The FAA explores the future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones, and the possible need for Drone Maintenance Technicians.
By Jul DeGeus
For obvious reasons, we at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance are highly anticipating the celebration of Aviation Maintenance Technician Day on May 24th.
On May 24th in 1868, Charles Edward Taylor was born on a farm in Cerro Gordo, Illinois. He would one day work on engines for the infamous Wright Brothers and become known as the first aviation maintenance technician. (1)
In the latest issue of the Federal Aviation Administration Safety Briefing, assistant editor Jennifer Caron transports you back to the early 1900’s, when the three “crazy” men attempted to make a solid object fly; something that is normal to us today. She then snaps us back into to the present with one genius question: “… you’re an AMT, watching in amazement as drones become increasingly popular. Are YOU the next Charlie Taylor — for drones?” (2)
She’s got a great point- what is the potential outlook for the UAS industry and UAS maintenance technicians? Caron explains the background, demand and the promising opportunities:
The job potential and growth is real, and most believe the UAS industry will grow exponentially. Just consider companies that look to use drones for package delivery. Theoretically, they will need thousands of UAS to meet delivery deadlines not only in the U.S., but around the world…The possibilities are vast. As more and more companies identify and create the need for UAS, the need for UAS technicians will flourish as well. (2)
AIM’s Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems training is a way for individuals to learn more about this evolving industry. It’s a two-day course offered at our Manassas, VA, Chesapeake VA, Atlanta – Metro GA, Dallas – Metro TX, Oakland CA, and Philadelphia PA campuses.
This article, “Drone Maintenance Technician: Aviation Job of the Future?”, is a must read for those interested in UAS, as well as forward thinkers and innovators. Click here to read the article by Jennifer Caron, found on page 33.
- Taylor, B. (n.d.). Charles E. Taylor: The Man Aviation History Almost Forgot. Retrieved from https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/field_offices/fsdo/phl/local_more/media/CT%20Hist.pdf
- Caron, J. (2017, May & June). Drone Maintenance Technician: Aviation Job of the Future.FAA Safety Briefing, 33-34. doi:https://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/2017/media/MayJun2017.pdf
Training will expose students to key aspects of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems field, with a focus on new federal regulations and operating procedures. These courses are designed to help students obtain their remote pilot certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration.
By Brian Stauss
The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) announced it will now be offering Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) training at its campus located in Irving, Texas. This training course was created in response to the growing regulations set forth by the FAA in regards to commercial use of Unmanned Aircraft.
“Our UAS training course is another exciting point of service provided to support the FAA’s aviation safety initiatives designed to educate those who appreciate the creative career opportunities in an evolving field of Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” says David Meierotto, Executive Campus Director at the Irving campus. “The Aviation Institute of Maintenance has a proud history of supporting innovation in aviation maintenance and our new UAS training is yet another chapter added towards that standing.”
This training consists of a pair of two-day courses, each being offered on designated weekends only. Individuals have the option of either enrolling in one of the courses, or they can enroll in both (this would require two separate weekends to complete the second course). The goal of the first course will be to teach students the history of unmanned aircraft, their various missions, the development of drone regulations, and to explore future opportunities in this growing field of aviation. The second course provides an operational understanding on unmanned aircraft, focusing more on actual drone piloting. Topics covered in this course will include unique flight properties and performance, performing basic and advanced flight maneuvers, and responses to common emergency scenarios.
The Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s UAS training will prepare students to take the FAA UAS aeronautical test, or recurrent test for former military UAS operators, which would allow them to obtain their remote pilot certificate from the FAA. Test fees are included in the cost of the training.
For more information on enrolling into Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s UAS training course, contact AIM’s Dallas campus at (214) 333-9711.
About Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Aviation Institute of Maintenance is the United States’ largest family of aviation maintenance schools, with headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va. Students learn the skills necessary to become successful in one of the world’s fastest growing industries, aviation maintenance and the free Human Factors course and certification are examples of the school’s passion and commitment to the aviation industry. AIM graduates are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Oakland, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.