ATEC News: February 2020
Mini Fly-In Pays Dividends with Legislative Visits
This month, a group of ATEC representatives visited Washington DC to "check in" with congressional representatives and push the Promoting Aviation Regulations for Technical Training (PARTT) 147 Act (S.3043/H.R.5427).

The group met with 18 congressional offices in one day, focusing on members of the aviation subcommittees. The visits came in the wake of a Feb. 11 House hearing on workforce development, a venue representatives used to highlight the need for modernized aviation training.

Thank you to those ATEC members that volunteered their time to participate in the event.
Register Now for the ATEC Conference
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With the March 29-April 2 ATEC Annual Conference rapidly approaching, it is time to register and book your hotel to ensure you can take advantage of the educational and issues-oriented opportunities that are part of the agenda .

The conference, slated for the Tarrant County Community College Trinity River Campus in Fort Worth, will include sessions on airman testing requirements, high school pathways, the growing trend toward apprenticeship programs, unmanned technology and airmen certification standards. ATEC will also deliver its report from Washington and a roundup of its activities designed to increase the workforce and modernize maintenance regulations.

Attendees will also be treated to tours of the CR Smith American Airlines Museum and an insider look at Lockheed Martin and American’s maintenance and operations center. Also available are tours of Tarrant County’s Aviation Program, Southwest Airlines, Bell Helicopter and Aviation Institute of Maintenance.
Conference News
Stay and Play
Come to "where the west begins." Get more information about our host city, and take advantage of your stay to see all Fort Worth has to offer.  Read more.
Exhibit Hall
Exhibitor space is booking up fast, only two spots remain. The hall will include newcomers Laversab, TestEquity, Airbus, and ARCS Aviation, who will join 20 other organizations, the largest group of exhibitors to date.  Reserve a table .
Join Tarrant County, Avotek, CertTec, PIA, Lockheed Martin, United, American, AAR, Airbus, ASA, AIM, Snap-on, Piedmont, AMFA, and AeroTrain as sponsors. Sponsorship not only supports the conference, but ATEC activities year-round. Commit here.
Reduced rates are available at a hotel within walking distance of our host school. Book online by March 9 to secure group rates at the  ​Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel. Book now.
Exhibitor Spotlight - Boeing
Engaging with the part 147 community is one of the most important reasons why Boeing is such an avid supporter of ATEC, said Maintenance Ab Initio Programs Lead Patrick M. Walker, who is looking forward to this year’s conference in Fort Worth March 29-April 2. Read more .
Sponsor Spotlight - United
With a team of more than 12,000 professionals, United Airline Technical Operations is a staunch supporter of the council and considers it one of its more valuable partners, according to Senior Manager Tech Operations Matt Fortin. Read More .
Employer Link Spotlight - AAR
AAR, an independent provider of aviation services to commercial and government customers around the world needs to fill more than 150 positions throughout its 60-location MRO network and sees ATEC and its annual conference as a great way to do it. Read More .
Choose Aerospace
Choose Aerospace, Inc. is a new charitable organization that will implement awareness campaign initiatives and build a new scholarship program.

So far, the aviation community has committed more than $35,000 in scholarships and awards, to the benefit of students, schools, and instructors.

The scholarship program will open applications this summer. Click below to see what will be offered, and to make a contribution.
Scholarships and Deadlines
Welcome New Members!
ATEC in the News
ATEC Members Tell Congress to Push New Part 147 Regs, Increase Education Funding
ATEC members testified before the recent House Aviation Subcommittee hearing on maintenance industry workforce shortages driving home the need for new regulations updating aviation maintenance training now before the FAA and Congress. Witnesses, including Aviation High School Principal Steven Jackson and Vaughn College Aeronautics and Technology President Sharon DeVivo, urged legislators to provide more educational funding, lower the age for on-airport work to provide high schoolers to opportunity to gain real world experience. ATEC also provided a written statement for the record. Read More.
Analysis: GAO Report on Maintenance Workforce Falls Short
ATEC provided industry analysis of the recent General Accountability Office Report Additional Coordination and Data Could Advance FAA Efforts to Promote a Robust, Diverse Workforce which recommended better coordination of workforce data between government agencies and concluded there was no workforce shortage. ATEC noted, however, using available government statistics alone did not tell the whole story and pointed to the soon-to-be released Pipeline Report which provides another look at the workforce shortage. Read more .
Aviation Education Demands Better, Presents Regulatory Solution to Modernize Maintenance Training
ATEC’s Crystal Maguire discusses Promoting Aviation Regulations for Technical Training (PARTT) 147 Act ( S.3043 / H.R.5427 ) — requiring the use of ACS as the basis for curriculum development, which would ensure that testing and training are always correlated and in line with industry needs. Read More .
Job Board
Through a partnership with, ATEC provides maintenance career opportunities through its online job board. Members receive 20% off job postings at, and member schools receive, annually, a free job ad to promote open instructor positions.
Find open positions and learn more here.
Career Fair
ATEC is holding its popular career fair during its annual conference on March 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free for students (and includes lunch!), but requires registration by March 3, 2020. Students participants are required to attend a live webinar scheduled for next Tuesday at 1 PM CT, to obtain exclusive information on employers, job interviewing coaching, and resume building. Read more .
Designated Mechanic Examiner Recurrent Training
The FAA will hold DME recurrent training in conjunction with the annual conference. Separate registration for the April 2 event is required. Enroll here. .
ATEC Journal Call for Papers - Due May 1
The peer-reviewed publication provides an opportunity for educators, administrators, students, and industry personnel to share teaching techniques and research. Authors are encouraged to submit their articles for publication consideration, whether scholarly, research, application, or industry opinion. Accepted papers will also be considered for webinar presentation and inclusion in the 2021 annual conference.  Read more .
Industry News
New Course from Avotek
Avotek offers new online course – The Principal of Sound providing some of the base knowledge to help aviation maintenance technicians understand how sound is created, how it is propagated, and the effects it can have on aircraft and personnel. Read more .
Aviation Maintenance Aircraft Need Home
The Aviation Technology Program with Pierpont Community and Technical College at Bridgeport, WV, has two airframes – a Beech Baron and Cessna 310 available. Read more .
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