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Source: Drew Smith, 785-826-2682,

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


SALINA — Kansas State University at Salina is offering a professional aviation maintenance overview course to prepare individuals interested in getting their Federal Aviation Administration mechanic certificate with airframe and/or powerplant ratings.

The course will be offered from 6-10 p.m. Tuesdays from March 24-June 2 at the K-State at Salina campus.

Earning the mechanic certificate is key toward a career in professional aviation maintenance, according to Drew Smith, assistant professor of aviation at K-State at Salina and the course instructor.

"You need the right experience and knowledge to make it through the FAA testing process," Smith said. "If you have already satisfied the experience requirements established by the FAA to qualify for this certificate testing, then the certificate in professional aviation maintenance from K-State at Salina can help you power up your knowledge and skills to pass the computerized, oral and practical examinations."

Smith said the K-State at Salina certificate program is designed specifically for individuals who satisfy requirements outlined in Part 65.77 of the Federal Aviation regulations. These requirements include that applicants for a mechanic certificate or rating present either an appropriate graduation certificate or certificate of completion from a certified aviation maintenance technician school; or have documented evidence of at least 18 months of practical experience with the procedures, practices, materials, tools, machine tools and equipment generally used in constructing, maintaining or altering airframes or powerplants appropriate to the rating sought; or have at least 30 months of practical experience concurrently performing the duties appropriate to both the airframe and powerplant ratings.

For more information, including how to enroll, contact Smith at 785-826-2682 or