Training and licensingLicencesPart 66 licencesMaintenance licences
Aircraft maintenance licences
The Finnish Civil Aviation Authority issues licences to aircraft maintenance staff. Today,
most of them are Part 66 licences.
JAR-66 aircraft maintenance licenceA JAR-66 certifying staff
licence can be issued to an applicant who has completed an approved
training course in accordance with JAR-147 and acquired at least two years
working experience in maintenance duties. The minimum age for licence
holders is 21 years.
In the future, the Finnish Civil Aviation Authority will organise theoretical knowledge examinations to JAR-66 licence applicants. The examination will be based on the JAR-66 question bank maintained by the JAA (Joint Aviation Authorities). Besides satisfactory completion of the examination, the requirements will include working experience of at least five years, if the applicant has no previous technical training. The Finnish Civil Aviation Authority may reduce the experience requirement to three years for those applicants having received some vocational training in the technical field.
National maintenance mechanic licenceNational
maintenance licences can only be issued to those applicants having
completed or started the relevant training course before 1 June 2001.
Conversion of national licence into a JAR-66 aircraft maintenance licence
A valid national maintenance mechanic licence can be converted into a JAR-66
licence, if it includes one or more type ratings for aircraft with an MTOW
of not less than 5700 kg. A JAR-66 licence makes it easier to operate in
other JAA countries, but is not mandatory for working abroad. According to
the Joint Aviation Requirements, paragraph JAR-66.3, national licences
must be converted into JAR-66 licences not later than by 1 June 2011.
After this date, a national licence holder is no longer entitled to issue
certificates of release to service. The establishment of the European
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) within the EU probably speeds up the
process, but the exact schedule is not known yet.