On Nov. 19, the Federal Register published the FAA's intention to extend the comment period for its proposed update to 14 CFR part 147. The move came in response to a request from 14 aviation and education groups, led by ATEC, submitted in late October.
"[The final rule will impact] not only the hundreds of institutions that educate our workforce, but also the thousands of businesses that rely on AMTS graduates to keep aircraft in flight," the coalition explained in its extension request. "With the additional time requested, the aviation industry and its partners in technical education will help the agency develop a rule that supports schools, aids students at the beginning of a rewarding career and serves an important and growing industry."
Comments are now due by Feb. 1, 2016. While the agency opted against providing the 90 additional days requested by the aviation community and its technical education allies, AMTS must fully utilize the time available to ensure robust guidance is provided to regulators.
Now that the deadline is set, the council and its allies can focus on substantive comments. Members are encouraged to review the proposal (see ATEC's side-by-side comparison) and submit feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.