EASA Accreditation for FAA Part 147 Schools, by Andy Gold

EASA Accreditation
for FAA Part 147 Schools

by Andy Gold & Craig Pollitt

Copyright Date:
July 2015
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A basic outline of EASA Part 66 and 147 and the various ways in which US Part 147 schools may explore this globally recognized accreditation.

EASA for American schools? Why are we even talking about this? In every measurable comparison, the American FAA system clearly works. Our records of aviation safety, operational efficiency, and economics are second to none.

But that’s not the point. For better or worse, EASA is quickly becoming the global standard both inside and outside of Europe. It is also, at least in terms of basic training, a higher standard; and like it or not – we are going to have to catch up. ICAO, who oversees these standards, has already flexed its muscles in 2011, demanding that the FAA adopt an increase in human factors training to bring it closer to EASA minimums. Without a doubt this trend will continue as CAAs and industry worldwide continue to demand comparable levels of training from their American counterparts.

But regardless of what may be coming, there are immediate benefits for US schools who begin to explore and embrace the EASA system:

• Resumes on top of the pile: He or she offers a higher degree of training, increased relevant knowledge and skills, and a proven commitment to the industry and himself by voluntarily going beyond the minimum. All else being equal; who would you hire? Who would you promote?

• Global Opportunities: While not for everyone, the ability to find work anywhere in the world is a selling and decision point when recruiting students.

• Over 1500 EASA certified Part 145s already exist in the US: Over 1500 EASA certified Part 145s already exist in the US: While via bilateral agreements, each has procedures whereby they can employ non-EASA, greater opportunities for international business and an ease of training requirements favor those who do. Thus an applicant holding those certifications would be of greater value and preferable over those who do not. For those 145s with international facilities, the applicant also becomes transferable worldwide if needed.

• International Recruitment: Schools working to recruit international students will enjoy a distinct advantage when offering the certifications most in demand from those countries.

• Category A: A US version of this EASA certificate accredited by National Science Foundation. The fastest and cheapest way to an entry job in aircraft maintenance.

In our opinion, its not “if” EASA is coming to the US, its ‘when”. There is little doubt that between industry and pressure from ICAO that FAA will gradually move in this direction. As a Part 147 school, your attention to this now will both insure your preparedness as EASA’s influence grows and set you apart as a leader within your region.

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About EASA
* why this matters
* global market demand
* EASA basics

Moving Forward
* B1 with FAA A&P dual certification
* B2 avionics certification
* CertTEC/NSF avionics certification
* Category A
* CertTEC Category A
* EASA testing only option

ATB Offerings
* books
* content platforms
* ATB consulting for EASA and ISO 9001 accreditation

EASA Part 66 Appendix 1
a complete breakdown of the EASA ab-initio curricula by module including learning points, learning levels, and knowledge testing requirements.


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