“Actively Engaged” For Inspection Authorization Renewals

Review FAA-2010-1060: Policy Clarifying Definition of Actively Engaged (PDF)


The new wording has been added to FAA Order 8900.1 (ASPX) (Refer to Volume 5, Chapter 5, Section 7, subparagraphs 5 1279 A through C which gives guidance to FAA Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) for issuing or renewing IAs. The note says:

B. Actively Engaged. Actively engaged means having an active role in exercising the privileges of an A&P mechanic certificate in the maintenance of civil aircraft. Applicants who inspect, overhaul, repair, preserve, or replace parts on aircraft, or who supervise (i.e., direct and inspect) those activities, are actively engaged. The ASI may use evidence or documentation provided by the applicant showing inspection, overhaul, repair, preservation, or replacement of parts on aircraft or supervision of these activities.”

C. Maintenance Records. This evidence or documentation, when required, could include records showing performance or supervision of aircraft maintenance, return to service (RTS) documents, and/or copies of maintenance record entries to determine the type of maintenance activity performed, considering any special expertise required. The quantity of maintenance activity demonstrates if the applicant was actively engaged.”