The Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) Airman Certification Standards (ACS) working group is commenting on the draft Airframe Handbook (FAA-H-8083-31A), expected to publish September 2018.
While the FAA did not distribute the handbook for public comment, members are invited to provide feedback through ATEC for consideration by the working group. The draft handbook is available here.
Comments are due to email@example.com by January 20.
Recognize an outstanding aviation maintenance technology student or instructor.
ATEC is now accepting nominations for the James Reardon Aviation Maintenance Technician Student of the Year Award and the Ivan D. Livi Aviation Maintenance Educator of the Year Award. The awards recognize individuals who - through academic excellence, community involvement or professional skill - makes a direct, positive impact on their associates, school or community.
Award winners will be recognized at the ATEC annual conference in Washington DC, being held March 17-20. Nominations are due January 31.
FAA Course FAA21000113 reviews the approval process and oversight responsibilities for aviation maintenance technician schools certificated under 14 CFR part 147. As of last year, all aviation safety inspectors with oversight responsibilities are required to attend.
The FAA has offered industry one seat in each of the eleven scheduled courses. The three-day course is held at the FAA academy in Oklahoma City, the registration fee is $375. The course description, required prerequisites and dates are available at https://www.academy.jccbi.gov/catalog/ (search for course FAA21000113).
The opportunity is available on a first come, first served basis. Reserve your seat by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Dec. 1.
The Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) is conducting a survey of US-based educational institutions with aviation maintenance technical programs. As of Nov. 15, 32% of all AMTS have participated. The original deadline of Nov. 3 was extended to ensure all schools have the opportunity to submit a response.
The purpose of the survey is to assess key trends in aviation maintenance education, gather demographics of the entering workforce, support industry recruitment programs and initiatives, and guide future association activities and priorities.
The survey was delivered to the primary contact at each institution, schools are asked to make one submission per location. For those institutions with multiple campuses, survey response requests were sent to the primary contact at each location. If your school did not receive an invitation to participate or would like to confirm your school's primary contact, please email ATEC.
Results will be reported in the aggregate (individual responses are confidential and will not be published). All respondents will receive an advance copy of aggregate results once they are compiled and participating schools will be listed in the final survey report.
Since data from various sources may be required to complete the survey, respondents are advised to collect information before beginning an electronic submission. To aid those efforts, a PDF version of the questionnaire is available here.
ACS Working Group Makes Formal Recommendation to Align Part 147 with New Mechanic Knowledge and Skill Standards
A June 28, 2017 letter was formally presented at a recent Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) meeting, recommending that the FAA ensure part 147 is properly aligned with new airman certification standards.
The recommendation was initiated by the ACS working group, which warned against creating training standards in part 147. The group argues that the ACS should set the minimum knowledge and skill requirements for mechanic certification, as provided for in part 65. Part 147 has essentially set the standard through its curriculum requirements, which is misplaced.
The working group communicated these sentiments to AFS-350 through a formal recommendation asking that it 1) revise part 65 to provide the baseline standard for mechanic knowledge and skill requirements, 2) remove any reference to curriculum requirements or subject areas from part 147, 3) reference the AMT ACS in AMTS operations specifications to ensure that training and testing are directly correlated and 4) utilize the ARAC Airman Certification System Working Group as the driver for changes to training requirements.
A new FAA part 147 is expected to provide opportunities for competency-based aviation mechanic programs. Learn more about the method of education, its origins in aviation, and some of its advantages and potential pitfalls. This webinar, and all other previously-recorded webinars, is available free of charge to members.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Suzanne Kearns is an aviation academic that researches and teaches aspects of international aviation, human factors, safety management, and training methodologies. She is past-president of the University Aviation Association and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Dr. Kearns has authored many articles and four books including "Canadian Aviation" published September 2009, "e-Learning in Aviation" published in 2010, (co-author) of "Competency-Based Education in Aviation: Exploring Alternate Training Pathways" published 2016, and a forthcoming introductory textbook on "Fundamentals of International Aviation" coming 2018.
