The regulation that governs operation and curriculum of aviation maintenance technician schools has not seen any substantial change since 1962. On Oct. 2, the Federal Register published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) soliciting public feedback on an amendment to 14 CFR Part 147, the regulation that governs operation and curriculum of aviation maintenance technician schools. Part 147 has not had any substantial change since 1962, yet both aircraft technology as well as teaching and learning processes have change drastically.
The deadline to submit comments has been extended to February 1, 2016..
Most of us would agree a change to Part 147 is very much overdue. According to the FAA, amendments are needed because the existing curriculums are outdated, do not meet current industry needs, and can be changed only through notice and comment rulemaking. In the NPRM the FAA states the proposed amendments would modernize and reorganize the required curriculum subjects in the appendices of the current regulations. They would also remove the course content items currently located in the appendices and require that they be placed in each school’s operations specifications so they could more easily be amended when necessary.
Everyone is encouraged to review the proposal and provide meaningful comments. Visit
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/10/02/2015-24841/aviation-maintenance-technician-schools and click on the green button that says “Submit A Formal Comment.”