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Licensed to Learn
I

t's been a year since our last education issue,
Whether you are new to aviation maintenance
which means another class of graduates are
or currently in the field, you're already licensed
ready for the real world and another class
to learn. If you have Googled avionics training in
of incoming freshman are ready for their world
the last year, you found the AEA at the top of the
to get real (see scholarship winners on page 58).
search results as the place to turn for continuing
In this last year, the workforce statistics haven't
education. We have expanded our hands-on
changed much; there are still more jobs than
immersive training in wiring, installation and
available workers, and unemployment is
integration practices, test equipment
hovering at all-time lows. Demand for
usage, troubleshooting, digital databus,
skilled workers in science, technology,
pitot-static and transponder certification
engineering and math industries is high
at our world-class training facility near
and projected to increase. Avionics fits
Kansas City. More than 1,500 technicians
all these STEM categories, and every
have taken AEA classes since we opened
shop has felt the effects of competition
our doors 11 years ago. And when
for technical talent.
we aren't conducting classes in Lee's
Mike Adamson
With problems come opportunities,
Summit, Missouri, we are likely at one of
and in the last year, the Aircraft
our regional AEA Connect Conferences
Electronics Association and our industry
educating members on the latest regulatory
partners have worked multiple angles to attack
activities, product technical information,
the issue. We petitioned the Federal Aviation
certification, installation and troubleshooting
Administration to recognize ASTM's NCATT
issues. This training typically satisfies
Aircraft Electronics Technician certification
OEM dealer agreements as well as the FAA
as a formal education option for becoming a
requirements for initial or recurrent training.
repairman. In December 2018, the AEA received
For the next generation of new graduates,
the FAA's acknowledgement and created a new
career changers or those transitioning from
path to recruit and retain talent. It's equally
the military, we are working on a solution to
significant that it created the first tie between
speed their avionics aptitude and ability to
an industry consensus standard for avionics
contribute more immediately to AEA member
technicians and an FAA certificate. I encourage
repair stations. We are nearing completion
you to join more than 2,500 certified AETs and
of our avionics apprentice program, which is
learn more about becoming a repairman at
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aea.net/AET.

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