James William Rice passed away Sunday, July 26, 2020 in Webster TX at the age of 88.
Dr. Rice was a founding member of ATEC, and instrumental in its creation in 1961. The Northrop Rice Foundation was established in the Rice family name in 1994 to provide annual scholarships and awards to the aviation technical education community. It continues to be a valuable resource for aviation technical programs, instructors, and students.
Jim was born in Chicago, IL on May 14, 1932 to James William Rice and Helen Margaret Lyons. Dr. Rice was in aviation his entire life, working at Braniff, Continental, Bendix, Western Electric and Lockheed before founding Rice Aviation in Houston in 1972 to teach aircraft mechanics. After receiving his Ed.D from the University of Houston in 1977, Dr. Rice alongside his wife Mary Alice, helped thousands of students through the rigorous FAA Airframe and Powerplant curriculum resulting in aviation careers for many local Texans.
Dr. Rice's full obituary is available at www.legacy.com/obituaries/houstonchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=james-rice&pid=196564504&fhid=19433.
A lovely tribute, written by Dr. Rice's friend and colleague Vince Jones, was published in AMT Magazine in April: www.aviationpros.com/education-training/article/21142019/jim-rices-career
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Northrop Rice Foundation to help further the Dr. James W. Rice and Mary Alice Rice tradition of education of aviation maintenance personnel.
The FAA recently announced a long list of industry leaders selected to participate in two new FAA-industry workforce initiatives. The committees will come together to make formal recommendations on ways the federal government can encourage women and youth to pursue aviation fields.
The Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force will develop strategies and recommendations for the federal agency to encourage high school students to pursue aviation careers. ATEC member representatives serving on the task force include Dr. Joel English, Executive Vice President of the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Ryan Goertzen, Vice President of Workforce Development for AAR Corp, and James Hall, Dean of Aviation Technologies for WSU Tech.
The Women in Aviation Advisory Board will develop and provide independent recommendations and strategies to the FAA to explore opportunities for encouraging and supporting female students and aviators to pursue a career in aviation. An impressive roster of individuals were chosen as members of the Board, including ATEC member representative Suzanne Markle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and Stacey Rudser, Director for the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance.
Both groups were created in accordance with Section 612 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Pub. L. 115-254). The first WIAAB meeting is scheduled for Aug. 11 (see Federal Register notice). While the deadline for non-board members to request an invitation to attend the initial gathering, all meetings are open to the public.
Thank you to those individuals that are volunteering their time to serve. We look forward to seeing the outputs and stand ready to support!
The ATEC Board supports the council's mission and provides leadership and strategic governance. Given term limits imposed by the council bylaws, several director positions will be available this fall.
Duly elected directors serve a four-year term. Positions are available for representatives of both industry and part 147 schools. Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 1.
For more information on qualification requirements and to submit a nomination, visit the Board Nomination page.
Aviation Institute of Maintenance Student Selected as 2020 Scholarship Winner by Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AFMA)
NORFOLK, Va. (July 21, 2020) – Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Norfolk campus (AIM) is proud to announce Harry Dugan as a recipient of a $2,500 scholarship awarded by the AMFA. Each year, the AMFA awards two scholarships to Airframe and Powerplant students who stand out for their grades and application essay. AMFA scholarship recipients must be currently enrolled in a program that is designed to prepare you to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) test to obtain an A&P Certification, be U.S. Citizens, and apply with a 500-word essay about safety reporting in the aviation industry. Winners are normally awarded scholarships in person, but due to COVID-19, this years’ plaques and checks were mailed, with campus visits to be scheduled at a later date.
Dugan, originally from New Jersey, enlisted in the Army in 2007 as a Calvary Scout. After serving, he decided to pursue a college degree, which lead him to the aircraft maintenance industry. Megan Lewis, the AIM, Norfolk campus Veterans Affairs Officer, says, “Harry Dugan has a strong maintenance background and thrives on hands-on learning. Harry is involved in the campus Student Veterans’ Organization, boasts perfect attendance, and has a 4.0 GPA. We are so proud of what he is achieving.” Harry is scheduled to graduate in 2021 and is excited to see projected growth in his chosen field.
After much deliberation and assessment by executive leadership and the Annual Conference committee, the trade association has decided to transition this year's in-person event to an online forum.
