Aviation High School’s Federal Aviation Administration Program Regulations and Information

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) School Certification: Aviation High School is a certified Aviation Maintenance Technician School in accordance with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations 14 CFR, Part 147.

Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT), also known as an Aircraft Mechanic, refers to a person licensed to carry out aircraft maintenance in the United States. Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) inspect and perform or supervise maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alteration of aircraft and aircraft systems. For persons who hold an AMT (Mechanic) certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, the rules for certification and for certificate-holders are detailed in Subpart D of Part 65 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). Visit the Federal Aviation Administration website for specific program certification requirements - www.faa.gov.

The United States licensing qualification is also referred to by the FAA as the Airframe and Powerplant Certifications (A&P).

Aviation High School Certification Offerings: 

  • Airframe – certification required when working on aircraft structures, systems and components.
  • Powerplant – certification required when working on powerplants (engines) and powerplant systems and components.

Both licenses require the completion of the FAA General curriculum before a student may be certified in either Airframe or Powerplant.

Aviation High School Federal Aviation Administration Program Overview: Aviation High School’s AMT courses follow the guidelines within the FAA approved Operations Manual which organizes our FAA coursework as follows:

  • All students in the 2018 and 2019 graduating classes begin FAA coursework in their sophomore year and can earn one license by the end of their senior year. Students who qualify for the 5th year program may earn their second license by the end of their 5th 
  • All students in the 2020 graduating class and after begin FAA coursework in their freshmen year and can earn one license by the end of their senior year. Students who qualify for the 5th year program may earn their second license by the end of their 5th

Aviation High School courses are organized into segmented courses called rotations. Each rotation is made up of a specific FAA license area that is required for General, Airframe or Powerplant certification. 

  • 9th Year – All courses are organized into two half year courses for two (2) periods a day. Students will rotate halfway through the year in the 9th Students will complete four FAA General areas by the end of the year. 
  • 10th Year – All courses are organized into eight 21 day rotations for three (3) periods a day. Students will complete nine FAA General areas by the end of the year (for a total of 13 FAA General license areas). 
  • 11th Year – All courses are organized into two half year courses for three (3) periods a day. Students rotate midway through the year in the 11th Students will complete four FAA Airframe and two FAA Powerplant areas by the end of the year. 
  • 12th Year – All courses are organized into 32 or 40 day rotations for four (4) periods a day. Students will rotate through four FAA Airframe OR four FAA Powerplant areas. Students will complete 13 FAA Airframe OR 13 FAA Powerplant areas by the end of the year (for a total of 17 FAA Airframe OR 15 FAA Powerplant license requirements). Students may only take one license area (Airframe or Powerplant) in the senior year. 
  • 5th Year (Optional and Available through Selection Process) – All courses are organized into 32 or 40 day rotations for four (4) periods a day. Students will complete 13 FAA Airframe OR 13 FAA Powerplant areas by the end of the year (for a total of 17 FAA Airframe OR 15 FAA Powerplant license requirements). Students may only take the license area (Airframe or Powerplant) that they did not receive in their senior year.

Minimum Passing Grade & Grading Policy:

For a student to be certified for FAA completion in each license area, he or she must:

  • Earn a grade of 70 or better in the license area (rotation) according to the following grading components.
  • Quiz(zes), Homework & Notebook: 25%
  • Final Exam: 25%
  • Lab Projects: 50%
  • Additionally, a student may not be absent or late for more than 10% of the coursework.

It is important to note that all FAA license areas must be completed and passed with a minimum final course grade of 70% or better in order to receive FAA certification. In addition, final exams will be administered at the end of each FAA subject are and must also meet the minimum passing grade of 70%.

FAA Coursework Make-Up Options: Failed rotations are made up according to the following guidelines:

  • Failed coursework (final class grade 50-69) may be remediated during evening, Saturday academy or summer school. When remediating coursework, students must attend and complete the program from beginning to end. No prior projects and/or assignments will be credited. Note: when remediating coursework, the highest passing grade a student may earn is a 70%.
  • Students with final class grades (0-49) must remediate any coursework during summer school. FAA approval will be required for remediation outside of summer school and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • Students who fail 1-2 rotations (final grades 50-69) may remediate coursework via evening school or Saturday academy.
  • Students who fail 3-4 rotations (final grade 50-69) may only remediate coursework via summer school.
  • Students who fail five or more rotations must repeat the entire year.