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Utah Senator Orrin Hatch made formal inquiry into the status of the anticipated revised proposal for 14 CFR part 147, the regulation governing curriculum requirements for aviation maintenance technician schools.
In addition to the update, Sen. Hatch highlighted the need for a rule that provides more flexibility:
"As you may know, Utah schools are home to many aviation education programs, including those for aviation maintenance technicians. I have repeatedly heard from constituents who wish to have updated, less burdensome regulations for these programs. I share in their concerns that the rule is in major need of an update to keep up with the expanding global aviation sector and modernized aircraft."
The FAA has stated than an SNPRM will be issued in October 2017.
Like many of its members, the council starts budget planning in the summer months. Rates for next year's membership and events are set in advance to ensure members can plan for their participation. Please consider budgeting for the following line items:
The aviation maintenance technician school docket was recently revised to include a second NPRM in its regulatory plan timetable. According to the revision, a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) will be published in October 2017.
An SNPRM is generally issued when a proposed rule has been substantially changed from the original notice of proposed rulemaking. The supplemental notice advises the public of the revised proposal and provides an opportunity for additional comment.
Given developments with Airman Certification Standards since the original NPRM was issued, and strong comments by ATEC and other industry groups calling for a less prescriptive rule with opportunity for competency-based training systems, the council is optimistic that the revised proposal will provide a better framework for aviation maintenance school programs.
While the additional step will likely delay promulgation, ATEC is confident that another round of review and comment will help ensure the next iteration of part 147 will last the test of time. Stay tuned.
Congressman Gus Bilirakis, representative of Florida's 12th District, joined his distinguished colleagues asking for an update on promulgation of new regulations governing aviation maintenance technician schools.
In his request, Rep. Bilirakis stated, "I am encouraged to see the FAA recognize the need to modernize and reorganize these important regulations in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice No. 15-10) and I believe the FAA should focus efforts to complete the rulemaking process efficiently."
Bilirakis joins Reps. Lamar Smith (TX), Tom Rice (SC) and Jim Bridenstine (OK) in their call for FAA action on part 147. In a Feb. 12, 2016 response to the Rice/Bridenstine letter, Administrator Huerta stated that "the part 147 rulemaking is among the highest priorities for the FAA."
The Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association supports those that aspire to begin or enhance a career in aviation through its RACCA Aviation Scholarship. The purpose of the award is to promote aviation careers and increase awareness of opportunities in the air cargo industry.
Two $750 awards are available to students pursuing a career in aviation as a pilot or aircraft mechanic. For more information and to apply, visit www.raccaonline.org.
In response to a wealth of feedback received at the last annual conference, the council is excited to announce a new focus for the ATEC Journal that will widen its breadth and provide more relevant and useful content to its readers. While the Journal will continue to welcome scholarly submissions on any issue relevant to aviation maintenance education, curriculum, and pedagogy, ATEC is specifically calling for papers that support the council’s regulatory and legislative agenda, and generates content for online webinars and annual conference sessions.
A new sequence of events will follow spring and fall publication. Authors will be offered the opportunity to present their research via an ATEC webinar and thereafter be considered for live presentations at the next annual ATEC conference. Our goal is for the Journal and the conference to complement each other, and better serve the ATEC community.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to--
Professionals from all segments of the aviation maintenance industry, members and non-members alike, are invited to submit a paper for publication. The submission deadline for the fall issue is Oct. 1. For more information and to submit a paper, visit http://www.atec-amt.org/the-journal.html.
Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21), at ATEC and member Hallmark University's prodding, sent a congressional inquiry asking for an update on the Federal Aviation Administration's rulemaking efforts for part 147, the regulation that governs operations and curriculum requirements for aviation maintenance technician schools.
In his letter, Rep. Smith states: "Part 147 is long overdue for modernization. Schools certificate under the current regulation are mandated by law to teach skills that do not add to the preparation of students pursuing high-tech aviation jobs. Any further delays in modernization will detrimentally affect students and industry." The congressman goes on to request that the agency respond with an expected promulgation date.
