the economic recession and downturn in the aviation business continues,
many AMT's are asking themselves "What Now?". As the Program
Coordinator of a 14CFR147 Aviation Maintenance Technician School, I
have been getting lots of phone calls from AMT's that have been laid
off, downsized, or are just looking for a way to keep their current
Jobs are harder to find and with numerous
applicants applying for
each open position, people are looking for ways to make themselves more
marketable than the other "guy".
Since the school I
teach at has been around since the mid 1960's we have a large alumni
population. Many are calling to find out what it would take to get
their Associate degree or advice on maybe going farther and getting a
I find this easy with alumni but I also get calls
from people who have gotten their A&P from another college,
school, or through experience. This is where I run in to trouble.
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Plan for PAMA
PAMA Board of Directors met in Washington DC on October 4th to approve
a new strategic plan to better serve the aviation maintenance
Under the new plan – the first since leaving SAE –
concentrate on serving the core issues that affect AMTs and their
employers. The guiding principles for the next 5 years will be:
- Becoming a key resource of information for and
about aviation maintenance community.
- Advocating for AMTs in education, safety,
standardization and by
keeping regulators informed about how these issues effect the
- Building recognition of the value and services
that AMTs provide
- Building a positive public perception of the
aviation maintenance profession.
help promote these goals and build awareness of what PAMA provides to
the community, PAMA will be holding a series of town meetings and other
events nationwide over the coming year.
John Casker (PAMA President,
2006-2009) said he was "very optimistic" about the plans to hold these
meetings in support PAMA Chapter events and other nationwide industry
"I believe delivering the "new" PAMA in these
opportunities will reassure the membership and the industry that PAMA
certainly is the voice of the mechanic," Casker added.
A&P Certificates Required
a new regulation that went into effect last year, certified A&P
mechanics must upgrade to a new "credit card" –style plastic by 2013 or
lose their A&P privileges.
Airmen (including mechanics, ATC's, dispatchers, etc) certified under
14CFR65 are required to change from the "paper" certification to
"credit card" style by March 31, 2013.
This rule will not apply to temporary paper
certificates issued under §65.13 (see http://u.nu/6qer3),
but all others must apply for a replacement at the FAA's registry
How to Get the New Certificate
The best way to get new replacement certification
is to follow the instructions at www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates
The replacement costs $2.00, unless you still
have your SSN as your certification number.
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