Light Sport Repairman (LSR) Training

In the United States, the FAA has addressed concerns about who would maintain LSA after these aircraft were certificated. The solution was to issue a repairman (LSA) certificate, similar in function to the repairman certificate that is issued to the builder of an experimental amateur-built aircraft. This repairman (LSA) certificate complements certificates issued to Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanics and appropriately rated repair stations. 

REPAIRMAN (LSA) RATINGS. The repairman (LSA) certificate has two ratings: “inspection” or “maintenance.” 

A person holding a repairman (LSA) certificate with an inspection rating is limited to performing the annual condition inspection on an ELSA certificated under § 21.191(i) that the repairman owns and that is identified on the repairman certificate by the aircraft registration and serial number. Non-ownership of the aircraft identified on the holder’s repairman certificate will suspend the privileges of the certificate.

A person holding a repairman (LSA) certificate with a maintenance rating may perform maintenance and required inspections on SLSA and perform annual condition inspections on ELSA. The repairman can also perform ADs and or Aircraft Manufacturer Safety Directives issued against FAA-approved products installed on SLSA. Repairman privileges do not extend to performing maintenance on aircraft issued a standard airworthiness certificate or any kind of special airworthiness certificates other than those issued under §§ 21.190 and 21.191(i), even if those aircraft meet the definition of LSA as identified in § 1.1 (e.g., Piper J-3 Cub or RV-4). Each airman is also limited to the appropriate class of aircraft on which he or she received training (e.g., weight-shift-control aircraft or powered parachutes).


With over 5000 students from nearly every state and over 20 different countries,  Rainbow Aviation Light Sport Maintenance training programs have become internationally known as the premier light sport aviation maintenance training programs.  2 Day Light Sport Repairman Inspection Courses are taught across the entire country as well as internationally and allow students to obtain and FAA Light Sport Repairman Certificate to complete an annual inspection on a experimental light sport aircraft that they own. While the 15 Day Light Sport Repairman Maintenance Courses are taught in our home facility in sunny Northern California. These courses allow the students to obtain and FAA Light Sport Repairman Certificate with a Maintenance Rating (LSRM), giving them the equivalent privileges of a Airplane and Powerplant (A&P) with an Inspection Authorization (IA), but limited to light sport aircraft.


120 hr. (15 Day) LSRM Program

  • Operate Commercially
  • Special Light Sport Aircraft (SLSA)
  • Experimental Light Sport Aircraft (ELSA)
  • Annual Inspections
  • 100 hr. Inspections
  • Maintenance
  • Major Repairs
  • Avionics Installations
  • Pathway to A&P Certificate

16 hr. (2 Day) LSRI Inspection Course

  • Experimental Light Sport Aircraft
  • Annual your own aircraft
  • Classes offered across the country
  • Improve your safety
  • Reduce your maintenance problems
  • Top notch instructors



FAA Order 8000.84 contains requirements for FAA-accepted training courses for LSRI. Our courses for fixed-wing airplanes, weight-shift aircraft, and powered parachutes are FAA-accepted.

Our courses in Lawrenceville, GA can be booked in advance by groups of at least 8 attendees. Courses may be arranged at other locations with a minimum size of 12 attendees. Note that FAA does not allow mixing of attendees within a given course; each course must be dedicated to a single aircraft class (airplane, weight-shift, or powered parachute). The courses are generally held on weekends, beginning at 8:00 Saturday morning and ending by 6:00 Sunday evening. Unless you live close by, we recommend you arrive Friday evening. Arrangements for transportation, lodging, and meals are your responsibility.

The class sessions start promptly at 8:00 AM each day and end at 5:00 PM, with an hour for lunch and a 15-minute morning and afternoon break. On Sunday evening, students are asked to remain until their final test has been graded and the completion certificate issued--no later than 6:00 PM. Dress is casual--dress for your comfort. In accordance with FAA requirements, each course is limited to 16 students. Class sessions are 75% lecture/discussion using PowerPoint slides and 25% practical projects. Students must be present for all class sessions to qualify for a completion certificate; no makeup sessions are possible.

At the end of the second day, a final open-book test consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions is given. The minimum passing grade is 80%.

Once you pass the final test, we will give you a completion certificate.

If you do not pass the final test, FAA requires that you not receive a course completion certificate. To allow you the best chance of passing the test, we supply study materials when you register.


16 hr. (2 Day) LSRI Inspection Course

  • Light Sport Repairman- Inspection (LSRI)

  • Authorizes owners of Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft (E-LSAs)
    to perform the annual condition inspection only on their own aircraft.

  • Requires attending an FAA-accepted 16-hour training course

  • Separate courses for each E-LSA category

    • Airplane

    • Weight-shift

    • Powered parachute

    • Gyroplane

    • Glider




Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration in accordance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 147 as an Aviation Maintenance Training School (AMTS) to offer training that leads to qualification in accordance with Title 14 CFR Part 65.77 for the FAA Mechanic’s Certificate with either or both Airframe and Powerplant ratings.

Additionally, BRCC is approved by the FAA in accordance with Order Number 8000.84B to offer Light Sport Repairman Maintenance Training that leads to qualification for an FAA Repairman Certificate with Light Sport Maintenance Airplane rating.


Courses offered (Light Sport Aircraft Mechanic Career Studies Certificate)

  • AMT 171 Light Sport Aircraft Regulations, 1 cr
  • AMT 173 Light Sport Aircraft General Airframe, 1 cr
  • AMT 175 Light Sport Aircraft Engines and Propellers, 1 cr
  • AMT 177 Light Sport Aircraft Class, 1 cr
  • AMT 178 Light Sport Aircraft Maintenance and Training, 1 cr
  • ARO 120 Light Sport Aircraft Ground School, 3 cr
  • ARO 290 Coordinated Internship in Aviation, 1 cr