Aero Culture: The Language of Maintenance

Do you speak any foreign languages? Spanish? Swahili? French, maybe? …Or maybe not. What about the language of maintenance?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires all licensed Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanics to speak and read English fluently, but the language requirement of aviation maintenance is much more than that. Though common to well-trained aviation maintenance professionals (AMPs), industry jargon sounds like a foreign tongue to the untrained ear.

For instance, the acronym AMP must be learned at some point. It’s the professional standard for “I fix airplanes!” If you’re serious about maintenance, the language is essential. Knowing what it is to redline, or go above the airspeed at which is it safe to fly, isn’t common knowledge… but it’s something that an aircraft mechanic has to know. Redlining may overstress or damage the structural elements of an aircraft.

The language of maintenance is learned in the classroom, by reading books and magazines, and through extensive experience on the job. It is not just a simple set of terms, however. It’s the source of information that you need to be successful in the industry. Through this shared language, AMPs are able to communicate maintenance issues and solutions effectively.

National Aviation Academy (NAA) ensures that students are provided skills consistent with FAA and industry standards. NAA instructors provide more than the basics; they offer their expertise and insights into industry culture. Graduates enter the workforce after spending 14-21 months with instructors who have conveyed an advanced curriculum and hands-on training, as well as their valuable experience from all sectors of aviation.

As advanced aircraft systems continue to develop and change, maintaining consistent information is an increasingly difficult task. It requires tremendous skill and collective knowledge. The language of maintenance is a network of information that allows AMPs to consistently identify the correct solution to keep our aircraft safely in the sky. So do you speak aviation maintenance? Start today!

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