From the 1st of August, 2012, the European Commission will implement a new Commission Regulation (EU) No.1149/2011, which includes a regulatory system for licensing aircraft maintenance engineers. FL Technics Training believes that the requirements related to the practical elements of Type Training and ‘on the job training’ will become a new challenge for the aviation industry. According to the new rules, at least 2 weeks-long practical training must be conducted at a Part 147 certified training institution for everyone seeking their Aircraft Maintenance Licence (AML) endorsement with aircraft type. Those seeking it for the very first time must also carry out ‘on the job training’ at a Part 145 certified organisation.

‘This year is important as the ‘transition year’ in the field of Part 147 Aircraft Type Training. The new Part 66 regulation will replace its predecessor and the Part 147 Practical Training element will become mandatory for all persons seeking to successfully pass their type rating training and add it onto their AMLs (Aircraft Maintenance Licence). New EASA Part 66 regulation will be beneficial for both, MROs and Part 147 organisations. Professionals, dedicated to training courses, will come to MROs with already good theoretical and practical preparation.’ – noticed Deputy Head at FL Technics Training Dainius Sakalauskas.

According to D.Sakalauskas, the requirement to complete a practical course consisting of hands-on practical training is necessary. It must be done according to an approved syllabus. This will cause no stress for such organisations as FL Technics Training, which are fully equipped and licensed to conduct full training courses including theoretical, practical and on the job training.

‘The U.S. statistics indicate that 80% of aviation accidents happen due to human errors with 50% – due to maintenance-related human factor problems. Aircraft maintenance involves fast turnaround and high pressure with hundreds of tasks performed by a large number of people working on highly complex and technologically advanced systems. With that in mind, highly qualified specialists, who have done their ‘practical homework’ well, are essential for maintaining safe and reliable aviation services,’ commented D.Sakalauskas.

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