Aviation Coalition Comes Together in Support of Maintenance Education

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.

The coalition echoed comments previously submitted by ATEC, asking the agency to reconsider prescriptive terms, and pushing for an outcomes-based approach to regulatory oversight. The group reiterated the need for a simplified approach to dual enrollment programs and deference to Department of Education requirements for matters concerning the quality of education.

"Fixing 147 is an industry imperative," the letter said. "Handicapping our schools burdens both graduates and employers. Give us the flexible and dynamic rule needed to ensure we can educate the future workforce by the best means necessary."

In addition to ATEC, the following organizations signed the letter:

  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
  • Aeronautical Repair Station Association
  • Aerospace Maintenance Council
  • Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association
  • Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association
  • Airlines for America®
  • Cargo Airline Association
  • International Air Transport Association
  • National Air Carrier Association
  • National Air Transportation Association
  • National Business Aviation Association
  • Professional Aviation Maintenance Association
  • Regional Airline Association

Read the joint comments here: www.regulations.gov/document?D=FAA-2015-3901-0132.

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