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December 10, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
The FAA is reminding airframe and powerplant mechanics that all paper certificates will expire on March 31, 2013.
A&P certificate holders and all other certificated airmen who have not replaced their paper certificates with plastic certificates on or before the expiration date will be unable to exercise their privileges, said the FAA Safety Team in an email notification.
To receive a replacement certificate, follow the online instructions provided on the FAA’s website. Replacement cost is $2, unless your old certificate still contains your Social Security number, which you can request to have removed at no charge.
Paper pilot certificates expired on March 31, 2010, under an expiration schedule set in a 2008 initiative to replace paper certificates with plastic certificates that are considered to be more resistant to counterfeiting.
For pilots, the 60,000-plus-member Civil Air Patrol readily comes to mind when an aerial role in a rescue is launched.
AOPA is asking the FAA to withdraw a proposed airworthiness directive that could affect thousands of ECi cylinders.
AOPA VOICES STRONG SUPPORT FOR LEGISLATION REQUIRING FAA TO REVISE THIRD CLASS MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.