(a) To be eligible for a parachute rigger certificate, a person must --
(1) Be at least 18 years of age;
(2) Be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language,
or, in the case of a citizen of Puerto Rico, or a person who is employed
outside of the United States by a U.S. air carrier, and who does not meet
this requirement, be issued a certificate that is valid only in Puerto
Rico or while he is employed outside of the United States by that air
carrier, as the case may be; and
(3) Comply with the sections of this subpart that apply to the
certificate and type rating he seeks.
(b) Except for a master parachute rigger certificate, a parachute
rigger certificate that was issued before, and was valid on, October 31,
1962, is equal to a senior parachute rigger certificate, and may be
exchanged for such a corresponding certificate.