The Annual Conference, initially scheduled for March 29-April 1 and subsequently postponed to Sept. 13-16, will be held virtually this fall. The agenda will publish later this summer and will consist of shorter, online panels that will take place over the course of a week. Stay tuned for more information as speakers are confirmed and logistics finalized.
Registration fees for the event are $247.50 per person, a 50% discount off the in-person rate. All previously-registered attendees will be automatically enrolled in the virtual event (confirmations will be sent in the coming weeks) and provided a $247.50 credit that can be applied toward any future invoice, including registration for next year's event or to register a colleague for the online conference. To make alternative arrangements, or request a credit memo evidencing your account balance, email Tarra Ruttman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for the virtual event will include:
We are disappointed ATEC cannot facilitate an in-person event this year, but are very excited for the opportunity to provide an online forum for community engagement and the sharing of industry updates and best practices during these challenging times. And while we are not in a position to confirm dates for next year's Annual Conference given uncertainties surrounding the safety of large gatherings, please plan to join us in Fort Worth once we can ensure a safe and enjoyable event that meets the expectations of all involved.
Applications are now open for the Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA) scholarship program designed to help aspiring pilots, aircraft maintenance technicians (AMT) and airline managers to pursue their careers.
“Despite the pandemic, accelerated retirements will mean workforce shortages will return and become more acute when the industry recovers," said RACCA President Stan Bernstein. "This is not the time to stop your education and we need to ensure funding is available to help students overcome the barriers associated with the high cost of an aviation education. In recent years, we have helped students pursue AMT, airline management and pilot careers. Ensuring funding is available is an important part of the RACCA mission.”
The RACCA Aviation Scholarships were established for the purpose of promoting and assisting in pursuing aviation as a career choice and to make students aware of the opportunities in the air cargo industry. RACCA, representing 50 air cargo carriers, many of which feed the FedEx, DHL and UPS networks, provides scholarships to assist in the payment of tuition, flight training, or to obtain new or additional licenses. The organization makes four awards each year in November.
To qualify for the scholarships, applicants must be:
Scholarship # 1 will carry the additional requirement of obtaining a letter of introduction from an existing RACCA member or RACCA associate member since the goal is for candidates to learn about the air cargo industry. If there is a RACCA member or associate member in a candidate’s immediate area, candidates should arrange to visit their operation and become familiar with all the opportunities in the growing air cargo industry. If there is no member close, candidates should call a member and tell them who they are and ask questions about the air cargo industry.
The deadline for applications is October 15, 2019 and the selection will be made by November 30 and distributed on December 15 to an accredited school.
The RACCA Aviation Scholarship application is available on the RACCA website at www.raccaonline.org/scholarship/.
The 2021 WAI scholarship program officially opens on July 1. There are currently 56 scholarships offered for flight training, engineering, maintenance, dispatcher, and professional development for individuals in all stages of life.
Additional scholarships and internships will be added in the coming weeks and months, with over 100 scholarships expected to be posted by the Fall. Applicants are encouraged to check for new scholarships often and may apply for up to three scholarships per year. All applications must be submitted by Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
To review the opportunities and apply, visit www.wai.org/education/scholarships.
School closures incited by the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way aviation technical programs provide instruction. Along with instruction comes assessment, and the desire for schools to ensure exams are delivered in a safe and secure manner.
For schools exploring remote proctoring solutions, there are many important factors to consider. This webinar will provide an overview of--
Amanda Jayakeerthi, President & CEO, ExamRoom.AI
Steven Kane, Executive Director, SpaceTEC Partners, Inc.
The live webinar took place on Thursday, June 25 at 3 PM CT. View the recorded version, below.
A recent ATEC webinar provided insight into how schools are responding and adapting in the COVID-19 environment. While respondents indicate there will be a decline in A&P school enrollments nationally over the course of the next two years, there is also evidence of innovation as schools pursue distance learning opportunities.
An estimated one in five A&P schools are currently suspended, with around five schools voicing concern over the long-term viability of their programs given extended school shutdowns. Around 40 percent of schools expect a decline in anticipated 2020 graduates, by an average of 28 percent. Perhaps more concerning is the nearly half of respondents reporting an expectation that enrollment will decline by an estimated 31 percent in 2020 and 2021.
Respondents expect that 45 percent of 2020 grads will have a job by graduation, down 15 points since December.
