If you are an A&P and have an inspection authorization (IA), time is running out to renew your yearlong authorization - IAs expire on March 31 of each year.
"It's getting down to the wire," said Woody Cahall, AOPA vice president of aviation services. "Make an appointment with your local flight standards district office or international field office now so that you don't miss the deadline."
For aircraft owners who have their aircraft in the shop, ask the A&P if he has renewed his IA - it could save you time stuck on the ground.
Some FSDOs may only have one person available on certain days of the week to do the renewal. Or in some cases, you might find that you have to travel to a different FSDO to get worked in before the end of the month.
The requirements and documentation that you need to present during your renewal is spelled out in FAR 65.93.
The renewal is free as long as you remain active in performing the duties granted by the authorization. However, if you need to complete an eight-hour refresher course by an industry-approved vendor, it'll cost you.
Or you can pass an oral test given by an FAA inspector to prove that you are up on all of the latest regulations and standards.
But you'll have to complete all of that and present the information at your FSDO or international field office before March 31.
March 24, 2006