Aircraft Maintenance Technology

JUN-JUL 2018

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16 JUNE/JULY 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY FROM THE FAA become computers. Instructional methods have evolved to extensive use of computer-based instruction, advanced simulations, and distance learning. Schools know that they must become increasingly selective on the qualifications of new instructors and the recurrent training of current staff. With qualifications beyond an A&P certificate, instructors must be current not only in aviation technology but also in pedagogical technology. Schools are focusing on developing competence and relevant occupational skills rather than counting hours and checking instructional boxes. Many schools know that it takes more than 1,900 hours to qualify one to maintain modern aircraft. Schools have increased their partnerships with industry. A new generation of proprietary schools are setting higher standards, which are driving the publicly funded schools to keep up. AMT Training Providers Are Organizing Traditionally, Part 147 schools have suffered from limited collective organization. That translates to changes to a curriculum becoming a contest between a single institution and the FAA, hardly an even match. That situation has changed. A number of commercial organizations opened Part 147 programs at multiple sites and are exerting their influence to question the local FAA school inspectors and FAA headquarters. Industry associations, like ATEC and the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), have become influential in helping government to evolve Part 147. That helps the small as well as the larger schools. Change is in the air. Mac McDaniel, from Alabama Aviation Colleges, commented that we must move forward, “There is no longer time to wait!” Positive school lobbying and congressional attention to the impending worker shortage is influencing the FAA to move faster on curricular reform. In March, the U.S. Senate introduced Senate Bill 2506 “To establish an aviation maintenance workforce development pilot program.” That proposed bill offers local and state grants for equipment, scholarships, apprenticeships, career outreach, targeted opportunities for economically disadvantaged, and ways to transition military personnel. House Bill, H.R. 5701, introduced in May, is a complement to the Senate version. A potentially significant Senate Bill 2792, introduced in May is titled, “A bill to modernize training programs at aviation mainte Ice Shield De-icing Systems Ice Shield De-icing Systems offers… • Part for Part Replacement • Easy Installation • Technical Support • 48-hour Guaranteed Delivery Ice Shield is a Faster, Better, Smarter way to protect your aircraft from icing. For more information please visit www.iceshield.com or 800.767.6899 AviationPros.com/company/10133963

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