Thrust Institute
Inspection Authorization

Inspection Authorization Training

Expand your career options when you complete your Inspection Authorization training with Thrust Institute of Maintenance. You’ll be ready to take the exam on-site in just four days.

Get Your IA Certification

Reach your full potential as an aviation maintenance technician when you obtain your Inspection Authorization certification.

There are many reasons to obtain your Inspection Authorization including higher earning potential, advancement opportunities at your current employer, new career opportunities, or simply the pride of adding an IA certification to your belt. 

Ultimately, obtaining your Inspection authorization certificate will make you a more effective, well-rounded aviation maintenance technician.

If you feel like you’ve peaked as an A&P aviation maintenance technician getting your IA certification will expand your work and career options.

With Thrust Institute of Maintenance’s IA course, you’ll gain the knowledge you need to be an exceptional inspection authorization aviation maintenance technician. This course will prepare you for IA testing but will also help you excel in your IA responsibilities.

IA Exam Pass Guarantee

We’re confident in your success in this program. If you sit through our inspection authorization training and you fail your IA exam, you may return to our school within 2 years to resit the training.

IA Test Prep in One Week

In just 5 days you could have your inspection authorization in hand. With Thrust Institute of Maintenance’s IA test prep you’ll spend the first four days of the program in the classroom with an instructor going over everything you’ll need to know for the exam.

Then on day five, you’ll take the exam on-site in our FAA testing center. 

Upcoming Class Dates

May 1-5, 2023

June 5-9, 2023

July 17-21, 2023

September 11-15, 2023

December 18-22, 2023



Course price includes the cost of the FAA exam and all books and materials.

Inspection authorization training

IA Requirements

The basic requirements for obtaining your inspection authorization are outlined in FAR 65.91. In summary, there are several requirements you need to meet.

First, you must hold a currently effective aviation maintenance technician certificate. Your certificate must have both an airframe and powerplant rating and both must have been effective for at least 3 years.

You must be actively engaged in maintaining aircraft certificated for the 2 year period before you apply.

You also must have a fixed base of operations where you are available in person or over the phone. This fixed base doesn’t need to be where you’ll be performing inspection authorization duties. You must also have the necessary equipment and facilities to correctly inspect airframes, propellers, powerplants, and all other related parts of the aircraft.

Lastly, you must pass the written test indicating you have the necessary knowledge to safely inspect aircraft after major repairs or alterations.

Before You Arrive for the IA Exam

First, you’ll need a completed and signed 8610-1 form in order to take the IA test. You’ll need to obtain this from your local FSDO before you arrive. 

This form is only valid for 30 days from issuance so make an appointment with your FSDO to get it signed no more than a couple of weeks before your test date.

Second, you’ll need to have completed the entire 4-day IA course before you can take the IA exam.

Lastly, you’ll also need one form of ID if you’re a US citizen. If you aren’t a US citizen you’ll need to have your passport as well as a second form of identification.

Enroll in Inspection Authorization Training

If you’re ready to sign up for your inspection authorization training simply fill out the form below. A member of our team will be in contact with you.

Where is the IA Course Located?

Our IA course is held at our facility at Addison Airport in Addison, Texas. For those who live in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex it’s a convenient, centrally located airport that is within 45 minutes of most of the area.

For those who are coming from out of town, our facility is about a 25-minute drive from both DFW and DAL airports.

Thrust Institute of Maintenance Address


16111 Addison Rd
Addison, TX 75001

Opening hours

Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4pm