FAA Final Exam Make-Up Options

  • Final exam remediation will take place during four pre-selected dates during the school year. Students should anticipate testing during the second week of October, December, February and May. Note: maximum number of retakes is two (2).
  • Students must register in advance for final exam remediation. Walk-ins will not be permitted. Note: please listen for final exam registration dates during third period announcements.
  • Students must meet the following deadlines in order to remediate all coursework/final exams.
    • 9th year coursework exams remediation deadline: May 15th of their sophomore year.
    • 10th year coursework/exams remediation deadline: May 15th of their junior year.
    • 11th year coursework/exams remediation deadline: May 15th of their senior year.
    • 12th year coursework/exams remediation deadline: May 15th of their senior year.
    • 5th year coursework/exams remediation deadline May 15th of their 5th

Aviation High School’s FAA Transcript: All FAA coursework will be recorded on each student’s FAA Transcript. Aviation High School FAA transcripts can be found at: https://services.jumpro.pe/app/parent/aviationhs or on the school’s website, www.aviationhs.net

FAA License Area Examination Requirements: All students must take the following examinations to earn their Airframe and/or Powerplant certification:

  • FAA Qualifying Exam (administered in May):

A one-time retake may be administered in August (budget permitting). A student may only take the Qualifying Exam twice.

  • General Exam
    • Number of Questions: 60 multiple-choice questions
    • Passing score: 85% or higher
  • Airframe Exam
    • Number of Questions: 100 multiple-choice questions
    • Passing score: 85% or higher 
  • Powerplant Exam
    • Number of Questions: 100 multiple-choice questions
    • Passing score: 85% or higher
  • FAA Written Exam (administered in June) 
  • General Exam
    • Number of Questions: 60 multiple-choice questions
    • Passing score: 70% or higher
  • Airframe Exam
    • Number of Questions: 100 multiple-choice questions
    • Passing score: 70% or higher 
  • Powerplant Exam
    • Number of Questions: 100 multiple-choice questions
    • Passing score: 70% or higher 
  • FAA Practical Exam (scheduled for one-on-one testing June through May) 
  • Once a student passes their General and Airframe or General and Powerplant written exams the student will be schedule to take the practical exam with an FAA certified Designated Mechanic Examiner (DME). 
  • A practical exam may take a student four to seven hours to complete. 
  • Practical exams cost: $250 per exam. 

Once a student passes all required FAA required courses, Qualifying Exams and licensing examinations they will receive their FAA Airframe or Powerplant certificate. 

5th Year Selection: The fifth year selection process includes a review of student class rank, disciplinary and attendance records dating back to the beginning of their ninth year. 

Annex Selection: The annex selection process takes many factors into account and selection is not based on course grade ranking alone. Criteria will be provided to prospective students. 

Aviation Maintenance Program Contact Information:

Mr. Mario Cotumaccio
FAA Liaison & Assistant Principal of Airframe and Powerplant (11th & 12th Year)
Room 113
mcotumaccio@schools.nyc.gov
(718) 361-2032, extension 1131

Mr. Giovannie Sosa
Assistant Principal of General (9th and 10th Year)
Room 109
gsosa@schools.nyc.gov
(718) 361-2032, extension 1091

Federal Aviation Administration References

The links below include important FAA regulations and publications that are required references or important resources in every course.

Aircraft Handbooks and Manuals: https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aircraft/

Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook General (2018): https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aircraft/media/amt_general_handbook.pdf

Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook Airframe - Volume 1 and 2 (2012): https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aircraft/amt_airframe_handbook/

Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook Powerplant - Volume 1 (2012): https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aircraft/media/FAA-H-8083-32-AMT-Powerplant-Vol-1.pdf

Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook Powerplant - Volume 2 (2012): https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aircraft/media/FAA-H-8083-32-AMT-Powerplant-Vol-2.pdf