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Aviation industry urges inclusion of
the PARTT 147 Act in the Aircraft
Certification Reform Act
The Aircraft Electronics Association recently joined
more than 20 aviation groups urging congressional
leaders to support the Promoting Aviation Regulations for
Technical Training (PARTT) 147 Act (S.3043/H.R.5427).
The bill would mandate Federal Aviation Administration
regulatory reform of aviation technician education,
empower innovative curriculum development, and
reinforce a workforce pipeline that will be vital to a strong,
post-pandemic recovery.
In part, the group's letter to members of the U.S. House
of Representatives stated, " The PARTT 147 Act is a
bipartisan, bicameral bill introduced by Sen. James Inhofe,
Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Rep. Don Young, and Rep. Cheri
Bustos; it is co-sponsored by seven other senators and
16 representatives. The Act was included in the Senate
Commerce Committee's Aircraft Safety and Certification
Reform Act of 2020 (S. 3969), but not in the House's
companion bill, the Aircraft Certification Reform and
Accountability Act (H.R. 8408). The undersigned urge that
the language be retained in the final legislation.
" The aviation industry relies heavily on its technical

workforce. Aviation maintenance schools governed by Title
14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 147 produce
the vast majority of certificated mechanics. Efficient and
effective Part 147 programs are therefore a vital piece of
the industry's technical personnel pipeline.
" FAA regulations mandate the subject areas aviation
maintenance technician schools must teach to aspiring
aviation maintenance mechanics. Unfortunately, those
static curriculum requirements have not been significantly
updated in more than five decades. The gross regulationimposed hindrance wastes time, resources, and student
tuition, and erodes the attractiveness of the profession.
" Seeing no regulatory relief in sight, the undersigned
organizations acknowledge that this legislative
'fix' is intended to resolve the issue after decades
of pushing for a new rule to modernize aviation
maintenance technician training, ensure a performancebased approach to regulatory oversight, and provide
flexibility for Part 147 schools to partner with high
schools and employers. "
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