Thrust Institute
Inspection Authorization

Inspection Authorization Training

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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.

hands on amt training

Learn from IA A&Ps

Learn from instructors who are certified A&P mechanics and hold their IA, bringing extensive practical expertise to the IA training. You’ll gain the insight you need to earn your IA certification.

Expert instruction

Instructor Led IA Training

With in-person training, you’ll work directly with our experienced instructors covering practical scenarios. This face-to-face approach is essential to our IA course.

Elevate Your Career: Get Your IA Certification

Reach your full potential as an aviation maintenance technician when you obtain your IA 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 inspection authorization certification to your belt. 

Ultimately, completing our inspection authorization course 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 will expand your work and career options.

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

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 inspection authorization exam.

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

Upcoming IA Class Dates

June 10-14, 2024

August 12-16, 2024

October 7-11, 2024

December 16-20, 2024



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

Inspection authorization training

Inspection Authorization Test Prep Reviews

Inspection Authorization Requirements

The basic inspection authorization requirements 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

Enroll in Inspection Authorization Training

If you’re ready to sign up for your inspection authorization course simply fill out the form below.

After completing this form you’ll be redirected to our payment portal where you’ll pay your $100 deposit to hold your spot.

Ten days before the course start date you’ll receive an email to pay the remaining balance of $850. We can’t wait for you to join us! Have questions before you enroll? Fill out our contact us form first.

Where is the IA Training Located?

Our inspection authorization test prep 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