An aircraft mechanic has an undoubtedly important job, as working on aircraft engines and performing inspections properly is important to making sure the craft remains safe. With the ever changing nature of technology today, even in the field of aviation, this may require aircraft mechanics to pursue continued education in order to stay on top of the up and coming technologies in their field. Having a formal education on these new technologies is the best way to get acquainted with, as well as master, each and every component of the latest engine or the newest inspection method, and this will allow today’s professionals to stay in the know when it comes to the changes in their field. Continue reading The Importance Of Continued Education For Aircraft Mechanics
For anyone considering a career as an aircraft mechanic, it is important to know what licenses are available and what the requirements are for becoming an aircraft mechanic. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has strict regulations for obtaining such licenses.
Basic Aircraft Mechanic Requirements
There are several basic requirements that must be met to become an aircraft mechanic. Candidates must be 18 years old and able to read, write and speak English. Before applying for an aircraft mechanic license, candidates must have 18 months of practical experience with power plants or airframes, or 30 months of practical experience working on both at the same time. Graduation from an FAA approved Aviation Maintenance Technician School meets the experience requirement as well. Non-U.S. citizens must demonstrate a need for the license, have a valid passport, and provide a detailed statement from their employer specifying the type of maintenance the candidate will provide. In addition, the candidate must provide a letter from a foreign airworthiness authority in the country where the experience was obtained, or from an adviser of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) validating that the candidate meets the experience requirement. The English language requirement can be waived if the candidate lives outside the United States, but the license would be stamped as “Valid only outside the U.S.”
To become an aircraft mechanic, candidates must pass three tests—oral, written and practical—and there is a fee for each exam. A Designated Mechanic Examiner administers the oral and practical tests, and a list of examiners is available from the local FAA office. Those tests cover 43 technical subjects, and the tests for one certificate (either airframe or power plant) take as long as eight hours to complete. In order to qualify for the written test, proof of experience must be provided to an FAA inspector at the local office. Once the FAA inspector qualifies an individual to take the airframe, power plant or the general test covering both, the candidate makes an appointment at the nearest computer testing facility. Candidates must pass all tests within a 24-month period before a certificate is issued, and they must wait 30 days to retake a failed test—unless they provide proof of additional training in the areas they failed.
For those who do not have an aircraft mechanic certificate, all aviation-related work must be performed under the supervision of someone who does hold a valid certificate. Without a certificate, mechanics cannot approve aircraft, airframes, aircraft engines, propellers, appliances, or component parts for return to service. There is also little chance for advancement in the aircraft mechanic field.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has specific requirements for what is required to be carried in an airplane emergency kit. Aircraft aviation schools stress those requirements to be sure that pilots are aware of what is necessary in an airplane emergency kit. However, there are additional items that are not required by the FAA but would be beneficial to include in the emergency kit.
All planes are required to carry adhesive bandages, antiseptic swabs, ammonia inhalants, bandage compresses, triangular bandage compresses, non-inflatable arm and leg cuffs, roller bandages and adhesive tape. In addition, aircraft maintenance schools suggest that planes carry a sphygmomanometer, stethoscope, oropharyngeal airways, syringes, needles, 50 percent dextrose injections, 11000 single dose epinephrine, single dose diphenhydramine HCI injections, nitroglycerin tablets and protective latex gloves. Aircraft aviation schools teach that these items are intended to provide minor first aid treatment for most in-air medical emergencies that may occur, such as allergic reactions, heart attacks and minor cuts or abrasions.
In the event your plane should have to crash-land in a remote area, there are items that should be included in the emergency kit that is beyond the scope of what is taught by aircraft aviation schools. These include fishing nets, mess kits, knives, sewing kits, pocket-sized tissues, solid fuel, water purification tablets, as well as garbage bags, waterproof matches and a flare. All of these items should be included in small commuter airplanes.
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