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Air Force Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Certification Program Introduction: Most military aircraft maintenance technicians are eligible to pursue the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) certification based on documented evidence of 30 months practical aircraft maintenance experience in airframe and powerplant systems per Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 65- Certification: Airmen Other Than Flight Crew Members; Subpart D-Mechanics. The Air Force A&P Certification Program was developed to bridge gaps between a technician’s Air Force education, training and experience and FAA eligibility requirements per Title 14, CFR Part 65.77. This FAA-approved program is a voluntary program...

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We all agree that aircraft systems are becoming more technologically advanced. As I was maturing as a mechanic on F-16s and A-10s, I started learning to do simple tasks like using a multimeter and taking out stuck screws. Doing this was against orders of supervision because of other mechs, including myself, have broken aircraft parts and tools (Oooops). In my opinion, not allowing mechanics to expand their skills is the wrong approach. How many of you get upset when a shop pulls up to your jet and tells you to open up a panel? Just thinking about it boils your...

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This article is focused and geared towards military aircraft mechanics and will go in order of the steps to obtain your A&P. Most military aircraft maintenance technicians are eligible to pursue Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) certification based on documented evidence of 30 months practical aircraft maintenance experience in airframe and powerplant systems per Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 65- Certification: Airmen Other Than Flight Crew Members; Subpart D-Mechanics. A detailed FAA Testing Guide on the process can be found here AC 65-2D    FAA Eligibility: Must be at least 18 years old Speak, Read, Write and Understand English. ...

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Here is a list of FAA AKT Program Airman Knowledge Testing Centers List on military bases. It’s available to DoD and Military personnel. This is free service to eligible military personnel. You must have your valid military I.D. and Form 8610-2 prior to taking exams. The source is from the FAA and JSAMTCC program. I erased the contact info so please call the office for schedules of exam testing and get more info. Below is the list current as of Oct. 2018 FAA Exam Centers Locations Base/Location Building OS AL UDEID AB QATAR 379 EFSS / BTES, BUILDING RAF MILDENHALL...

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Difference between doing A&P Course yourself or Prep Course First glance the A&P process may appear to be a daunting process. When I started it felt this way and I understand many Airmen may feel the same. I’ve met many whom expressed their trial and error and expressed how it was a long road for them, therefore I can understand how it may turn off or make Airmen delay their decision and hinder receiving their certificates. A military aircraft technician is considered one of the most demanding jobs in the military, so many may think who has the time to...

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