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Old 01-31-2021, 01:24 PM   #21  
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Originally Posted by flyboycpa View Post
I fly for United and just got my A&P a year ago. It's doable. The biggest hurdle is getting the approval on the Form 8610-2 that documents your experience. You must have that 8610-2 in order to take the three written tests (General, Airframe, and Powerplant). Once you have someone from the FSDO agree with all your experience, as documented on the 8610-2, and they sign it, it is good forever. Just don't lose it. My Inspector told me he kept a file for them and that if I did lose it, he could generate a new copy for me....but still....just don't lose it.

Once you pass your first exam, you have 24 calendar months in which to get all three complete and complete your Oral & Practical.

I highly recommend using Baker's School of Aeronautics (just outside of Nashville, in Lebanon) for the Oral & Practical preparation. They are great at it. They have two options, the one week course and the two week course. The two week course covers written exam prep and testing in the first week, then Oral & Practical prep in the second week, with the O&P scheduled with one of the local DMEs at the end of that week. If you go with the one week course, you must show up with all three of your written exams already completed so you can roll right into the second half of the course.

I've actually been really busy during the covid times with 100-hr inspections, resurrecting two airplanes that hadn't flown in years (a Swift and a Navion), installed shoulder harnesses in my best friend's C-170, among other things. It's great to have your A&P if you own an airplane or just love to tinker.

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Iíve always wanted to do this, but the family situation isnít ready for it just yet. Once the kids are older I should be able to get in the hours under an A&P to satisfy the 8610. If you own, or ever plan to own a plane this is the absolute best way to go.
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Old 02-03-2021, 01:50 PM   #22  
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I have my A&P from my military experience and the local base college. I never used it to make a living but did use it on my own aircraft a fair amount, saved me several thousands of dollars (top overhaul on a twin). I only did a couple projects for others around the airport, actually had to stop hanging out there because people always wanted me to do A&P work. I was flying full time and I had a hard time saying no. Nowadays experimental is the way to go IMO unless your very wealthy.
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