The ability for schools to facilitate completion of lab work is by far the biggest challenge facing A&P programs. While 72 percent of schools are providing at least some content online, none reported the ability to facilitate lab work online, greatly hindering their ability to graduate students. Satisfying FAA requirements is seen as the second biggest challenge for certificated programs.
Over half of programs intend to seek permanent authorization to provide content online, compared to around 3% of schools that had distance learning programs before the COVID pandemic necessitated massive school closures. A clear indication of a massive shift in the way aviation technical programs structure programs and access to content.
ATEC continues to advocate on behalf of the community to improve inspector guidance and ease restrictions on online training. It is also working in Congress on the much-needed passage of the PARTT 147 Act, seeking to replace the current, long-outdated rule with new language. Members are encouraged to use the legislative tool kit to engage their legislative leaders and secure additional support for the bill.
To see a recorded version of the webinar, click here.
To see survey results as provided in the webinar presentation, click here.
Member Editorial: Maintenance Workforce Demands to Spike as Emerging Technologies Deploy and Necessitate Skills Sets Change
ATEC is happy to provide a venue for members to share thoughts and ideas. This month we welcome the following editorial from Stephen Ley, Associate Professor at the School of Aviation Sciences for Utah Valley University. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of ATEC. Feel free to contact the author directly with questions or comments. To publish an editorial on this website, email email@example.com.
While most reports on urban mobility and unmanned cargo portray an optimistic picture for dramatically changing the aviation industry, few have focused on workforce challenges they bring to an already challenged industry. Despite the Covid-19 economic impacts on the global maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry, observers see a very bright future for those on the AMT career path.
In fact, I believe, we are on the edge of a technological explosion of new technologies and modalities of air passenger and cargo transportation which will lead to opportunities for new career entry, growth, and advancement. In addition, we are on the edge of an explosion in space transportation which will also require robust MRO capabilities.
Urban Air Mobility (UAM), Large Unmanned Air Cargo (LUCA), and the commercialization of space, are the new growth markets in technology whose integration into our day to day lives will result in an expansion of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), service center, and point of operation maintenance (POM), capabilities and requirements. These technologies are considered ‘disruptors’ in that they change the status quo in how we integrate, consume, operate, and sustain these new modes of air (and space) transportation.
According to the NASA Urban Air Mobility Market Study completed in November 2018, Air Metro flight services (which constitute public transportation utilizing predetermined routes and regular schedules and stops) can be in place and profitable by 2030, with Entry Into Service to occur progressively prior to this. This means that autonomous air vehicles with 2-5 passengers in a eVTOL (electric powered Vertical and Takeoff) configuration will require service, maintenance, and return to service at the point of operation in order to maintain the quick turn-around and economic viability, and safety of those operations.
As a result of these types of operations, vehicle airworthiness certification standards will need to evolve with the technology that will be deployed in service to include electric propulsion, autonomous systems for Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), navigation, and flight systems. This will require a qualified and certified airframe and maintenance technician with elevated skills beyond the current standards defined by FAR Part 147. This gives our industry, our technician schools and the FAA the impetus to evolve its curriculum to meet this need.
Uber Elevate is leading the pack when it comes to aggressively evaluating the social, economic, technology and infrastructure impact of the deployment of both Air Metro and Air Taxi (unscheduled, on-demand, point to point air transportation) passenger VLOL flight operations. Clearly private venture companies, as well as well known aircraft manufacturers are pursuing this market. Over 200 aircraft are currently under either design, development, prototyping, and actual flight testing. As an example look at Boeing’s air taxi, the Bell Nexus, the Volocopter, XTI Trifan 600, and the Italdesign and Airbus Pop Up. All of these are viable technologies. All will required new, high skilled technicians to support them.
Large Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (LUCA) are currently under design, development and flight testing. The integration and operation of these aircraft will be a watershed moment in our industry. According to Air Cargo News, the global value of trade goods has increased from $10 trillion in 2005 to $17.5 trillion in 2017. The global drone logistics market generated $24 million in revenue in 2018 with projects to grow revenue to $1.6 billion by 2027 through consolidations and expansion of new technologies. New start-up aircraft companies are pursuing the niche market in earnest. These include Saberwing, Elroy Air, and Nautilus as examples. These are viable projects and some are already in flight testing.
