On Aug. 1, ATEC’s business office hosted a teleconference with members of the council's board and FAA officials from the Regulatory Support Division (AFS-600). The topic of discussion was recent revisions to Order 8900.2, which impose new experience requirements for DMEs and prohibit designees from testing more than one A&P applicant at a time.
The agency was surprised to hear that its revisions—which were meant to help the aviation maintenance industry—were actually hindering AMTSs from training qualified mechanics.
The call was the embodiment of ATEC's strong relationship with the FAA and highlighted the benefit of direct engagement. ATEC and the agency agreed to work together on the matter by exchanging information concerning the supply of DMEs, testing protocols, guidance for FSDOs and upcoming revisions to Order 8900.2A.
Stay tuned as the council continues to work the issue.
9/11/2015 06:33:33 am
I think the written tests ( general, airframe and powerplant) should be public information again. I see more students and instructors having problems in this area, using out dated information to study, instead of the oral and practical exams. I have been a DME for 26 years and yes it was nice to test two applicants at a time however with one it does provide more one on one time for the oral and practical and it is easier to be more objective on the test. I am approved to use the new test generator system the FAA currently now has but have not done so yet. Again right now I see students having a more difficult time with the written test because of the lack of information versus the oral and practical exams. Thank you Bob
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