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The FAA provides practical test standards for Airframe, Powerplant, and General mechanic certificates. Mechanics seem to demonstrate a preference for Airframe & Powerplant, so much that "A&P" is common shorthand for "aircraft mechanic".

That being the case, my questions are:

  • What can a mechanic who is only "general"-certified do and not do, compared to an A&P?
  • Is there any real-world benefit in holding a general mechanic certificate?
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None. It is required to pass your written general to move on to obtain your Aiframe/Powerplant certification via an Oral & Practical exam. There is no general certification.

If you're looking for a way to work without certification, you can work under a 145's certificate without any.

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  • $\begingroup$ Interesting! I wonder why they chose to do it that way. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – Steve V. Apr 13 at 1:33

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