During its annual board meeting, ATEC directors elected WSU Tech Aviation Program Dean James Hall as new council president. Jim was originally elected to the board in 2017 and has served on the executive committee as treasurer and vice president. In addition to his contributions to ATEC, Jim was appointed as a member of the Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force, a group that recently published recommendations to the FAA Administrator. Jim will serve a two-year term as president.
Southern Illinois University's Karen Johnson, who served as treasurer the last two years, was elected as vice president. Karen is also editor of the ATEC Journal and previous chair of the communications committee. Southern Utah University's Jared Britt will serve as treasurer. Jared is chair of the legislative committee and was a leader in the council’s efforts to advocate for part 147 regulatory reform on Capitol Hill.
Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics Director of Campus Operations Gary Hoyle will transition to immediate past president and continue as a member of the executive committee, having served the last four years as president. After more than 50 years in the aviation industry, Gary is planning a much-deserved retirement this summer. The Board still expects to see him at council events early and often.
The Board is proud to welcome several new directors, each of which will serve a four-year term:
During its annual meeting the board also recognized exiting and long-time director Ryan Goertzen. Ryan has served on the ATEC board for a decade, including four years as president. Under his leadership, the trade association's operating budget increase 400 percent and its membership more than doubled. He was steadfast in the pursuit to reform 14 CFR part 147, leading congressional advocacy efforts culminating in what ultimately passed Congress as a direct rule. As recognition of his work, fellow directors presented Ryan with a red line copy of the law that directed the FAA to remove and replace part 147 with ATEC-crafted language.
While Ryan's term on the ATEC board has ended, he continues on as a founding director and president of ATEC's sister organization, Choose Aerospace. In that role he leads pursuit of an aggressive goal to enroll 10,000 students in the Choose Aerospace aviation maintenance curriculum by 2027. The aviation technician education community is indebted to Ryan for his service and continued dedication to this community.
See the entire directory of ATEC's elected, volunteer leaders at www.atec-amt.org/leadership.
Learn more about the Choose Aerospace aviation maintenance curriculum for high school programs at www.chooseaerospace.org/curriculum.
The new part 147 provides new opportunities for aviation maintenance technician schools looking to better prepare students for careers in aviation maintenance. Several annual conference breakouts will focus on these opportunities. To that end, ATEC is seeking representatives from schools and industry to share best practices and experience on the following topics:
With publication of the new part 147 and mechanic airman certification standards, the FAA is adjusting the way it evaluates mechanic applicant experience under 14 CFR part 65.
Up until Sept. 21, applicants with the requisite 18 months (or 30 months for a second rating) experience were required to have verifiable knowledge/skill in 50 percent of the subject areas listed in the appendices B, C, and D for the rating sought.
Moving forward, the evaluation will be based on the mechanic airman certification standard (FAA-S-ACS-1). Part 65 applicants will be required to have experience in 50 percent of the skill elements in the subject areas of the mechanic ACS, as applicable to the rating sought. (FAA officials have clarified that candidates must have experience in 50 percent of skills over all subject areas for the applicable rating, not 50 percent of each subject area.)
Since current guidance still directs inspectors to use the (now defunct) part 147 appendices, the Deviation Memo will stay in effect until the inspector handbook is revised (specifically, FAA Order 8900.1, Volume 5, Chapter 5, Section 2, paragraph 5-1134, and Section 6, paragraph 5-1253).
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.