The next iteration of the aviation maintenance technician airman certification standard (ACS) is available for review and comment, download it here.
Member comment is due by Jan. 11.
An FAA and industry working group is working on the new standard for AMT knowledge and skill requirements. The ACS is fundamentally an enhanced version of the practical test standards (PTS), with the addition of knowledge and risk management elements for each subject area. The result is a comprehensive document that outlines what an applicant needs to know, consider, and do in order to pass both the knowledge and practical tests for a mechanic certificate.
See past member alerts on the ACS for more information about the document and its evolution.
As part of the STEM Education Coalition, ATEC briefed the new administration on the pending FAA part 147 rulemaking, asking that it proceed as scheduled, and that the final rule support a competency-based learning system that allows industry to freely meet already-mandated knowledge, skill and experience standards.
The memo, entitled “STEM Education, Good Jobs, and American Prosperity,” was directed to President-Elect Trump’s transition team and outlines a broad range of policies endorsed by the Coalition and makes recommendations for the first one-hundred days of President-Elect Trump’s term.
The full text of the memo can be found here.
The FAA has released draft AC 120-72A, Maintenance Human Factors Training. The proposal provides a compilation of resources to aid human factors training program development and would replace the sixteen-year-old AC 120-72, Maintenance Resource Management Training.
The draft AC incorrectly states that a 2016 change to part 147 requires that aviation maintenance technician school curriculum incorporate human factors training. While a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for part 147 was issued in 2015, a final rule is not expected to publish until summer 2017. The NPRM did include human factors as a required subject area in the list of curriculum topics, but it did not include “a detailed list of human factors topics” as stated in the draft AC.
ATEC will make submit comments to the proposal, which are due Dec. 30.
The Northrop Rice Foundation (NRF) provides financial, equipment, technical book, and tool support to AMT students, instructors, and schools. Awards available in 2017 include:
Scholarships, awards and grants are made possible through industry donations. To support the foundation, and for more information about the application process, visit www.northropricefoundation.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.