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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Classes were out of session the past couple of weeks, but instructors and staff ensured that improvements were being made on NAA campuses. Here are some highlights:
- Curriculum and lesson presentations are currently being upgraded. Instructors are standardizing materials between each term and campus. Supplementary and reference materials are being updated to reflect new, high-quality texts.
- Collaboration is a major focus of the education department for 2017. Instructors will be working directly with students to implement action plans for success. It is our aim to offer superior training in the shortest amount of time possible.
- Training in classroom management was held on Wednesday, December 27, 2016. Student needs are always a priority at NAA. The staff enrichment emphasized how each member of NAA can better serve our student population on a daily basis.
Each training and collaboration effort supports high-quality aviation maintenance training, FAA certification and employment in careers of the highest caliber for our students. We are looking forward to making 2017 our best year yet!