LEAD. ADVOCATE. EDUCATE.
On Sept. 6-7, 2017, attendees will crisscross the nation’s capital to meet members of Congress, staffers, regulators and industry allies to sound a unified message: Help aviation maintenance schools build the technical workforce of the future.
Day 1 will bring together regulators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Education to discuss upcoming and current regulatory initiatives, and industry group ally representatives to collaborate on mutual objectives and activities.
Day 2 will provide the opportunity to encourage policymakers to pass laws that bolster the efforts of instructors and students as they build the next generation of aviation professionals. Attendees will inform congressional leaders of the issues at the forefront of aviation maintenance education and those concerns unique to your institution. It is also a great way to educate policymakers about the numerous ways the industry impacts communities across the country.
Member: $300; Non Member: $600; Board Member: Free
Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street
For reservations call 1.800.331.3131.
Please note: the deadline to obtain the special group rate has passed.
Tuesday, Sept. 5
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Welcome Happy Hour, Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town, Hotel Lobby, 1456 Duke Street, Alexandria VA
Join fellow attendees for casual drinks and snacks at the Residence Inn Mix. After a casual hello, take advantage of all the fantastic dinner options Old Town has to offer. Visit www.visitalexandriava.com/old-town-alexandria/restaurants/ for more information.
Wednesday, Sept. 6
8:00 am to 8:30 am Welcome & Breakfast with FAA Leadership at Helicopter Association International (HAI), 1920 Ballenger Ave, 4th Floor
Organizational changes are coming for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Future of Flight Standards Initiative is a "service-wide effort to transform the culture of Flight Standards into an organization that facilitates critical thinking, interdependence, and consistency to better serve aviation safety.” The reorganization will purportedly allow for faster response times, single points of accountability in each functional organization, greater agility and consistency. Hear more about what to expect, directly from the top.
John Duncan, Executive Director, Flight Standards Service, Federal Aviation Administration
8:30 am to 9:30 am ATEC Updates and Program Overview
Hear what the council is doing for and through its members and how these initiatives are reflected in the agenda, to ensure attendees get the most out of the two-day event.
Ryan Goertzen, President/Chief Aviation Officer, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology & ATEC President
Jay Gregson, Provost, Hallmark University & ATEC Legislative Committee Chair
Crystal Maguire, Executive Director, ATEC
9:30 am to 10:30 am A Policy Briefing from Flight Standards Aircraft Maintenance Division
There is a lot of activity afoot. A new regulation for aviation maintenance technician schools is on the horizon, and enforcement and oversight changes are coming via the Future of Flight Standards. Get an update from the team of officials that create and implement policy objectives for aviation technician education.
Rolandos Lazaris, Assistant Manager
Kevin Morgan, Manager
Robert Warren, Aviation Safety Inspector
10:30 am to 11:00 am Coffee Break
11:00 am to 12:00 pm Development and Integration of Airman Certification Standards
Get an update on the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee’s (ARAC) Airman Certification System Working Group’s development of new standards that will govern mechanic testing. Understand the process, timeline, and how testing standards will support training initiatives.
Susan Parson, Special Assistant, Flight Standards Service & Editor, Safety Briefing Magazine, FAA
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Lunch, provided by HAI
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Federal Resources Available to Career, Technical and Adult Education
There is heightened interest in workforce development, apprenticeship programs, community partnerships and federal support for state and local career and technical education. Hear about current opportunities and regulatory initiatives that would support aviation maintenance technician education.
Pam Frugoli, O*NET/CareerOneStop/Competency Assessment Team Lead, Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor (invited)
Robin Utz, College and Career Transitions Branch Chief, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Department of Education (invited)
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm Coffee Break
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm RoundTable: Elevating Our Brand
Lots of buzz surrounds impending aviation maintenance workforce needs. While most agree that the global issue will ultimately be solved locally—when educators and employers partner to create distinct, attractive career paths—how can national campaigns support those efforts? Discuss what industry groups, media, schools and employers are doing to pique interest and curiosity, and how we might focus our unique perspectives and capabilities, on a national level, to engage the next generation on the local level.
Facilitator: Andy Hakes, EVP Airline Operations, AireXpert by Engio
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Dinner at Bugsy’s Pizza, 111 King Street, Alexandria
Thursday, Sept. 7
8:00 am to 9:30 am Breakfast and Policy Briefings, Russell Senate Office Building (SR), Room 385, 1st & C, NE, Washington DC
Get an overview of current legislative proposals that impact aviation workforce development, and what to expect in congressional meetings.
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Chairman, Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Transportation & Infrastructure (invited)
Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Member, Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation (invited)
9:30 am to 4:00 pm Congressional meetings on Capitol Hill
11:30 am to 1:00 pm Luncheon and Education Policy Briefing at Hunan Dynasty, 215 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Get an update on transportation committee initiatives and policy objectives, and an overview of recent legislative actions that will support aviation maintenance technician education, including the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.
Jake Baker, Education Research Assistant, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (invited)
James Redstone, Professional Staff Member, House Committee on Education and the Workforce Committee
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Legislative Reception and Leadership Award Presentation, Rayburn House Office Building (RHOB), Room 2043, Independence Ave. & S. Capitol St., SW, Washington DC
Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21), Chairman, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology (invited)
Friday, Sept. 8
8:00 am to 1:00 pm Board Meeting and Lunch at HAI