New autonomous air cargo aircraft means an expanded and diversely dispersed fleet which will need to be maintained, inspected, and returned to service by qualified technicians further expanding the opportunities within the A&P career field.
The commercialization of space is already successfully expanding within the United States. Space X has been launching unmanned payloads into space very successfully, and affordably. Recent examples include the Starlink satellite delivery launches. SpaceX has now entered the crewed launch market by successfully placing 2 astronauts into space to rendezvous with the International Space Station via their Crew Dragon rocket technology. All of these launch vehicles are reusable and require qualified technicians to maintain them, make repairs and return them to the launch pad.
Additional companies are also pursuing the space payload launch services market as well. These include Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, and Boeing. These companies also provide skilled A&P technicians the career opportunity to support the manufacture and testing of these lift vehicles and rocket propulsion systems.
Further research needs to be accomplished to both quantify and qualify the impact these new technologies will have to the aerospace industry and how these air and space vehicles will be maintained and sustained through their entire life cycle. Clearly opportunities for A&P technicians do exist and will continue to develop as these new air and space vehicle technologies are integrated into our day to day lives, and not in the too distant future.
JS Firm advises the MRO community continues to hire and, in a bid to help employees affected by the Covid-19 business disruption navigate this uncertain period, it has scheduled a series of webinars for job seekers. The webinars will be archived for those who cannot view them live.
For Job Seekers the webinars cover maximizing your job search, resume and interview tips. Webinars are customized to aviation disciplines including mechanics and engineers as well as pilots.
JS Firm reports the 15 webinars has boosted new members by 73%. To view the webinar click here. Contact JS Firm here.
The Promoting Aviation Regulations for Technical Training (PARTT) 147 Act (S.3043/H.R.5427) would direct the FAA to promulgate a community-drafted part 147. The inflexibility of the current rule is especially acute in the current COVID environment. ATEC is therefore doubling down on its efforts to generate support for the Act, and asking that Congress consider including it in any future COVID relief package.
The bill--largely based on language ATEC offered in its comments to the part 147 NPRM and SNPRM--directs Congress to replace the current, long-outdated rule with new language, effectively bypassing the rulemaking process and mandating that FAA make aviation education a rulemaking priority.
The legislative effort comes in response to a slow-moving regulatory process (it's been 16 years since the Governmental Accountability Office called for updates to curriculum requirements), and less-than-ideal proposals from the FAA (see the part 147 issue page for more information and timeline of events). The PARTT 147 Act specifically provides regulatory language that would take a performance-based approach, deferring to Department of Education oversight for all matters concerning quality of education, and giving schools the freedom to create curriculum based on competencies and industry needs.
Community leaders are encouraged to take the following steps to solicit congressional support for the PARTT 147 Act:
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June 9, 2020: The industry favorite Transport Category Aircraft Systems is now in its fourth edition. Transport aircraft systems have undergone many changes in the rapidly advancing electronic age, and this latest edition of Transport Category Aircraft Systems can help you make sense of them. Professor Wild has updated the book to include the latest aircraft and removed the aircraft that are no longer commonly seen.
Designed for readers who already have some knowledge of aeronautical terminology and basic aircraft systems, this book provides in-depth explanations and detailed illustrations of transport-category aircraft and their onboard systems. It introduces complex systems by explaining the basics that are common to all large aircraft. By understanding how a system works on a specific aircraft, the reader can transfer that knowledge to other aircraft.
Transport Category Aircraft Systems 4th edition will be available for order in July. If you have any questions regarding this textbook or would like to place a preorder you can call or email us at: 800.828.6835, firstname.lastname@example.org
Avotek, of Weyers Cave, VA, develops and manufactures modern, fully functional aviation maintenance training systems; publishes a full line of high-quality, up-to-date textbooks that complement its training systems; and offers online training.
Avotek has earned an industry reputation for quality and excellence. Our team of authors includes mechanics, inspectors, aviation experts, and instructors. They are actively involved in aviation maintenance training or working in the aviation maintenance field. They bring their expertise to Avotek from colleges, universities, and current hands-on experience.
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In May, ATEC ran a survey targeted at aviation maintenance technician schools. The objective was to gather information on COVID-19 impacts on school operations and graduate and enrollment expectations, and identify ways the council can support the community during the on-going pandemic.
