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Industry representatives say an FAA overview should encompass all career opportunities available in aviation maintenance.

Casting A Wider Net for Would-Be MRO Technicians

Revised language to proposed FAA guidance seeks to better illustrate the breadth of career opportunities in aviation maintenance.

Printed headline: Meet Opportunity

An aviation coalition—led by the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA)—submitted joint comments to a proposed revision to the 17-year-old FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 65-30, Overview of the Aviation Maintenance Profession. The group contends that the agency’s draft is too narrow and offers a rewrite that it says better describes the breadth of career opportunities in aviation maintenance.

The proposal follows a previous iteration published in 2014. ARSA and the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) jointly commented on that initial rewrite, though few of their recommendations were adopted in the second draft. Undeterred, the group expanded to include a broader coalition of aviation interests and submitted a revised version that it says “combin[es] the best aspects of each prior effort with intelligence gained from years working with industry members and policy makers on workforce development issues.”

ARSA Vice President of Operations Brett Levanto, principal author of the document, says the proposed rewrite is more inclusive in its approach. “A true overview of the aviation maintenance profession does not begin and end with an [airframe and powerplant] mechanic certificate,” Levanto writes in the submission’s cover letter. “[The rewrite] provides a comprehensive overview of the aviation maintenance profession, rather than a walk-through of the eligibility for and privileges of [a mechanic certificate].”

The rewrite lays out five pathways the groups says better define opportunities for all aviation maintenance personnel including noncertificated professionals, certificated repairmen, certificated mechanics, mechanics holding inspection authorization and transitioning military personnel. It adds a comprehensive appendix containing descriptions and links to scholarship programs, industry associations and media outlets. The group also suggests referencing the existing list of Military Occupational Specialty Codes in inspector guidance and removing the duplicative listing from the AC.

An extended comment period to provide feedback on the AC ended on May 6.

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