Aviation Maintenance: You Can’t Fly Without It
Aviation maintenance work is performed by individuals as well as air carriers and repair stations. While owners and operators are ultimately responsible, maintenance (as well as design and fabrication work) is often contracted to individuals and repair stations certificated (i.e., licensed) by the Federal Aviation Administration (and other aviation authorities).
To get a certificate – in any country – operators and maintenance providers must meet strict requirements defined in national aviation regulations. In order to keep it, they are subject to periodic inspections and audits by regulators, customers, external quality organizations not to mention their own quality assurance departments.
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The FAA’s Guidebook to Aviation Maintenance
As the American federal agency responsible for overseeing the business of aviation in the United States, the FAA has a strong interest in the health of the industry’s workforce. As a tool for individuals considering a career in maintenance, the agency produced an advisory circular (AC) – the kind of document typically used to offer regulated entities methods for rule compliance – called “Overview of the Aviation Maintenance Profession.” The purpose of AC 65-30, as it is identified, is to describe the work of aircraft mechanics in a way that attracts the next generation of aviation maintenance professionals.
While noble in spirit, the AC is a technically-written document, not a moving call to action for potential technicians. The agency is currently in the process of updating it, though, and a team of industry trade associations have jointly submitted a suggested rewrite.
To review that document, and for more background on the issue, visit the website of the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) – one of the two associations to submit the suggested updates – by clicking here.