This webinar will provide an overview of the results, and action items to address the fallout. The live version will take place on June 4 at 1:00 PM CT.
Charles Taylor was the first aircraft mechanic and the original unsung hero of aviation. He worked for the Wright brothers in their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio. When they could not find a company to build them an engine for their glider, Charlie made one from scratch in about 6 weeks.
In honor of AMT Day, hear a little more about his story at https://vimeo.com/420492939/e8535aa90a (brought to you by the Mechanical Dragons).
ATEC will hold a live webinar on Thursday, May 21 at 2 PM CT, the fourth in a series of webinars intended to assist aviation maintenance technician schools navigate part 147 programs in the current COVID-19 environment.
The webinar, entitled "Best Practices: Facilitating Lab Work During COVID-19," will look at how AMTS are adopting longer-term plans to address the reality for many localities—that social distancing measures will be in place through at least the summer, and likely the fall. Many schools have worked through FAA mandates and successfully implemented distance learning programs for lecture content, but finding ways for students to complete lab work is an ongoing struggle. Panelists will share what they are doing to facilitate safe student access to facilities and equipment so they can satisfy hands-on project requirements.
Preliminary results from an ATEC survey currently out in the field suggests facilitation of lab requirements is the biggest challenge facing part 147 schools today. The results are not surprising given the hands-on experience necessary to train aviation mechanics, and the restrictions on campus access during massive school closures.
A special thank you to the panelists that have offered to share their experiences with the community:
Dr. Raymond Thompson, Associate Dean and Interim Chair, Western Michigan University
Jeremiah Scarbrough, Regional Director, Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Ty Harrison, Aviation Maintenance Technology Program Director, Colorado Northwestern Community College
ATEC is redoubling efforts to educate legislators about the Promoting Aviation Regulations for Technical Training (PARTT) 147 Act (S.3043/H.R.5427), bipartisan and bicameral legislation to modernize part 147 regulations dating back to 1962.
A newly-published policy brief provides a thorough history of industry's advocacy efforts to update the rule, and highlights current FAA proposals that would have a toxic impact on an already inflexible framework.
The brief calls attention to the negative impact the current rule has on schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. FAA-mandated approvals of online delivery and limitations on what can be taught outside the classroom has hindered operations and innovations at part 147 schools. In the brief, the council argues that had the Act been passed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many aviation programs would be in a different position today.
ATEC encourages the community to share the brief with their legislative leaders on capitol hill, and encourage them to sign on as a co-sponsor to the PARTT 147 Act.
For the past several years, Premier Aircraft Service, Inc. has been converting Diamond aircraft to newer engine models. In doing this, Premier has obtained several of the older 1.7 diesel Thielert engines which are no longer needed for flying aircraft. Premier is therefore making the Continental basic 1.7 teardown engines available to schools for $4,950 plus shipping. Discounts are available for larger quantities.
Interested schools can contact Premier Vice President of Operations and ATEC Director Art Spengler for more information.
AMTS are adopting longer-term plans to address the reality for many localities—that social distancing measures will be in place through at least the summer, and likely the fall. Many schools have worked through FAA issues and successfully implemented distance learning programs for lecture content, but finding ways for students to complete lab work is an ongoing struggle. Hear what other schools are doing to facilitate safe student access to facilities and equipment so they can satisfy hands-on project requirements.
The live event is scheduled for Thu, May 21, 2020 at 2:00 PM CDT. Visit the link below to register and see a list of confirmed panelists.
ATEC is running a survey targeted at aviation maintenance technician schools. The objective is to gather information on COVID-19 impacts on school operations and graduate and enrollment expectations, and identify ways the council can support the community during the on-going pandemic.
All schools certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration under 14 CFR part 147 are encouraged to respond to the short, 15 question survey.
A new initiative in support of STEM education is being considered by Congress. The legislation would provide education funding for rural and underserved communities, something that has not been addressed in previous Coronavirus relief packages.
The bill, sponsored by Reps. TJ Cox and Troy Balderson is in response to a study showing the educational resource disparities in rural America as well as a the lack of internet-related infrastructure.
The STEM Education Coalition, of which ATEC is a leadership council member, is a large supporter of the initiative. Get more information at www.stemedcoalition.org/2020/05/06/coalition-calls-on-congress-to-address-stem-education-and-infrastructure-in-next-coronavirus-response-bill/.
