49 U.S. Code § 44515 - Advanced training facilities for maintenance technicians for air carrier aircraft

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(a) General Authority.— The Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration may make grants to not more than 4 vocational technical educational institutions to acquire or construct facilities to be used for the advanced training of maintenance technicians for air carrier aircraft.
(b) Eligibility.— The Administrator may make a grant under this section to a vocational technical educational institution only if the institution has a training curriculum that prepares aircraft maintenance technicians who hold airframe and power plant certificates under subpart D of part 65 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, to maintain, without direct supervision, air carrier aircraft.
(c) Limitation.— A vocational technical educational institution may not receive more than a total of $5,000,000 in grants under this section.


(Pub. L. 103–272, § 1(e),July 5, 1994, 108 Stat. 1184.)

Historical and Revision Notes
Revised Section Source (U.S. Code) Source (Statutes at Large)
49 App.:1354 (note).
Oct., 31, 1992, Pub. L. 102–581, § 119(a)–(c), 106 Stat. 4883.

The words “vocational technical educational institution” are used throughout this section for consistency in this section.
Improvement of Curriculum Standards for Aviation Maintenance Technicians

Pub. L. 108–176, title V, § 504,Dec. 12, 2003, 117 Stat. 2559, provided that:
“(a) In General.—The Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall ensure that the training standards for airframe and powerplant mechanics under part 65 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, are updated and revised in accordance with this section. The Administrator may update and revise the training standards through the initiation of a formal rulemaking or by issuing an advisory circular or other agency guidance.
“(b) Elements for Consideration.—The updated and revised standards required under subsection (a) shall include those curriculum adjustments that are necessary to more accurately reflect current technology and maintenance practices.
“(c) Certification.—Any adjustment or modification of current curriculum standards made pursuant to this section shall be reflected in the certification examinations of airframe and powerplant mechanics.
“(d) Completion.—The revised and updated training standards required by subsection (a) shall be completed not later than 12 months after the date of enactment of this Act [Dec. 12, 2003].
“(e) Periodic Reviews and Updates.—The Administrator shall review the content of the curriculum standards for training airframe and powerplant mechanics referred to in subsection (a) every 3 years after completion of the revised and updated training standards required under subsection (a) as necessary to reflect current technology and maintenance practices.”
Improved Training for Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics

Pub. L. 106–181, title V, § 517,Apr. 5, 2000, 114 Stat. 145, provided that: “The Administrator [of the Federal Aviation Administration] shall form a partnership with industry and labor to develop a model program to improve the curricula, teaching methods, and quality of instructors for training individuals that need certification as airframe and powerplant mechanics.”


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