ATEC News: March 2020
ATEC Conference: A Go in September
ATEC notified members earlier this month of the postponement of its Annual Conference. The new fall dates have been confirmed, the annual event will now take place September 13-16 in Fort Worth.

The move means cancellation of the Washington Fly-In, previously scheduled for that same week. While the Fly-In cancellation is disappointing it doesn’t mean you can’t use ATEC’s resources to continue to communicate our needs to congressional leaders. This has become even more important as Coronavirus relief measures make their way across Capitol Hill.

All those registered for the conference as of March 9 remain on the registration list . For those that are not able to attend the fall event, contact Tarra Ruttman at to cancel and arrange a full refund or credit to your organization’s account to apply to future event registration. Answers to other commonly-asked questions are available here .

ATEC is working on the new hotel block and will let the community know when the reservation link is available. If you did not receive a cancellation notice from the hotel contact the Marriott here . While we don’t anticipate any changes to the agenda, any modification required as we coordinate re-bookings with conference vendors and partners will be reflected on the online agenda as they are available.

Separately , the 2021 event will proceed as scheduled. We are grateful to United Airlines and its Flight Training Center for hosting next year's Annual Conference in Denver. Mark your calendar for March 28-31, 2021!
Resources for Going Online
Webinar: Going Online for Part 147
With massive school closures, part 147 institutions must find innovative ways to serve their students. Get a brief on the FAA distance learning approval process, best practices from other schools that are getting online platforms up and running, and information on online resources available for programs that decide to go online . Register now.
FAA Memorandum Provides Relief for Distance Learning Approval
FAA has issued a memorandum to local offices providing guidance on processing deviations to part 147 course content delivery. The memo directs FAA personnel to authorize temporary delivery of content through distance learning. To ease the transition, ATEC has its Distance Learning Template available, free to all member schools. Read more
Recurrent DME Training to Go Online
The FAA's Designee Standardization Branch has moved recurrent DME training to a virtual format as the result of Covid-19. Those who registered for the recurrent training scheduled for April 2 in Fort Worth will have access to the virtual training once it is available. Read more.
Online Learning Guide
For a little over a year, ATEC volunteers have maintained an online Best Practices Guide for part 147 instructors to use when developing hybrid classes; classes that deliver content and host activities both online and face-to-face. The resource is beneficial to any instructor considering taking their class online. Read more.
Industry News
Tech Offers Resources for Moving Instruction Online
The tech industry launched a new site to help educators, administrators and public officials struggling with the disruption of the school year from the Coronavirus.   i s a searchable online database of education technology tools that facilitate online classrooms and teaching, allowing educators to search for free and discounted tools and services by grade level, product type, and subject matter. Read more.
Despite Rosy Market Outlook, Workforce Challenges Will Persist
Global crises do not change the fact this industry is facing a critical workforce shortage, said ARSA as it announced its 2020 Global Fleet & Market Economic Assessment published earlier this month. The latest fleet and MRO market assessment noted the global maintenance industry total economic impact is near $100 million this year and will grow by 2030 to $130 million. Read more.
WAI Partners with ERAU to Create Free MOOC for Girls
Women in Aviation International and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University have created a new, self-paced Massive Open Online Course tailored to students ages 8-17. In the course students explore aviation terminology, identify the major parts of an airplane, describe the flight characteristics of a helicopter, and discuss the goals of space exploration. There are also engaging activities that take these topics to the next level.  Read more
Hail Rosie!
The image of Rosie the Riveter has been an inspiration to generations of women as they have forged their place in the workforce. Today, that image is more important than ever as the industry works to diversify the aviation/aerospace workforce. So, it is no surprise that the death of Rosalind P. Walter, at 95 earned top covered in The New York Times .
Auction of A&P School Assets Set for Spring
The assets of the Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute will be sold at public auction after the school closed its doors in 2019. On auction is curriculum, equipment, tooling, supplies, and multiple aircraft. Read more
AvWeek Launches Mechanic Survey
Aviation Week and Merrill Lynch are conducting a survey to assess the mechanic shortage and is seeking employer input. The survey is available here.
ERAU Offers Transitioning Military Initiative
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide is offering a new workforce development initiative that connects transitioning U.S. military personnel, veterans, and military spouses to committed aerospace industry hiring partners. Read more
Scholarships and Deadlines
Fin Opportunities on the ATEC 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.
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 .
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