ARSA RSS Feed ARSA LinkedIn
Contact Us Payment Portal

ARSA, ATEC Capitalize on Update to O’Brien Awards

On Jan. 21, ARSA and the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) submitted joint comments on FAA Draft Advisory Circular (AC) 65-25F, “William (Bill) O’Brien Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards Program.”

The O’Brien Awards
Through the William (Bill) O’Brien Awards Program, the FAA recognizes eligible technicians who receive and businesses that promote professional development. The program was founded in 1991 to create an incentive for AMT employees and employers to participate aggressively in maintenance training courses.

Updating AC 65-25
The agency’s purpose for updating the AC was to provide a general overview of the program and direct potential participants online for further information. To ARSA and ATEC, the update represents an opportunity to improve the document in other ways. Most notably:

  • Adding part 147 Aviation Maintenance Technical Schools (AMTSs) to the list of acceptable instruction or course providers. Individuals should be encouraged to take refresher courses from these FAA-controlled institutions. For their part, the schools should have an incentive to provide classes (and many do as IA renewal seminars) that do not meet the definition of “college level course” in the AC.
  • Removing the three-employee requirement from eligible companies. Any company that engages in aviation services should be supported by this program, no matter the size.

To view the entire submission, including a suggested version of the AC with red-lined changes, please click here.



More from ARSA

Urging Senate FAA Reauthorization Action

On Aug. 15, ARSA joined 32 other industry organizations in delivering a letter to Senate leadership urging quick FAA reauthorization action. The Senate FAA bill (S. 1405) is on the…Read More

Repair Station Security Resources

On Aug. 15, ARSA released a Repair Station Security Fact Sheet as a resource for the media, policymakers and the general public understand the rules applicable to FAA-certificated maintenance facilities.…Read More

Another Parts Documentation Extension

Effective Aug. 7, the FAA again explained a repair station’s authority to inspect and issue FAA Form 8130-3 with a right-side signature for new articles received without documentation required by…Read More

FAA, Industry Connect on Remote Connectivity

On Aug. 7, the FAA confirmed it would finalize and publish the industry-produced draft advisory circular providing “guidance for using remote connectivity technology and tools.” “The Aircraft Certification Service (AIR)…Read More

AMS Update – Corporate Members & Continuous Improvement

Bear with us! ARSA is continuing the phased rollout its new association management system (AMS): Contacts from the 17 corporate members have been uploaded – all individuals from paid member…Read More
ARSA