Course Syllabus


COURSE TITLE:    Module 1-4: Repairman (Light-Sport Aircraft) with Maintenance Rating Course


TOTAL HOURS:    120 hours


INSTRUCTORS:  Brian Carpenter               Location: Corning Municipal Airport



The course will be taught 65% lecture and 35% practical training. Due time will be devoted to questions, review, and testing. Although the course objective is successful completion of the final exam, pragmatic issues will be included in the lecture. Videos, handouts, and power point presentations will be used to supplement lectures.



Students are required to attend each module of the course in its entirety. Make up modules will be offered independently throughout the year.

All students are responsible for making up any missed modules within one calendar year.


TEXTS  (All text books, tools and supplies are included)

Handbook for Mechanics: Federal Aviation Regulations, Advisory Circular 43.13-1B

Current FAR/AIM and appropriate publications

Rainbow Aviation Maintenance Reference Library CD

Various Handouts



This course is designed to prepare the student to perform maintenance and annual condition inspection on SLSA and  ELSA.




All topics as outlined in FAA Order 8000.88A:


Module 1: (16 hours) Regulatory/Maintenance Overview (Core Module). This module contains the following:

(1) Regulations overview: light-sport rule, and 14 CFR parts 21, 39, 43, 45, 65, and 91; including the rules on ELT and transponder requirements.

(2) Industry-developed ASTM consensus standards, heavy and line maintenance requirements, continued airworthiness requirements and inspection practices/techniques, use of hand tools, torque wrench, safetying practices, and identification of aviation hardware.

(3) Use of Manufacturer’s Safety Directives and FAA ADs.

(4) Use of airframe, engine, and propeller manufacturer’s manuals, instructions, and maintenance recordkeeping.

(5) Personal safety.

(6) Review or test.

b. Module 2: (24 hours) Airframe General (Core Module). This module contains the following:

(1) Weight, balance, and loading.

(2) Performing minor repairs and minor alterations.

(3) Inspection of composite structures and minor repairs.

(4) Electrical system, theory, inspection, and troubleshooting.

(5) Material and processes.

(6) Corrosion cause and prevention.

(7) Fluid lines and fittings.

(8) Ground operations and servicing.

(9) Review or test.

c. Module 3: (45 hours) Engine and Propeller (Core Module).  This module contains the following:

(1) Theory of 2- and 4-cycle engine operation (fuel, magneto and electronic ignition, and lubrication systems).

(2) Service, inspection, and maintenance of engines.

(3) Troubleshooting of 2- and 4-cycle engines.

(4) Inspection, checking, troubleshooting, service, and repair of engine-cooling systems.

(5) Theory, inspection, and maintenance of propellers and ground adjustable propellers.

(6) Engine run-up practices and procedures.

(7) Service, inspection, and maintenance of feathering or folding propellers used on gliders.

(8) Inspection, checking, servicing, and troubleshooting electrical or mechanical engine instrumentation.

(9) Servicing of oil and fluids.

(10) Removal and replacement of engine accessories such as spark plugs, exhaust systems, wiring, carburetor, fuel pumps, etc.

(11) Review or test.

d. Module 4: (35 hours) Airplane Class (Elective Module). This module contains the following:

(1) Theory and operation of flight controls.

(2) Aircraft rigging including flight controls, landing wires, flying wires.

(3) Removal and installation of sail cloth covering on wings and tail surfaces.

(4) Inspection of fabric coverings on fuselage, wings, and tail surfaces.

(5) Disassembly and assembly of wings, flight controls, accessories.

(6) Removal and installation of the engine, including fuel system, instrumentation, and accessories.

(7) Inspection and troubleshooting of aircraft/engine instrumentation and magneto and electronic ignition systems.

(8) Use of manufacturer’s manuals and technical data during projects.

(9) Identification and inspection of critical areas.

(10) Inspection and minor repairs to applicable airframe structures.

(11) Ballistic parachutes, theory, installation, operation, and inspection.

(12) Inspection and maintenance of floats/repositioning landing gear, wheels, and brakes.

(13) Theory of fuel system operation and inspection.

(14) Weight and balance.

(15) Review or test.