The Department of Transportation is seeking applications for its new Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) grants. The program was created by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which authorized and appropriated $500M to support advanced smart community technologies and systems in order to improve transportation efficiency and safety.
The grant will fund projects that are focused on using technology interventions to solve real-world challenges and build data and technology capacity and expertise in the public sector. Eligible applicants include public, private, academic, and nonprofit organizations; organized labor and workforce organizations; and community organizations and networks.
Grants are awarded in two stages. This particular NOFO is for Stage 1 (Planning and Prototyping Grant) applicants, 30-50 awardees for up to $2M each are anticipated. Another NOFO seeking Stage 1 applicants is expected to publish in FY23.
Stage 2 Implementation Grants will only be available to Stage 1 recipients and will fund up to $15M. The NOFO for Stage 2 is expected to publish in FY23.
For more information, visit https://www.transportation.gov/grants/SMART.
Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force (YIATF) Publishes Final Recommendations
Two years ago, the FAA established the Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force (YIATF) in response to Section 602, “Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force,” of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Pub. L. 115-254).
The group's objective is to encourage high school students to pursue in-demand careers in aviation. The work product provided to Congress sets forth several recommendations for improving aviation career opportunities, those recommendations are grouped in four categories:
Special thanks to ATEC members that served on the task force including ATEC President Jim Hall (WSU Tech), previous ATEC President Ryan Goertzen (AAR Corp), and previous ATEC director Joel English (AIM).
To access the agency’s committee webpage, click here.
To download the report, click here.
To view a recording of the meeting, click here or use the viewer below.
Full analysis by our good friend and aviation workforce news writer Kathryn Creedy is available by clicking here.
ATEC Journal: Call for Papers
The Journal is currently accepting submissions of scholarly, research, application, or opinion articles. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to--
In addition to these, submissions discussing the current situation in classrooms or industry regarding the effects of COVID restrictions or the implementation of the new FAR 147 are welcome.
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 October 1.
Authors may 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.
For more information and to submit a paper, visit http://www.atec-amt.org/the-journal.html.
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