FAA Reaffirms Two-year IA Renewal

 - July 3, 2007, 10:46 AM

After receiving approximately 60 comments to its request, the FAA issued a notice last week that officially extends the renewal of an inspection authorization (IA) from one year to two. On January 30 this year, the FAA issued a direct final rule making the renewal period for an IA two years. After reviewing the comments, the agency confirmed that rule and kept the effective date as March 1 of this year. The rule now requires mechanics with an IA to renew their certificate on March 31 of every odd-numbered year. However, the annual activity requirement remains as before. If a mechanic with an IA fails to meet the activity standard in the first year of the two-year period, he or she may take an oral exam to remain current. The FAA estimates the change will significantly reduce the paperwork burden of both the agency and IA holders.