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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