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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enroll in the Chaffey College Aeronautics program?

Anyone eligible to enroll at Chaffey College can take the program. No prior mechanical experience is necessary. The program is excellent for those who are seeking a career in aviation maintenance, a foundation for higher education in aircraft maintenance or engineering, homebuilders, pilots, and aircraft owners.

What can I do with an FAA Airframe and Power plant Certificate?

As a certificated mechanic, you are authorized to maintain and repair all civilian fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. This includes helicopters, small general aviation aircraft, large commercial transport aircraft and those in between.

Does Chaffey College offer a certificate for completion of this program?

Yes. Chaffey College offers individual school certificates for completion of the airframe section and the power plant section. Contact a counselor for specific information.

How long does the program take to complete?

The program takes approximately 2 years to complete when attending full time. Full time is Monday through Thursday from 7:15 AM to 4:00 PM, or Monday through Friday from 7:15 AM to 2:15 PM.

Are the courses offered at night?

Currently, Chaffey College does not offer AMT at night. This is however under consideration.

Are any Aeronautics courses offered during the summer?

Please check the school schedule for specific information.

What are the requirements for obtaining the FAA Airframe and Power plant certificates?

There are two ways to obtain an FAA Airframe and Power plant Certificate: meet the minimum FAA work experience requirements (see the FAA web site or contact your local FAA office for details); OR, attend an FAA approved school. In an FAA approved school, students must complete a specific number of hours in the General, Airframe, and Power plant subject areas, as required by the FAA. In addition, there are required lecture topics and lab projects which must be completed. The required lecture topics and lab projects can normally be completed within the prescribed FAA hour requirements.In addition, students must pass a qualification exam with 85% or better for eligibility to take the FAA written exam.

Will I get any credit toward my Airframe and Power plant for any related education which is already completed?

The FAA requires completion of a specific number of hours and subjects, which must be carefully documented. This will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the instructors.

Can I transfer to Chaffey College from another aviation maintenance school?

Yes. All hours and courses taken at any FAA part 147 approved aviation maintenance school can be transferred to the Chaffey College Aeronautics program. An official copy of transcripts and records of hours from the previous school will be required for an evaluation.

Rev. 6/20/16

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