On November 30, ATEC was notified that the FAA removed the 400 hour limit on distance education in Order 8900.1. This revision brings both internal and external guidance on this issue into conformity.
The council maintains, as it did in its comments to Draft Advisory Circular 147-3B, that distance learning instruction should not be limited by the number hours, but rather by subject matter and the technology available to ensure material is properly conveyed. The agency responded to ATEC’s pragmatic approach by removing the 400 hour limitation on distance learning instruction from the final language in the Advisory Circular.
Not to lose momentum, ATEC submitted a letter requesting the removal of the hours of instruction limitation from internal guidance as well. The FAA again responded favorably by removing the language from Order 8900.1. Agency personnel confirmed that part 147 inspectors would be immediately notified of revision.
ATEC’s success on this issue is a direct result of member engagement and persistence in advocating for ATEC members and the aviation community at large.
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