, has been frustrated by the lack of career recognition of the Airframe and Powerplant mechanic. And now, the FAA proposes to remove this recognition from those who are in senior management positions with corporate flight departments, repair stations and air carriers who are not exercising their A&P privileges to “inspect, overhaul, repair, preserve, or replace parts on aircraft.
“In an unprecedented addition, the FAA, while minimizing the recognition of publically employed A&P mechanics, has exempted its own employees from this flawed policy,” the e-mail continues.