ATEC News: June-July 2019
Boeing Releases 2019-2038 Technician Outlook
The latest Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, anticipated to formally release at the upcoming EAA AirVenture in OshKosh, projects that 769,000 new maintenance technicians will be needed to fly and maintain the world fleet over the next 20 years. The forecast is inclusive of the commercial aviation, business aviation, and civil helicopter industries, and is up from last year's 20-year forecast of 754,000. Projected demand in North America is 193,000, up 2% from last year.
According to the report:

The demand will stem from a mix of fleet growth, retirements, and attrition. Meeting this strong demand will require a collective effort from across the global aviation industry. As several hundred thousand pilots and technicians reach retirement age over the next decade, educational outreach and career pathway programs will be essential to inspiring and recruiting the next generation of personnel...

As new generation airplanes become more prominent in the global fleet, advances in airplane technology will drive demand for a new set of skills, such as digital troubleshooting and composites repair. Concurrently, operators and MROs will be challenged to ensure technicians continue to maintain the skills and capability necessary to service the large fleet of older generation aircraft. These two skill sets often differ, creating opportunities for the industry to enhance its standard training curriculum.

Mobile and distance learning solutions are supplementing traditional classroom instruction and allow students to continue their studies outside of traditional instructor-led classes. New technologies, such as augmented and mixed reality solutions, are also being tested as a way to improve student engagement, quality of instruction, and knowledge retention. Competency-based maintenance training continues to evolve as the industry focuses on addressing individual students' needs and knowledge gaps.

The need for maintenance personnel is largest in the Asia Pacific region, which will require 266,000 new technicians. Airlines in North America will require 193,000, Europe 137,000, the Middle East 69,000, Latin America 52,000, Africa 27,000, and Russia/Central Asia 25,000.

The full forecast is available at

For a compilation of notable aviation maintenance workforce reports, visit
Washington Fly-In: Registration Open
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The council's annual event will take place Sept. 10-13, 2019 in Washington DC. Join the community to spread the word about the positive impact of aviation maintenance education. More Information.
Get Prepared
Whether you've never met with your member of Congress, or you're a heavily-engaged constituent, ATEC will get you prepared. Review the council's legislative priorities and sign up for the Aug. 8 online webinar for an overview of the issues and logistics.
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​Discounted rooms are available at the Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street for $169/night through Aug. 12.  Make a reservation.
ATEC Submits Comments to Part 147 Supplemental Rulemaking
​The council voiced its feedback to the latest FAA rulemaking impacting aviation maintenance technician schools. Through its comments, the council pushed back on an overly-prescriptive proposal that it says would stifle an already inadequate mechanic pipeline Read more .
Aviation Coalition Supports ATEC Comments, Calls for Performance-Based Rule
Fourteen trade associations submitted joint comments to the part 147 supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking, delivering a powerful message of unity and support for technician education. Read more.
Webinars: UAS Program Development & Early Testing Exemption How-To
ATEC will host two upcoming webinars, free to members. The first will take place July 16 and will provide step-by-step instructions for requesting an FAA exemption to facilitate early testing for the general written test. The second is scheduled for Aug. 13 and will provide information on opportunities for UAS training and certifications.   Sign up .
U.S. Government Formally Recognizes AMT Day
The president responded to an aviation coalition request seeking formal recognition of May 24 as Aviation Maintenance Technician Day. The day is already officially recognized by nearly all 50 United States, Commonwealths and Territories, United States Congress, and United States Senate.   Read more .
ATEC Holds Outreach Meeting in Pittsburgh
ATEC hosted a regional outreach meeting at the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics last month. Twenty seven aviation industry professionals participated in the event.   Read more .
Welcome New Members
The following organizations joined our ranks the first half of 2019. Welcome and thank your for supporting the council through membership!
Industry News
House Addresses Workforce Funding in Appropriations Bill
The House Appropriations Committee approved $5 million in funding for aviation workforce grant programs provided for in last year's FAA Reauthorization bill. The legislation is an important step towards getting the authorized program funded. Read more .
Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association Receiving Scholarship Applications
RACCA scholarships are designed to help aspiring pilots, aircraft maintenance technicians and airline managers pursue their careers. The deadline for applications is October 15, selections are made by November 30. Read more .
FAA Releases Revised Knowledge Test Sample Questions
The FAA notified the public of changes made to the written test bank. While sample questions were revised, the agency did not make any specific subject area modifications in its latest test roll.   Read more .
Annual Conference News
Dates and Location Announced
Next year's premier aviation education event will take place at Tarrant County Community College, Trinity River Campus in downtown Fort Worth. Mark your calendars for March 29-April 1 and stay tuned for more details as the agenda is finalized.  Read more .
Book Accommodation
A room block is secured at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, within walking distance of the Tarrant County Campus . Secure the $169 USD per night group rate early, space is limited. Book online.
Participate, Share Your Research
​Submit an abstract to be considered for presentation at the conference. A breakout roundtable will provide a forum for ATEC members to share their research, encourage collaboration, and generate interest in aviation maintenance-related issues.   Learn more .
Sponsor the Event
Community contributions make the event possible, and ensures registration fees remain flat for all attendees. See the opportunities and commit your support.  Read more .
ATEC is Coming to a City Near You
​Area schools, companies, and regulators are invited to attend local outreach meetings, free to all attendees thanks to our generous hosts. The following events will facilitate discussion on council initiatives, strategic objectives, and ways ATEC can support the local aviation maintenance technician education community:

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