Recurrent Maintenance

Recurrent Maintenance Training Badly needed, often neglected By Stephen P. Prentice July 2000 Stephen P. Prentice is an attorney whose practice involves FAA-NTSB issues. He has an Airframe and Powerplant certificate and is an ATP...


When you attend a factory school, you should keep a detailed listing (curriculum) of the subject matter taught, the hours in attendance, and any diploma issued.

New equipment

What do you do when the company gets a new aircraft or the maintenance facility is faced with working on a new (to the shop) aircraft? Does the company send some of the technicians to initial training on the aircraft?

Certainly, it would be prudent and in my opinion required by the FAR, that new equipment demands new training. If the company was to look closely at their overall insurance requirements, they may well find this spelled out someplace.

Air carriers

Part 121 and 135 air carriers are, as previously stated, required by FARs to provide initial and recurrent maintenance training. Likewise, where a repair facility does the work for an air carrier, the technicians must have initial (indoc) and recurrent training in accord with the air carrier's general operations manual and general maintenance manual. (Part 135 operators may not have a maintenance manual.) The form of the training can be varied and comprehensive - from in-house or on the job training, formal classroom training, or vendor-supplied training programs (i.e FlightSafety, SimuFlite etc.).

The proposed PART 145

As we all should know by now, there is published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) dealing with FAR 145 repair stations.

A key change noted in the new proposed regulation is the addition of an enhanced training requirement that would include an FAA- approved training manual and program.

Proposed FAR 145.159 training requirements

(a) Each certificated repair station must have an employee training program that consists of initial and recurrent training and is approved by the Administrator.

(b) The training program must ensure that each employee assigned to perform maintenance, preventive maintenance, or alterations, and each employee assigned to perform inspection functions is capable of performing the assigned task.

(c) Each certificated repair station must document, in a form acceptable to the Administrator, programs pertaining to individual employee training. Individual training records for those employees who require training under the requirements of (b) must be retained for the duration of each individual's employment.

The proposed changes to Part 145 will clearly enhance aviation safety by ensuring that each employee who works for the station is capable of doing the work and would furthermore insure the same level of training required under Part 121 and Part 135.

Stay tuned to see if the proposed regulation becomes law.

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