This is the second such inquiry made on behalf of the aviation community. Last February, Representatives Tom Rice (S.C.) and Jim Bridenstine (Okla.) sent a letter asking the FAA to make the rulemaking its highest priority. An FAA response stated that was indeed the case, and that the agency is committed to "delivering regulation that encompasses new technology and remains flexible to grow and adapt with the industry."
Update: On Aug. 29, 2017, the FAA responded to Smith's inquiry, stating that "several commentators suggested expanding the scope of [the] proposal to allow for competency-based training and satellite facilities... Because these two topics were not proposed in the NPRM, the FAA is required by law to publish a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) seeking public comment. We expect the SNPRM to be ready for publication later this fall, along with a draft Advisory Circular 147-3... The FAA is aware of the importance of the AMTS rule and will make every effort to expedite its issuance."
Council activities are ramping up in anticipation of new airman certification standards and a revised part 147. The webinar provides an overview of potential changes, tips on how to prepare, and access to practical resources so schools and companies alike can start planning now. Opportunities are available for all stakeholders to help ensure aviation maintenance technician school curriculum adequately prepares the future workforce.
All members receive free access to the recorded version, available in the ATEC Webinar Library.
The Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Airman Certification Standards (ACS) will soon replace current practical test standards (PTS), and clearly define minimum knowledge and skill requirements for A&P mechanics. Once completed, the ACS will provide the framework for the written, oral and practical mechanic tests; and subsequently, a guide for revising handbooks, oral questions, practical projects and the knowledge test bank. That means outdated questions and projects will be replaced with relevant assessment material, and incorrect, incomplete or inadequate questions and projects will be updated or removed.
An FAA-industry working group is developing the standard, and is using the latest version to review and edit the A&P knowledge test bank. Additional edits will be made to the ACS as that process moves forward; in the meantime, industry is still encouraged to download, review, and submit comment on the latest version (preferably via tracked changes in Microsoft Word).
NC3, in partnership with Snap-on, Daniels Manufacturing Corp, ATI, Sioux, Starrett and Wichita Area Techical College, will provide a select line of certification courses in Wichita, Sept. 25-28. The following opportunities are available:
ATEC is initiating a grassroots campaign to garner legislative support for expeditious issuance of the new part 147. To support those efforts, ATEC contributed an opinion article to a leading political publication, The Hill. The piece highlights the ever-growing need for a modernized regulation governing aviation maintenance technician training. It will be used to educate lawmakers on the issue during the council's annual Fly-In, held each year in Washington DC.
Read and share the article, found here: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/transportation/345631-aviation-struggles-with-50-year-old-maintenance-training
A new edition of the Aviation Instructor’s Handbook (FAA-H-8083-9B) was presented to the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) Airman Certification Standards (ACS) working group for review and comment. While the FAA did not distribute the draft for public comment, members are invited to provide comment through ATEC for consideration by the working group. The draft is available here.
Members of the AMT sub-working group pointed out that while the publication is applicable to maintenance instructors (as stated in the lead-in paragraph), examples and illustrations in the text are all operations focused. Working group member and Florida State Florida State College at Jacksonville Program Manager David Dagenais believes “the AMT instructor community will embrace the handbook more readily if content focuses on the unique qualities of multi-student instruction in a classroom or shop environment.”
ATEC members are therefore invited to contribute sample examples, illustrations or other suggestions that would enhance the handbook’s value to the maintenance educator community.
Comments are due to ATEC by August 24.
In response to ATEC’s growth and increased need for industry engagement, earlier this year directors revised council bylaws to allow for more industry participation on the board of directors. Increasing from three to five seats, the opportunity is available for representatives of general aviation companies, business aviation companies, airlines, manufacturers, rotorcraft companies and repair stations.
Board composition currently consists of nine part 147 school representatives (including public and private, proprietary and not-for profit, four-year and two-year institutions) and three private sector representatives (including a repair station, manufacturer and the media).
