Tampa Bay’s 9th term class visited Clearwater Air Park on January 12, 2017. Students were given a tour of the facilities, and were introduced to members of Chapter 282 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) who are in the process of building an aircraft from the ground up.
EAA Chapter 282 President Bruce Brock guided students on the tour. He discussed a number of experimental aircraft located at the air park and gave an in-depth presentation of his own Van’s RV-7A.
As graduation nears, students are reminded of their passion for aviation and how it will serve them in the industry. The tour highlighted how they might engage in the recreational aviation community – both personally and professionally.
NAA—Tampa Bay’s Student Council held a meeting on Thursday, January 12, 2017. With approximately twenty in attendance, students and staff collaborated on follow-up items and new business. Here are the highlights:
- The hangar manual is currently being redesigned and replaced. Those working on the project are giving it special attention to make it lasting. The manual is being split into sections so that the information will be more easily accessible.
- Student uniforms are an ongoing topic of conversation. Management is in the process of approving a uniform overhaul. Both safety and aesthetic are being taken into consideration for the forthcoming design. Changes to student dress will be implemented in the coming months.
- Updates are being made to student lecture materials. NAA’s education department is working on dynamic content to supplement FAR Part 147 lessons and curriculum objectives. Our instructors understand that everyone learns differently. One benefit of an NAA education is that lectures are reinforced through hands-on projects. That said, the updated in-class materials will be informative, visually appealing and, as always, compliant to FAA standards.
Greg Ostovich and Michael Bouchard of Delta TechOps visited NAA’s Tampa Bay campus on January 11, 2017. Mr. Ostovich and Mr. Bouchard are acting managers of technical operations in Tampa and Orlando, respectively. The pair shared their expert knowledge regarding trends in aviation, and spoke about what Delta is looking for in maintenance personnel. Students were able to ask questions about the hiring process and get answers directly from the source.
Mr. Bouchard was extremely vocal about the need for Advanced Aircraft Systems (AAS) training, stating that, “at this point, we have to accept that avionics training has become a requirement.”
Bouchard pointed to examples of NAA students who have been recruited by Delta within the past year, who are now working line maintenance in Los Angeles. These individuals graduated NAA’s AAS program, and were able to impress Delta’s hiring managers with their thorough knowledge of electrical, electronic and wiring systems. They landed the careers of their dreams immediately upon graduating. However, it would not have been possible without AAS.
Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) certification offers an entry point into the world of aviation maintenance, but AAS training is what makes an individual fully-equipped to meet the demands of modern aircraft. As the industry continues to evolve, A&P mechanics must as well. A working knowledge of avionics equipment and other sophisticated systems is essential to compete for high-level positions within the industry, as is the case at Delta. Advanced training conveys aptitude to leads and supervisors, offering prestige and increased opportunities.
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