Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
Notice of new task assignment for the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC).
The FAA assigned the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee a new task to: Review and recommend revisions to certain requirements for operation of aviation maintenance technician schools. This notice is to inform the public of this ARAC activity.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ferrin Moore, Aircraft Maintenance Division, AFS-301, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267-3809, e-mail email@example.com.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:Start Printed Page 32391
The FAA established the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee to provide advice and recommendations to the FAA Administrator on the FAA's rulemaking activities with respect to aviation-related issues. This includes obtaining advice and recommendations on 14 CFR Part 147—Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools.
In order to develop such advice and recommendations, the ARAC may choose to establish working groups to which specific tasks are assigned. Such working groups are comprised of experts from those organizations having an interest in the assigned tasks. A working group member need not be representative of the full committee. The Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools Curriculum and Operating Requirements Working Group is a new working group that is being established by the ARAC.
A review of General Accounting Office Report GAO-03-317, dated March 2003, indicates a need to update the curriculum requirements for aviation mechanics. Currently, FAA certificated Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools must offer a curriculum that addresses each of the subject areas described in 14 CFR, Part 147, Appendices B, C, and D. Each subject area must be taught to the level prescribed, and as defined in 14 CFR, Part 147, Appendix A. In addition, § 147.21(b) of Part 147 mandates the number of teaching hours devoted to each group of subject areas (General, Airframe, and Powerplant). These hours are: General—400, Airframe—750, Powerplant—750. A total of 1,900 hours is needed for a combined Airframe and Powerplant curriculum. In addition, the FAA has issued exemptions to aviation maintenance technician schools enabling the schools to substitute experience required in § 65.77 for subject hours. Section 65.75(a) prescribes, in pertinent part, that applicants must pass a written test after meeting the experience requirements of § 65. 77. Section 65.77 also requires applicants to complete training and present an appropriate graduation certificate or certificate of completion from a certificated aviation maintenance technician school before being eligible to take the written test for a certificate or rating.
(1) The working group is tasked to evaluate §§ 147.21 and 147.31 and appendices A through D of 14 CFR Part 147, and make recommendations to ARAC that would enable the AMT schools to meet the needs of their clientele more effectively. The working group is tasked to recommend revisions to 14 CFR Part 147 to contain some basic, consistent, requirements. The objective is to provide an easier means to keep current training curricula, training criteria, and hours of training, while remaining within the minimum requirements outlined in §§ 147.21 and 147.31, and appendices A through D of 14 CFR Part 147.
As part of its task, the working group will review available information about general curriculum requirements and specific operating rules for attendance and enrollment, tests, and credit for prior instruction or experience that could be applicable to meeting the requirements of §§ 147.21 and 147.31 and appendices A through D of 14 CFR Part 147.
(2) In addition, the working group is tasked to evaluate and incorporate, as appropriate, revisions granted by exemption to §§ 65.75(a) and 65.77 of 14 CFR Part 65. The working group should consider the appropriateness of modifying § 65.75(a) to allow students enrolled in Part 147 Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools to take the Aviation Mechanic written tests after completing the corresponding portion of the curriculum, but before meeting the experience requirements of § 65.77. Section 65.77 prescribes, in pertinent part, that each applicant for a mechanic certificate or rating must present either an appropriate graduation certificate or a certificate of completion from a certificated aviation maintenance technician school or documented evidence, satisfactory to the Administrator before certification. The FAA has issued grants of exemption to allow students to take equivalency tests for the aviation maintenance airframe and aviation maintenance powerplant ratings certification. The FAA agreed with the petitioners that testing immediately after completing a course is academically sound. ARAC will make recommendations to the FAA, as appropriate, for revising these requirements and associated guidance material.
Schedule: Required completion is no later than 9 months after the first working group meeting or June 30, 2008, whichever occurs first.
ARAC Acceptance of Task
ARAC accepted the task and assigned the task to the Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools Curriculum and Operating Requirements Working Group, which is being formed and will be managed by the Executive Committee of ARAC. The working group serves as staff to ARAC and assists in the analysis of assigned tasks. ARAC must review and approve the working group's recommendations. If ARAC accepts the working group's recommendations, it will forward them to the FAA. The FAA will submit the recommendations it receives to the agency's Rulemaking Management Council to address the availability of resources and priority within its rulemaking program.
Working Group Activity
The Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools Curriculum and Operating Requirements Working Group must comply with the procedures adopted by ARAC. As part of the procedures, the working group must:
1. Recommend a work plan for completion of the task, including the rationale supporting such a plan for consideration at the next Executive Committee meeting of ARAC held following publication of this notice.
2. Give a detailed conceptual presentation of the proposed recommendations before proceeding with the work stated in item 3 below.
3. If proposed rule changes are recommended, provide supporting economic and other required analyses. If new or revised requirements or compliance methods are not recommended, a draft report stating the rationale for not making such recommendations; and
4. Provide a status report at each Executive Committee meeting of the ARAC.
Participation in the Working Group
The Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools Curriculum and Operating Requirements Working Group will be composed of technical experts having an interest in the assigned task. A working group member need not be a representative or a member of the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee. Membership of the working group will have broad experience in developing curriculum and operating requirements for maintenance technician schools. The working group may organize, oversee, guide and monitor activities and progress of subject matter experts as needed to accomplish the task assigned. The working group chair and the FAA representative will select the membership for the working group, with concurrence of the Executive Committee of ARAC and the FAA. Subject matter experts will address individual issues and will be invited to present their views and positions for consideration by the working group. This allows for an optimum working group size with Start Printed Page 32392appropriate representation to achieve informed consensus and foster successful completion of the task. This may also allow the participation of a large number of cross-functional subject matter experts. The working group members should have the appropriate subject matter knowledge, broad maintenance curriculum development experience and responsibility within their organization and authority to represent their respective part of the aviation community.
If you have expertise in the subject matter and wish to become a member of the working group, write to the person listed under the caption FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT expressing that desire. Describe your interest in the task and state the expertise you would bring to the working group. We must receive all requests by July 17, 2007. The Executive Committee and the FAA will review the requests and advise you whether or not your request is approved.
If you are chosen for membership on the working group, you must represent your aviation community segment and actively participate in the working group by attending all meetings, and providing written comments when requested to do so. You must devote the resources necessary to support the working group in meeting any assigned deadlines. You must keep your management chain and those you may represent advised of working group activities and decisions to ensure that the proposed technical solutions don't conflict with your sponsoring organization's position when the subject is presented to the Executive Committee for approval. Once the working group has begun deliberations, members will not be added or substituted without the approval of the Executive Committee, FAA and the working group chair.
The Secretary of Transportation determined that the formation and use of the ARAC is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed on the FAA by law.
Meetings of the Executive Committee of ARAC are open to the public. Meetings of the Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools Curriculum and Operating Requirements Working Group will not be open to the public, except to the extent individuals with an interest and expertise are selected to participate. The FAA will make no public announcement of working group meetings.Start Signature
Issued in Washington, DC, on June 1, 2007.
Executive Director, Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee.
[FR Doc. E7-11260 Filed 6-11-07; 8:45 am]
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