Training to become an aircraft technician is a rigorous process; this is a position that requires determination and dedication. For starters, Atlas Aircraft Center Inc. (AAC) technicians must have one of the following: (1) 18 months of practical experience with powerplants or airframes, (2) 30 months working on both at the same time, or (3) a certificate from an FAA-Approved aviation maintenance technician school, demonstrating successful completion of 2,000 hours of training. The technician must also pass FAA required written, oral, and practical tests to demonstrate their knowledge of general, airframe, and powerplant concepts. Additionally, AAC, the Pilatus approved, fleet service and support center for the PlaneSense® fractional fleet, requires that newly hired technicians receive extensive initial training to become familiar with both AAC and the PlaneSense® program.
Technicians attend factory training with Pilatus, and engine training with Pratt & Whitney. AAC trains its technicians using tours, classroom lectures, manual familiarization, self-study, shadowing, and lots of on-the-job training. To maintain AAC’s high standards, technicians are required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of recurrent training every year.