AMTSociety Update

March 20, 2015

2015 ATEC Annual Conference

The Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) will hold its annual conference in Orlando Florida on April 11-14, 2015. The conference promises four days of presentations and events, and provides attendees an opportunity to network with maintenance instructors, and administrators from part 147 schools around the country, as well as industry organizations supporting aircraft maintenance schools.

A full agenda of professional development sessions on a variety of topics beginning on Saturday April 11th will continue through the last day of the conference. You’ll hear technical topics such as incorporation of diesel engine training into your schools current curriculum, to an FAA presentation on preparing students for voluntary reporting and Safety Management Systems.

The Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) was founded in 1961 to further the standing of FAA approved schools with education and industry, and to promote mutually beneficial relations with all industry and government agencies. The Council's mission is to advocate for aviation maintenance schools in the areas of curriculum improvement, technical and financial support, while promoting mutually beneficial relations with related government and industry groups.

If you are interested in learning more about ATEC or to review the agenda and register for the 2015 ATEC Annual Conference visit Aviation Technician Education Council’s website.

New Report Looks at Technical Workforce Shortage Facing the Aviation Industry

The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) and the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) recently released a report titled, “Policy Solutions for a Stronger Technical Workforce.”  This 72 page comprehensive study was authored by researchers at the College of William and Mary’s Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducted a national study a couple years ago of the aviation workforce issue and determined there was little evidence of a worker shortage. The new report used much of the same data as did the GAO and determined part of the problem with getting a clear picture of the situation was the inconsistent and inaccurate data.

Yet a couple interesting points were concluded. A growing technical workforce demand, coupled with the transferability of maintenance and electronic skills sets, has led to heightened competition among industries for the growing number of student graduates. And, despite a rise in student completion rates, a larger share of the existing workforce is retiring, thus the replacement rate is insufficient to meet employment demand. To access the report visit

2015 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference in Hurst Texas

The Federal Aviation Administration’s Rotorcraft Directorate will host the 2015 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference April 21-23, 2015, at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas, a Fort Worth suburb. The conference will feature presentations, exhibits, break-out sessions and speeches from major people in the helicopter community. The purpose of the conference is to reduce the national helicopter accident rate, particularly in the personal/private, instructional/training, and aerial application industries. The audience is expected to be diverse with pilots, mechanics, small company owners, industry executives, operators and government regulators from the United States and abroad.

As part of this conference, a job fair is planned so if you have positions that you would like to fill, the conference can offer you an opportunity at no cost to you or your company. Tables and chairs will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Eugene Trainor at 817-222-5123, [email protected], or at the FAA Rotorcraft Directorate, 2601 Meacham Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76137. You can register and find details about the FAA conference at

About the Author

Ronald Donner | Aviation Consultant | AMT

Ronald (Ron) Donner has spent his entire life devoted to aviation and he holds FAA certificates as an A&P/IA, and a Commercial Pilot with Single and Multi Engine Land, Instrument Airplane and Glider ratings. Ron has worked in a variety of maintenance related roles, both technical and management in general aviation as well as with a major airline. Ron was the recipient of the 2012 National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Aviation Journalism award.  

Contact: Ron Donner

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