An FAA and industry working group continues development of the aviation maintenance technician airman certification standard, which will set the framework moving forward for the written, oral and practical A&P mechanic test. The initial draft combining general, airframe and powerplant is available for download here. Member comment is due to firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 6.
The ACS is fundamentally an enhanced version of the practical test standards (PTS), with the addition of knowledge and risk management elements to 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.
The timing of ACS development and part 147 rulemaking activities gives our community a unique opportunity to ensure teaching requirements are in line with mechanic testing standards. ATEC will continue to request that AMTS have the ability to teach to that standard free of prescriptive requirements and defined subject areas. The ACS would naturally be the basis and framework for every AMTS teaching curriculum, which is why it’s so important that the AMTS community participate in its development.
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.