ATEC News: May 2019
FAA Publishes Part 147 Supplemental Rule
Last month, the agency published the long-awaited supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) for Title 14 CFR part 147, the regulation governing aviation maintenance technician schools.

The proposal "supplements" the agency's 2015 notice of proposed rulemaking, which recommended removal of static curriculum requirements and allowance for a credit-hour system. ATEC and others called for more flexibility that would allow for competency-based programs and expansion of curriculum into high schools. The SNPRM makes additional proposals to address those concerns.

While the community applauds the agency for offering a solution, elements in its proposal miss the mark. The SNPRM layers in a complicated web of requirements and approvals for competency-based programs and satellite locations, many of which duplicate accreditation mandates.

In its comments to the SNPRM, the council will reiterate its plea for FAA deference in all matters concerning the quality of education, an element that falls squarely in the Dept. of Education's purview. It will ask that the agency focus its oversight on items specific to a certificated A&P program, such as facility, equipment, and material requirements, unique instructor qualifications, and assessment based on student performance of the mechanic test.
It is ATEC's position that accredited higher institutions of learning not be subject to duplicative and sometimes contradictory government requirements. The Dept. of Ed and its accrediting bodies are the education experts, and work in partnership with our schools to ensure educational outcomes are achieved. The council's comments to the SNPRM will be grounded in that theme, and offer alternative language that gives our schools more flexibility, and puts less burden on our stewards of aviation safety.

ATEC's docket submission will be available to the community in advance of the comment period deadline, so that stakeholders can align with the council's stance in their own comments, if they so choose.

For a full analysis, read an article that ran in the latest edition of Aviation Week's Inside MRO, Proposed Regulation Raises Questions About FAA’s Role In Education .

To brief the community on the particulars, and assist schools and companies with their own comments (due June 17), the council is holding an online webinar on May 30. The online event is free to government employees and ATEC members.
Washington Fly-In: Registration Open
See the Agenda and Register
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.
The event is not possible without subsidies contributed through partner sponsorship. See the opportunities on the bottom of the registration form , or email ATEC for more info.
Book Accommodation
​Discounted rooms are available at the Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street for $169/night through Aug. 12.  Reservations.
ATEC objects to legislation that would stifle aviation mechanic workforce pipeline
In a letter to congressional leaders, ATEC voiced its opposition to The Protect Students Act of 2019 (S.867). The bill would severely limit proprietary aviation maintenance technician schools from serving students and veterans, and potentially cut the student mechanic pipeline by as much as 25% Read more .
Coalition Recommends Changes to FAA Maintenance Profession Advisory Circular
A coalition of aviation industry associations jointly submitted comments to the FAA’s Draft Advisory Circular (AC) 65-30B, “Overview of the Aviation Maintenance Profession.” While the agency deliberates industry comment, schools are encouraged to download the community's work product to help illustrate the career paths available to would-be aviators. Read more.
FAA Provides Update on Workforce Grant Program Implementation
The FAA responded to a letter sent by a coalition of aviation organizations, including ATEC, regarding funding for the new aviation workforce development grant programs created by last year’s FAA reauthorization law. They agency indicates there are no plans to begin implementation before 2021.   Read more .
Annual Conference Committee Announces 2020 Dates
Last week, a group of ATEC representatives descended on Fort Worth to finalize details for next year's annual conference. Mark your calendars for March 29-April 1, and stay tuned for more information.   Read more .
NC3 Training in Wichita
NC3 is hosting its 3rd annual Aviation Training at WSU Tech June 10-14. This will be the only opportunity this year to get certified in Structural Sheet Metal Assembly and Precision Electrical Termination.   Read more .
Member Resources
Instructor Job Board
The resource provides a platform for member schools to advertise job openings for instructors and administrative personnel. See what's new or submit an opportunity.  Read more .
ATEC Webinar Channel
Industry representatives recently presented a webinar on new developments in avionics certifications. Miss it? All webinars are available on demand for free to members. Use the ATEC members-only password to gain access.  Read more.
Career Fair Calendar
​The online event repository is a resource for schools to get the word out about career fairs. Recruitment opportunities are upcoming at Southern Illinois University, Fox Valley Technical College, National Aviation Academy, and Aviation High School .   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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