FAA will publish a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) to provide relief for mechanic applicants who have testing periods expiring between March and June 2020. Title 14 CFR 65.71 requires that an FAA mechanic applicant pass all prescribed testing (i.e., written, oral and practical) within 24 months. The FAA SFAR extends the testing period by three months for those whose testing period has or will expire between March and June 2020.
The SFAR also extends inspection authorization (IA) renewal deadlines for those FAA-certificated mechanics that hold IA. For those IA holders that were unable to meet renewal requirements by March 2020 (as required by 65.93), they will have until June 2020 to do so.
The SFAR, prompted by industry groups, also extends deadlines for pilots, crew members, and flight schools.
The SFAR is scheduled to publish in the federal register on May 4. The version available for public inspection as of May 1 is linked below.
In cooperation with Quality Control Management (QCM) a Swiss-approved EASA Part 147 training organization, Aircraft Technical Book Company (ATB/ATB-I) can now authorize FAA part 147 certificated schools as approved EASA testing sites for B1.1, and B2 avionics. (Passing a set of written exams enables A&Ps with 5 years of appropriate experience to add an EASA license to their credentials.)
To qualify as an examination center, schools must hold a Part 147 certificate, have an on-site secured examination room, and qualified examiners (DMEs) to supervise examinations. Opportunities to offer B1/B2 training programs for new students under the QCM approval are also available.
ATB/QCM will assist schools with recruiting and pre-qualifying of applicants, as well as no cost training of your staff to perform these functions.
For more information, contact Andrew Gold at (970) 726-5111.
After publishing its robust maintenance, repair and overhaul market outlook through 2030 in February, ARSA and Oliver Wyman have revised its forecast for MRO activity suggesting the current trajectory for fleet reductions and lower aircraft utilization would reduce global MRO demand in 2020 by over $26 billion, or almost 30%. North America and Western Europe would suffer the largest impact.
Past crises are informing the reduction-in-demand outlook for MROs with independent MROs at most risk.
In the meantime, health officials in partnership with companies are beginning to prepare for back-to-work programs that protect workers while resuming maintenance or production of aircraft. AvWeek has scheduled a podcast with AAR on its return-to-work plans.
While plans remain in flux, back to work could mean daily temperature readings before entering the shop floor, donning personal protective equipment, social distancing and robust cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, according to guidance issued by CDC for aircraft maintenance workers.
The CARES Act, as well as agreements between airlines and unions mean no layoffs for the present, according to AvWeek. Their work, however, will include maintaining aircraft ready for flight and supporting airlines as they shift to cargo operations and shift fleets to ensure continued airworthiness, which presents opportunities for MROs. Concerns have been raised about the contract maintenance workforce and ways are sought to minimize the disruption on the workforce, according to Launch Technical Workforce Solutions.
The industry is seeking further government help but, with Congress in recess, another rapid, short-term fix seems unlikely until mid-May at the earliest. In addition, industry is wondering whether the epidemic will kick-start automation in aircraft production as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul.
FAA Coronavirus Updates
In an effort to provide parents with innovative solutions to educating their children at home, aviation universities and industry have created a plethora of free online programming – including for-credit coursework – for high school students.
The aim is to develop programming not only to show the link between STEM and aviation but to pique youngsters’ interest in aviation. The development of these online programs is a great resource for the industry interested in spreading the word about aviation careers.
Raytheon Technologies created Every-Age STEM helping young people discover their passion for science, technology, engineering and math. Designed to close the gender and racial gaps in the industry, Raytheon’s course is in addition to its work with nonprofits like FIRST, Girls Who Code, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to inspire the next generation of engineers.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University announced two initiatives as faculty developed online courses that introduce core concepts and offer enrichment activities to help spark young people’s interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). “Aviation is Your Future,” a free massive open online course, or MOOC, offers an introduction to aviation for children aged 8 to 17. Another initiative that is free to Florida and Arizona high school students offers seven for-credit introductory aviation classes, all available online and none requiring previous college education.
Finally, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association listed several other resources including those from NASA, the Museum of Flight, the Cradle of Aviation Museum, The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and other museums around the country.
Stay tuned for updates on everything ATEC members need to know as well as ways that you can help the council and the AMTS community.