Inside Technician Training
Training to become an aircraft technician is a rigorous process. It is a position that requires determination and dedication. For starters, Atlas Aircraft Center Inc., which provides all maintenance for the entire PlaneSense® fractional fleet, (AAC) technicians must have the following:
- 18 months of practical experience with power plants or airframes or 30 months working on both at the same time.
- 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 power plant 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 and Williams. AAC trains its technicians using tours, classroom lectures, manual familiarization, self-study, shadowing, and substantial 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.
As a result of their determination and commitment to excellence, our aircraft mechanics have consistently earned the “Diamond Award for Excellence” from the FAA for more than 15 years. Atlas Aircraft Center has also earned the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) “Training Excellence Award.” As a result of this unparalleled training regime, PlaneSense® fractional share owners can rest easy knowing they are flying on aircraft maintained by the highest of standards.