An aircraft’s Certificate of Airworthiness and an 8130-3 Airworthiness Certificate are different things, but both have one thing in common … Airworthiness.

With respect to Certificates of Airworthiness: what type of Certificates of Airworthiness are there? What is the purpose of each? When are they used? And when it comes to 8130-3s: there is a tremendous amount of information and specialized areas of training for FAA Form 8130-3 Airworthiness Tags (including FAA Order 8130.21H); but, the aviation community continues to misunderstand and misclassify these very important documents.

It’s imperative that the aviation maintenance professional has a good understanding of what both of these type of documents are used for and why.


The objective of this course is to better understand Certificates of Airworthiness and 8130 Airworthiness Certificates as they apply to both aircraft and parts. What their purpose is, how they fit into the overall operation of an aircraft, and where they should be kept and/or displayed.

This course takes a look at both types of documents to gain a better understanding of why each one is important to the aircraft, its operation, and the technicians involved.


This course will benefit A&P Technicians and Students, Repair Station Inspectors, Repairmen, and anyone needing a better understanding of Certificates of Airworthiness and 8130 Airworthiness Certificates.

Bruce Spaulding

Bruce is a twenty-year veteran of the US Armed Forces where he worked on various military and civilian aircraft, eventually earning his Airframe and Powerplant License. Upon retiring from the military, Bruce began instructing at a well-known Aviation School teaching various courses on aircraft documentation, records management, and logbook discipline. While working in the US Military, and even after-words as an A&P Instructor, Bruce continues to consult with various Part 91, 125 and 135 Operators on the proper management and administration of aircraft records and documentation. With a drive to teach both beginning and seasoned aircraft maintenance professionals in the care and handling of the important documents we use every day in business aviation, Bruce joined The Foundation for Business Aircraft Records Excellence as its primary Instructor for BAR’s Educational Courses on Business Aircraft Documentation and Recordkeeping.

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