The future of airline maintenance safety relies on the next generation.
Delta Air Lines’ TechOps division spent the past few months evaluating aviation maintenance schools in search of institutions that demonstrate a commitment to meeting Federal Aviation Administration standards, as well as its own, which exceed the industry standards.
The Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Chesapeake campus was among 38 schools selected nationwide for the partnership. There are about 120 aviation tech schools throughout the U.S.
“They are being proactive,” said Brad Groom, assistant campus director. “Delta went to the schools because they want to find prospective students so they can keep their highly trained technician influx coming in to Delta as the baby boomer generation is basically retiring.”
Groom said the partnership will be beneficial to the school and its students as they will gain a resource for continuous improvement.
“We will have Delta’s assistance with marketing the program to prospective students,” Groom said. “And it will broaden the benefits of the aviation maintenance tech program available within the global aviation industry.”
The school’s program is 20 months long – or 2,040 hours. Details of the partnership are still being worked out. Groom will travel to Atlanta in June for training. Delta representatives will come to the campus to speak with students about opportunities with their airline, and if Delta wants something specific taught, they may provide a piece of equipment on which students can train.
“The aviation industry is like baseball; they have the minor league and the major league,” Groom said, noting the students could work for Delta Air, a subsidiary of the airline or Delta’s main line. “There are different avenues a student can take. Most of the time they need to cut their teeth at a…