Given the recent bylaw revision, the board is holding a special director election at the upcoming ATEC Fly-in.
Positions are available for representatives of both industry and part 147 schools. Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 15. For more information on qualification requirements and to submit a nomination, visit the Board Nomination page.
The Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) is now accepting applications for 2018 scholarship and award programs. Application packets must be postmarked by November 1, 2017.
AWAM’s Scholarship Program supports the diverse skills required in the field of Aviation Maintenance & Technology. AWAM began its scholarship program in 2002 with four scholarships awarded to eight recipients. In 2017, AWAM awarded over $185,000 in scholarships to 21 females and 9 males.
Scholarship opportunities are not just for initial students or women. Many are for those already working in the field, transitioning from the military, and for men as well. For more information visit https://www.awam.org/scholarships/.
Today's federal register gives notice of a change to Federal Aviation Administration part 147 curriculum requirements. The final rule removes the term "LORAN" from required subject area items provided for in Appendix C of part 147, which reads as follows:
Inspect, check, and service aircraft electronic communication and navigation systems, including VHF passenger address interphones and static discharge devices, aircraft VOR, ILS, LORAN, Radar beacon transponders, flight management computers, and GPWS.
According to the preamble, the "technical amendment"—which by definition does not require an opportunity for public comment—removes obsolete references throughout the aviation regulations, reasoning that "Loran, Consol, and Omega ground stations have ceased operations, which makes these avionics receivers obsolete and useless. Continued mention of these obsolete navigation aids in title 14 of the CFR serves no purpose, and could only confuse the public."
References the the outdated systems were removed from title 14 Code of Federal Regulations parts 1, 63, 121, 125, 135, 147, and 170. The change is effective immediately.
No mention was made of the expected larger revision to part 147. Agency officials expect the new part 147 final rule to publish this year.
The federal register notice is available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/25/2017-15517/removal-of-references-to-obsolete-navigation-systems-technical-amendment
OSHKOSH, Wis., July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) released its 2017 Pilot and Technician Outlook today at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and projects a demand for more than 1.2 million pilots and technicians over the next 20 years.
Now in its eighth year, the outlook is a respected industry study that forecasts the 20 year demand for crews to support the world's growing commercial airplane fleet. Boeing forecasts that between 2017 and 2036, the world's commercial aviation industry will require approximately:
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Advisory Circular (AC) 65-33A, Advisory Development of Training/Qualification and Certification Programs for Composite Maintenance Technicians, sets forth guidelines for developing a composite maintenance training program.
"The AC contains recommendations for the experience, training, qualification, and examination of persons performing maintenance and repair of aircraft composite structures or other aviation composite components. It recommends criteria for the qualification of personnel to be able to understand the technical principles involved in the maintenance and repair of aircraft composites."
While the AC is directed at repair organizations, the principles, sample curriculum, and evaluation materials could certainly be utilized to develop courses and programs at aviation maintenance technician schools.
The revised AC, which replaces the current 65-33 originally written in 2011, is available at https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/AC_65-33A.pdf.
At WAI’s 29th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, 103 individual scholarships equaling $569,965 will be awarded. As is the tradition, these scholarships are available for both flight training and scholastic funding with specific scholarships earmarked for nearly every aspect of the aviation and aerospace community, including aviation maintenance.
The scholarships will be awarded during WAI’s conference, held next year in Reno, Nevada, from March 22-24, 2018. Additional scholarships will be added in the coming months, and the total value of awarded scholarships typically reaches more than $600,000 annually.
The only underlying qualification to apply for a WAI scholarship is that the applicant must be a member of Women in Aviation International as of November 1, 2017. New this year, applicants may apply for up to three scholarships, plus internships. Delta Air Lines, for example, is offering a 13-week paid 2018 summer internship for a college student studying business management or industrial engineering. Individual scholarships may have additional qualifications to apply.
Nearly all scholarships may be applied for electronically and submitted through wai.org/education/scholarships. Applications may also be mailed through the traditional postal process as well. The 2018 scholarship program runs through November 13, 2017.
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