The most recent FAA FAASTeam Maintenance Safety Tip conveys the FAA’s growing concern about fatigue, in this case technician fatigue. The issue has long been associated with pilots but rarely with technicians.
Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Finally, after several years of friction between organizations competing to represent aircraft technicians, the key players seem to have put the past behind them. In a recent meeting, representatives of the AMTSociety, the NBAA Maintenance Committee and the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) agreed to work cooperatively in the future.
I never wanted to be an aircraft mechanic. That’s probably a good thing, because I would never fly in anything I worked on.
Dallas-based AAT Aircraft Maintenance has been certified as an FAA-approved Part 145 repair station. The certification allows the MRO to perform light to heavy maintenance and major repairs and modifications on the Gulfstream II/IIB/II-SP/III/IV and Hawker 700/800/800XP. "Certification allows us to serve aircraft owners and operators throughout the region," said Brian Allen, one of three partners of AAT.
Bill Hardy, an A&P mechanic with Greensboro, N.C.-based Timco Aviation Services, was chosen to receive the FAA’s Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award, presented to people who have more than 50 years of service in the aircraft maintenance industry. Recipients must also have a minimum of 30 years as an FAA-certified mechanic. n
The FAA has issued a Notice of Proposed Policy intended to clarify the definition of “actively engaged” for purposes of issuing and renewing the A&P Inspection Authorization. The proposal, which was published in the Federal Register on Nov. 5, 2010, would amend the aviation safety inspector guidance found in the Flight Standards Information Management System, FAA Order 8900.1.
“The general aviation industry has been hit hard for the past two years, resulting in massive downsizing in many areas. At Cessna, we are concerned this may draw attention from the need to replenish the work force,” Brad Thress, senior v-p of customer service for Cessna Aircraft, told AIN.
The FAA has extended the date for responses from December 6 to January 17 on its recent Notice of Proposed Policy regarding IA renewal clarification.
The FAA has issued a proposed policy change that would clarify the definition of the words “actively engaged” as it relates to application for and renewal of the Inspection Authorization (IA) certificate. Airframe and powerplant mechanics (A&Ps) can qualify to take the IA test if they have held the mechanic certificate for at least three years and have been “actively engaged” as a mechanic for the previous two years.
The FAA has issued a proposed policy change that would clarify the definition of the words "actively engaged" as they relate to application for and renewal of the Inspection Authorization (IA) certificate. Airframe and powerplant mechanics (A&Ps) can qualify to take the IA test if they have held their mechanic certificate for at least three years and have been "actively engaged" as a mechanic for the previous two.