Eight StandardAero aircraft paint technicians have completed the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University/Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) program in aircraft painting. The six-week program confers a license in Aerospace Coatings Application (ACA) to those paint technicians who complete the course and pass an examination administered by an SSPC proctor.
StandardAero is the first MRO to implement the ACA program into its paint operations.
The ACA program, a joint venture developed by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide’s Office of Professional Education and the SSPC, was developed to verify the knowledge, skills and abilities of aircraft-specific paint technicians throughout the aerospace industry. The first of its kind, the ACA initiative confers a certification and license to an industry standard for aircraft paint quality, with an emphasis placed on safety-of-flight concerns. It teaches core knowledge and promotes a common language regarding the aircraft coatings process.
StandardAero’s goal is to have all its paint technicians ACA certified within the next 12 months. Additionally, every technician in the company’s business aviation sector is a licensed A&P mechanic.