Signing Your Certificate
The FAA came out to inspect a 135 certificate holder that I am DOM for. In the course of the inspection, one of the ASIs (there were three), asked myself, and two pilots for our certificates. After looking at my certificates, he shook his head and said that there was a problem..............He informed me that none of my certificates had been signed by me. He seemed to have a light-hearted demeanor, but as this was the first time I had met him (big turn-over in the office has left us with all new inspectors), I did not want to make any assumptions. I told him that the signatures must have worn off, which he agreed was probably the issue. This is where I screwed up................. As he handed my certs back for me to sign them, He said that after he signs his certificates, he puts a piece of scotch tape over the signature line. I replied..............sounds like an alteration to the certificate. I don't think he liked that statement. The meeting remained non-confrontational, but he did immediately make the comment that he would possibly have to have a look at past mx sign-offs/flight logs that I had made, as they were made while my certificates were ineffective. I was a little disappointed with myself for not signing the certs, but also concerned by his comment about inspecting my past activity. My question is this: I understand that the FAA wants us to sign our certificates as there is a place for it, but where is the regulatory requirement for it? If this inspector wanted to issue a violation, what would his basis be?